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 28 – August 10, 2019.
Program cost is $1,995 inclusive of all tuition, fees, room and board.
Some online preparatory work is required.


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We were standing next to a lean-to on Blue Mountain Lake, conversing under the cover of tall white pines. An owl hooted from within a nearby van labelled “Adirondack Raptors”. Mark Manske looked over, then continued telling us about Paul Smith’s College…»


Taking this class gave me the opportunity to learn and experience what it’s like to do hands on work out in the field studying different parts of the environment. During these two weeks we got outside every day and had a lot of fun working with interesting and passionate professors in their area of expertise…»


I discovered the summer courses at Paul Smith’s on their website last fall shortly after my visit to the school for a tour. I loved the area and the campus was beautiful with a huge lake right outside the dining hall, where the views of St. Regis were incredible…»