Auction to Benefits Student Work in Zimbabwe

Above: Student accommodations being constructed on the Sizinda campus.

Painted Dog Research Trust USA is an organization founded by Carrie Culp, ASLA, in 2014 to link local Washington college students with projects that benefit their education and benefit the conservation of the African painted dog (Lycaon pictus).

In January 2017, PDRT-USA will undertake our third such project. Working with Brian Gerich and University of Washington’s landscape architecture department, this Design Activism studio will focus on the design and development of a natural bio-remediation wetland to treat all waste water on a sustainable research campus in Zimbabwe, called Sizinda. Once developed and constructed (in a future design/build studio), this project will also be shared with local people as a replicable technology for their own communities.

Our Third Annual Fundraiser will be held on February 23, 2017 at the Ballard Elks Lodge and will feature a live and silent auction. Funds raised at this event will benefit Painted Dog Research Trust USA’s ongoing student projects and will begin to raise money for the bioremediation wetland project with UW. Students who have worked on past projects will be there to discuss their successes and what the projects have meant to them. Dr. Greg Rasmussen from Sizinda will also be speaking about his work with African painted dogs.

Please come support our cause on February 23rd. Heavy appetizers are served along with a no host bar. There is ample free parking right outside the doors. Tickets can be purchased for the early bird price of $60 until 15 January 2017 at under Events on our home page.

Last year’s fundraiser raised over $45,000 – a large portion of which has been donated to the ongoing construction work at Sizinda, Dr. Greg Rasmussen’s field research campus in Zimbabwe, and has funded ongoing research into the causes of African wild dog mortality. These funds have also supported our UAV and Solar Tree projects with Washington State University.

Please come out and support local landscape architectural education and learn more about our mission!



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