Student members of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) from Paul Smiths College [NY] and the University of Maine gathered at the First Annual Forestry Student conclave, hosted by student members from the SAF Chapter at the University of Massachusetts on October 15-17, 2010. The students camped at a nearby state forest in New Salem, and toured forest management activities on the Quabbin Reservation, The Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, and the Harvard Forest. In addition to hearing from managers and scientists about forest conservation challenges, the students had a fun opportunity to visit and network about their own activities at their respective institutions, swap stories about summer jobs and other experiences, and start planning for the second annual conclave in 2011.