Out of the classroom, into the field!

Now that winter has finally arrived in Syracuse, we’re looking ahead with renewed enthusiasm to our warmer months and all the beauty they bring.  Even as we shovel and shiver, ESF faculty are working hard to prepare for an unprecedented and exciting summer session program.  ESF students, students at other colleges or universities, rising high school seniors, K-12 teachers, other professionals, and lifelong learners will find the following courses—and their favorable SUNY tuition rates (in state undergraduate: $220/credit; in state graduate: $370/credit*)—valuable and affordable opportunities.   In addition to classroom and online classes, this summer session also features several unique field experience courses, some of which are featured here:

National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine (LSA 496/696), is offered in partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (www.nps.gov/oclp). This program provides in-depth experience and education in park management and preservation, and covers topics such as natural and cultural resource management, historic preservation, mapping techniques.  As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to complete an inventory of Acadia’s historic carriage road system.  In addition to academic credit, accepted participants will be eligible for stipends to offset living expenses, housing, and  transportation to and from the ESF campus. To learn more visit www.esf.edu/cclp/opportunities.htm.

Introduction to Fly Fishing (ESF 296) is an opportunity to learn how to fly fish and to preserve the habitats that make the sport possible.  You’ll learn fly fishing techniques, fish identification, the history of the sport, and how to enjoy it sustainably by preserving fish and aquatic habitat.

Interpreting Field Biology (EFB 418/618) will take place in a beautiful Adirondack setting where you will improve your natural history and interpretive skills and become familiar with Adirondack flora and fauna.

Flora of Central New York (EFB 496/796) will enable you to identify the plants you see when you’re out hiking, and understand the ecology of New York’s plant communities.  You’ll learn all this and more through field experiences in unique, high-quality natural areas in and around Onondaga County.

Living Willow Structures (LSA 496/696) will give you the opportunity to design, build, and install structures such as living fences, tunnels, arbors, and outdoor living rooms.

Please feel free to visit the Summer Session website frequently for updates, a full course list (including online and on-campus courses), and course descriptions: http://www.esf.edu/outreach/summer/

*Tuition costs referenced here are based on currently published rates and are subject to change: http://www.esf.edu/bursar/costs.htm

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