Summer Programs

Spend your summer in the Adirondacks - while earning college credit!

Make the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park of New York State your home base this summer while you take classes at Paul Smith's College, the College of the Adirondacks. Our focus on experiential learning means you'll do more than just learn in a classroom - you'll also get hands-on training while surrounded by the mountains, lakes and forests of the largest state park in the lower 48 states. 

Classes for high school students:

Field Ecology in the Adirondacks

A college preparation course for high school juniors and seniors interested in natural resources, conservation, fisheries and wildlife science, biology, ecology, or environmental science.

Dates: July 26 - August 8, 2015

Classes for college students:

Adirondack Field Courses

Your classroom will get a lot bigger during these three-week field sessions when you'll jump into the forests, lakesand wetlands of the Adirondacks while learning valuable field skills. Courses available in Field Herpetology, Field Ornithology, Field Entomology, Field Techniques in Wildlife Sciences, and GIS Natural Resource'll jump into the forests, lakes 

Session One: May 18-June 5, 2015

Session Two: June 8-26, 2015

Session Three: July 6-August 3, 2015


Nature & Culture Courses

No place provides a better location for the study of nature and culture than the gorgeous Adirondacks. Live and learn in the pristine North Country mountains with courses in English Composition II, Nature and Art, Writing on Nature and the Environment, Adirondack Studies, Reporting and Writing Enviornmental News and Creative Writing.

Session One: May 18-June 5, 2015

Session Two: June 8-26, 2015

St. Regis Café Summer Experience

Hospitality and culinary students get hands-on industry experience while operating our popular on-campus restaurant, the St. Regis Café.

Dates: May 19-August (exact date TBA)

Programs for High School Students and Beyond

The Adirondack Woodsmen’s School

A course for high school juniors and seniors and others interested in traditional skills of the north woods.

Beginner session: July 12-18, 2015

Intermediate/Advanced session: July 19-25, 2015

Adirondack Maple School

As maple production continues to grow, so does the demand for educated maple producers!  The Adirondack Maple School at Paul Smith's College offers a learning experience that will focus on the science, business and culinary aspects of maple sap and syrup.

Developing a Profitable Sugaring Operation: August 1-4, 2015

The Art & Science of Cooking with Maple: August 5-8, 2015


Apply today!

Email the Office of Admissions or call (800) 421-2605 for more information on how to enroll at Paul Smith's College this summer.



Paul Smith's College
7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

(518) 327-6227
(800) 421-2605



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