Field Ecology in the Adirondacks

This summer course is specifically designed for high school students interested in natural resources and the conservation
 of biodiversity. You'll spend two exciting weeks living and learning in New York State's Adirondack Park, the largest contiguous protected area in the lower 48 states.

Paul Smith's is the College of the Adirondacks. You'll earn college credit while being exposed to the diversity of knowledge, skills, and techniques used in ecological studies, while you use part of our vast 14,000-acre property as your classroom.

During the course you will learn about:

  • Ecology of fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates,  and plants
  • Sampling techniques including electrofishing, live-trapping and radio-tracking
  • Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Understanding historical ecological patterns using paleoecology
  • Sampling water quality
  • Applied genetics
  • How ecology researchers use geographic information systems (GIS)

You'll learn from internationally respected faculty in classes that include hikes and canoe trips in the wetlands and mountains of the Adirondacks. Evenings will be spent learning more informally around the campfire, with leisure time for swimming, relaxing with new friends, and fishing the lakes right outside your residence hall door!


Dates: July 24 - August 6, 2016


$1,995 early-bird discount for students who register before March 1, 2016

$2,175 for students registering March 1, 2016 or later

All costs are inclusive of tuition, fees and room/board 

To register, please send us an email or call 888.873.6570.



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