Two weeks of summer. Four college credits. 14,000 acres of wilderness. What could be better than that?

  • Study the ecology of fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, and plants
  • Practice sampling techniques including electrofishing, live-trapping and radio-tracking
  • Explore terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Learn to understand historical ecological patterns using paleoecology
  • Apply knowledge of water quality sampling and genetics
  • Take a researcher’s approach to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Course runs July 22 – August 5, 2018.
Program cost is $1,995 inclusive of all tuition, fees, room and board.
Some online preparatory work is required.


Inquiry - ADK Field Ecology



This story map seeks to document the many learning experiences I, Abbey Dearwester, have had the opportunity of gaining while studying “Adirondack Field Ecology” over two weeks at Paul Smiths College…»


When I was younger, one of my favorite things to look forward to was renting a cabin in the Adirondacks for a week at the end of the summer…»


I decided to take this course in order to experience the beautiful Adirondacks, and there’s no better way to do that than being in the field. My desire was to get a clearer picture of what I want to study or work as in the future…»


Two weeks spent at Paul Smith’s beautiful campus attending The Adirondack Field Ecology course, was truly inspiring. It was an opportunity to find a specific passion in the large realm of ecology, and it provided a look into many areas of study…»


The Adirondack Field Ecology course is a great way to experiment with several fields of environmental study. For a high schooler, it is helpful to have some experience studying and working in the field, even for just a day…»


Adirondack Field Ecology was an amazing 2 week experience. I got to meet new people that I made lifetime memories with, while also going on amazing hands-on modules…»