Sokoine University of Agriculture truly offers science-based, field practical oriented training. The Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation is demonstrating a leading role on these aspects, starting right at its inception with an outdoor degree programmes in Forestry. Even before becoming a fully fledged University, in the 1970’s the then Division of Forestry of the University of Dar es Salaam started to build up its infrastructure by seeking and acquiring an appreciable and viable plantation forest on the slopes of Mount Meru for practical training on sustainable management as an enterprise and an ecological hotspot.