2019 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

Sessions | Tuition & Credits | Financial Aid & Scholarships | Accommodations | Travel | Sponsors | How to Apply

The 2019 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will take place at the historic Youth Camp at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. Beginning in 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) completed several projects throughout the 9,000-acre State Park including boundary surveys, trails, parking areas, and building and shelter construction. In 1938, the National Park Service oversaw the CCC's construction of a new Recreation Demonstration Area at Silver Falls State Park, which is now known as the Silver Falls Youth Camp.

cabin at Silver Falls State Park

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During three one-week sessions in September 2019, students will participate in rehabilitation projects on a variety of historic buildings in the camp. Projects will include masonry repair, log work, window rehabilitation, roof repairs, condition assessments, cultural landscape investigations, and specialized historic building maintenance. Evening lectures by local preservation professionals will focus on the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation. At the completion of Field School, all participants will receive a Certificate of Completion demonstrating a basic knowledge of historic preservation theory and practice.

Session 1: September 3–6
Specialized Preservation Maintenance

During this first week, students will recondition and repair historic woodwork, rehabilitate masonry elements and windows, and conduct condition assessments at the Youth Camp. This one-week session is ideal for facilities and maintenance managers working in National Forests, State Parks, National Parks, or anyone working in the field of historic structure maintenance and rehabilitation.

Session 2: September 8–13
Materials Intensive: Wood

Our second week will focus on the most common material at the Youth Camp: wood. Topics will include wood science and pathology, window frame rehabilitation, shingle work, cleaning agents, log felling and replacement, and more. This one-week session is ideal for participants who want to increase their knowledge of preservation practices for wood elements in historic buildings and those interested in wood rehabilitation and conservation.

Session 3: September 15–20
Preservation Primer

The final week of Field School will offer an introduction to historic preservation and preservation trades. Topics will include the history and theory of preservation, cultural resource management basics, historic building materials, best preservation practices, cultural landscape assessments, and more. This one-week session is ideal for those who are new to the field and all incoming students to the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation program.

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cabin at Silver Falls State Park

Tuition and Credits

Session 1

Tuition: $600
Tuition + One Undergraduate Credit: $750
Tuition + One Graduate Credit: $825

Sessions 2 and 3

Tuition: $900
Tuition + Two Undergraduate Credits: $1,150
Tuition + Two Graduate Credits: $1,250

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Students enrolled at the University of Oregon may be able to use financial aid for Field School tuition. Please contact pnwfs@uoregon.edu for more information.

Director's Scholarship

The Director’s Scholarship covers the cost for one field school session and a $100 travel allowance (up to $1350). This scholarship is awarded to an individual pursuing professional training in historic preservation. It is open to all field school participants. To apply for the Director's Scholarship, participants must include a concise essay during the application process. To be considered for the Director's Scholarship, please submit your application by July 1.

Email pnwfs@uoregon.edu for more information.

cabin at Silver Falls State Park

grassy area with fire circle and benches at Silver Falls Youth Camp


The 2019 Field School will feel like a summer camp adventure as participants take up residence in the Silver Falls Youth Camp's rustic cabins. Participants will need to bring sleeping bags and sleeping pads or may ask to borrow these items from the Field School.


Driving: Silver Falls State Park is located at 20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, Oregon, 97385. There is limited parking at the Youth Camp, parking instructions will be provided.

Flying: The closest airport is Portland International Airport. Complimentary shuttle information will be provided.

Train: The closest railroad station is at the Salem Railroad Station at 500 13th Street SE, Salem, Oregon, 97301. Complimentary shuttle information will be provided.


The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School has been a partnership among multiple agencies for more than 20 years.

  • University of Oregon
  • National Park Service
  • Idaho State Historical Society
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Field School are now available with a deadline of August 1. Rolling admission will follow based on session availability.

Apply for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Field School

Contact pnwfs@uoregon.edu for more information.

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