Conservation, Eco-Tourism, and their Impact of Indigenous Peoples

Challenge the way you think about sustainability and conservation by investigating the complex relationships within human, land, and wildlife interactions in order to build deeper connections to our natural environments.
Harkness Travel - Kenya
Harkness Travel - Kenya

The savannahs, mountains, and forests of Kenya are home to an incredible diversity of species. Natural environments like these are an often undervalued resource that give us great insight into our past, inspire our culture, and sustain our future in ways we often can’t understand or predict. As more and more people have an opportunity to head out on a safari somewhere on the African continent, more complexities arise that impact the relationships between land, animals, and humans.


Harkness Travel - Kenya
Harkness Travel - Kenya

Wildlife conservation is big business in Kenya and ecotourism within that structure is one of the top 3 contributors to its GDP. Preservation of open space helps save species from destruction, sustains the environment, and expands business and revenue opportunities for many. However, Kenya’s conservation system is also displacing native pastoralist communities from their historic lands. Although Kenyan pastoralists have been protecting and coexisting with wildlife for centuries, a duality exists between the two perspectives that is rooted in Kenya’s colonial legacy.

In partnership with Atlas Workshops, we will explore the intersection of values and issues of conservation in Kenya. From the western-sponsored wildlife support organizations to community conservation programs across the country, the spectrum of work is as diverse as the country itself. In Nairobi we will visit key animal sanctuaries to learn different approaches and be inspired by the legacy of Wangari Maathai, a Nobel prize winning environmentalist in Kenya. In the Mara, we will learn from Maasai people, who have coexisted with animals for millenia, about the global pressures and expectations of conservation. We will meet with local students and young people to explore how the next generation can build deeper connections to our natural environments.


Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House/Advisor recommendations, medical clearance for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Tara Gonzalez by Monday, October 30, 2023.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 30, 2023.


March 1 - 14, 2024



Includes all ground transportation, flights, meals, accommodations, and any required non-routine vaccines. Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY vaccines. All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines; if routine vaccines are administered on campus, families will be charged. If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health and Wellness Center no later than December 15, 2023.

Target Student Population

This program will be open to III through V Form students.

Program Leaders

John Hughes
Director of Experiential Education
Shinae Park
Science Teacher
Stuart Robertson
Visual Arts Teacher

Pre-Trip Work

Prior to our trip, we will have 3–5 mandatory meetings for all students traveling with this program. [dates TBA]

Student Expectations

Click Here to View the Kenya Spring Break 2024 Packing List

Passports MUST be valid through October 15, 2024; if the passport will expire before that date students should apply for a replacement as soon as possible.

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