We're on a mission to shake up the world of conservation by providing unique eco-adventures: Trips that partner with researchers for a collaborative, hands-on experience.


Nova Conservation coordinates between researchers doing interesting work in the field, and connect them with people who want a unique travel experience.

I’m Laura Marsh, and I am passionate about conservation, wildlife biology, outdoors, and nature. My background is in ecology, with a focus on ornithology.

Nova Conservation was founded to connect people, especially non-biologists, who want more than a passive vacation.  It will include participation in exciting ongoing research in order to gain a better

understanding and appreciation of the natural world we live in. I truly believe my calling in life is to help others experience wildlife so that they are motivated to protect it.

I love traveling, specifically to visit special ecosystems and charismatic wildlife, and I always felt a desire to connect with other biologists to experience their research up close.

I believe there are many other people who are willing to give time and money to embark on an adventure that helps conservation research. Young people especially seek experiences and “traveling with a purpose”—what better way to give back to the planet than having a meaningful connection with nature.

With this goal in mind, Nova Conservation was born! As we are just getting started on our journey, we would love any collaborations and partnerships. Please reach out: 


We look forward to seeing you on our next adventure!

O U R    T E A M

Laura Marsh is a field ornithologist and conservation biologist, as well as the founder of Nova Conservation. She holds a Master's in Environmental Science, and her thesis was on bird responses to human disturbances. She has worked as a biologist at various institutions, including the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Laura also volunteers at Chattanooga Audubon Society and other ornithological societies when she's not chasing birds in the field or her two young boys around the house.

Kelsey Bernard is the social media guru for Nova Conservation and is excited to be a part of an organization that allows people a unique opportunity to experience the environment. She graduated from Washington State University in 2017 with a degree in Zoology and since has worked on various wildlife projects throughout the country. She has a special interest in carnivore conservation and uses social media and blog writing to connect people to these fascinating animals. Currently, she is a wildlife technician working with SUNY-ESF studying social organization, predator-prey relationships and overall reintroduction success of wolves in Isle Royale National Park. 

Haley Stanley is our Marketing Strategist: She comes up with creative solutions and keeps things organized so I (Laura) don’t have to! A native of north Georgia, is currently studying Business Administration and Marketing. Haley is organized, dedicated, and successful in all she puts her mind to. She loves traveling, learning new things, and her daughter, Sophie. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, sightseeing, and gardening. Her long-term career goals are to own her own florists’ shop and brand for a wide range of natural products.

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