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Summer Programs - Environmental Science, Sustainability

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Summer Programs - Environmental Science, Sustainability


Clarkson University and Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries' "RiverU" program - http://www.RiverU.org

"A sis-credit program in environmental science and policy. RiverU is for any college or highly motivated high school student with an interest in the environment. Define and direct your academic and future career path by connecting with professionals in the workplace through course-related field trips, while gaining valuable science, engineering, and policy credits over the summer. Includes three days of experiential learning on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater." There's a 1.5 minute informational/ testimonial video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw87dmotNBo


College of the Atlantic's Summer Field Initiativehttp://coa.edu/summerprograms/summer-field-institute/index.php

Get ready to find your academic path in the great outdoors! College of the Atlantic focuses on human ecology—the relationship between humans and our environments. Each Summer Field Institute (SFI) program explores this central theme. For instance, you may spend the morning discussing a novel about life on a remote island, and spend the afternoon exploring the shore of that same island, spotting whales and identifying seabirds and their nesting grounds.


Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academyhttp://www.drexel.edu/bees/summerscience/

"Drexel's weeklong Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside, to salt marsh, to maritime forest, all along the New Jersey coastline, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology, botany and paleontology. The "tour guides" on this adventure will be all-star Drexel professors and expert scientists from the nation’s oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.


Based at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in Ocean Township, NJ, the Environmental Science Leadership Academy opens with a canoe trip through the Pine Barrens and ends with a fossil dig with Drexel paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara, whose world-class Mantua dig site has been featured on the Discovery Channel. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of hands-on experience—the heart of a Drexel education—students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields."


UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design's Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) program - http://ced.berkeley.edu/academics/summer-programs/discovery/


Disc* is an intensive five-week summer program that exposes current college students to the challenges of global urbanization and empowers them with the tools and expertise necessary to craft innovative design-based solutions for the urban environment.


As a complement to a lecture series and hands-on tech workshops, Disc*2015 featured a series of "walkabouts" which used the Bay Area as a case study to better understand how cities globally are adapting to climate change. Students were exposed to models throughout the Bay Area for what is being done to make this region resilient to the ecological challenges we face, in terms of regional biodiversity, green and grey infrastructures, living shorelines and biophilic cities. Guests included Allen Fish, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory; Amber Hasselbring, Executive Director, Nature in the City; Kelley Higgason, Ocean Climate Initiative Coordinator for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary; Peter Brastow, Biodiversity Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of Environmentand many others.


Foresight at Oberlin College & Northwesternhttp://www.foresightdesign.org/high-school/

is a national/international summer, experiential learning program dedicated to equipping the next generation of sustainability-focused leaders with the skills, knowledge and relationships to ensure success. Participants are introduced to fresh sustainability insights, develop as leaders, and become part of an ongoing network to support their future education and career paths. In summer 2015, three groups of 18 students will become social impact researchers, interviewing experienced practitioners and synthesizing their findings into a report and presentation addressing the future of one of three urgent issues— Food, Business, or Essential Resources (e.g. water, energy).


Georgetown Environmental Science Institutehttp://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/21/summer-programs-for-high-school-students/media.cfm?eid=444


Global Bioethicshttp://globalbioethics.org

The Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations. GBI concentrates on disparities over international lines which often lead to poor health and needless loss of life.


Hampshire College's Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institutehttp://www.hampshire.edu/academics/Food-Farm-and-Sustainability-Institute.htm


Hotchkiss Program in Environmental Sciencehttp://www.hotchkiss.org/Summer/Summ_Environmen.aspx

"The Hotchkiss Summer Environmental Science (SES) program cultivates in its students a knowledge of environmental science, provides an immersion in the natural world, and encourages them to become stewards of those resources on a local, regional, national, and global level."


Sewanee Environmental Institute Pre-college Field Studies Experiencehttp://sei.sewanee.edu/programs/precollege

"SEI’s Pre-College Field Studies Experience is

•             designed for students who are passionate about the outdoors

•             for those that want to advance their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment

•             held on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee 

•             for rising high school juniors and seniors with a history of academic success


Students will have the opportunity to explore Sewanee's ecologically diverse 13,000-acre campus under the guidance of faculty members who are passionate about environmental education. This program provides an interdisciplinary introduction to environmental studies."


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Programhttp://www.serc.si.edu/pro_training/internships/internships.aspx

"The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and  beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant."


Sterling College's Sustainable Agriculture Programhttp://www.sterlingcollege.edu/summer-ag.html

"The Summer Sustainable Agriculture Program, part of Sterling's Summer Semester, is an intensive, on-farm practicum experience in which students to learn to 'think and make decisions like farmers.'  Supported by our highly diverse farm, students have the opportunity to learn vegetable crop production and management as well as livestock management.  Our draft horse team enables students to learn the principles of “live power” – draft horse management and also hands on experience with driving the team in our fields.  Students spend each day working on our farm and learning how to make daily and weekly management decisions.  The program is a mixture of on-farm experience as well as classroom coursework in organic vegetable production, livestock management systems, agriculture power, farmstead arts, and permaculture."


Sterling College's Sustainable Food Systems in the Northeast Kingdomhttp://www.sterlingcollege.edu/vt-table.html

"Vermont's Table  is an intensive academic program in sustainable food systems that includes practical culinary experience, frequent field trips, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and seminars in food writing and food entrepreneurism. Courses are offered in two 5-week sessions. The program is open to current Sterling College students, students from other colleges and universities, and adult learners. Some previous culinary experience and background in food systems is helpful, but not required. All participants have the option to receive college credit or audit the courses at a reduced tuition cost."


Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3)http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/student-climate-conservation-congress-sc3

"The mission of the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is to empower outstanding student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address natural resource conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities."


One week program just outside of DC, applications reviewed on a rolling basis.


Sustainable Summer---http://sustainablesummer.org/

Environmental Leadership programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador and The Galapagos

Students need to be 15 years of age or older to apply.


Susquehanna University's Stream Ecology Institutehttp://www.susqu.edu/about-su/in-the-community/summer-high-school-programs/stream-ecology-institute


"Stream ecology is the study of all the living and non-living components of stream systems and how those elements interact with each other. Think of anything you might find in a stream: a trout, a crayfish, a rock, a bug, maybe even an old tire. All of these things influence each other and are affected by one another in a continuum—from small streams to large rivers."


Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) - http://www.med.upenn.edu/ceet/TREES.shtml

  • Students must have completed grade 9, 10, or 11 by the summer.
  • There is no tuition or fees for the program.
  • GPA at least 3.0/4.0.
  • Parental consent required
  • Students must live in Philadelphia or the surrounding area.
  • TREES is a day program, not residential; housing is not provided by the program and students must arrange transportation to campus daily.
  • Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Wildlife Ecology Research at the Huyck Preserve (NY)http://www.huyckpreserve.org/wer/index.html

"Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive 3 week program where rising juniors and seniors learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Ecologist from colleges and universities around the country instruct students on population, community, physiological, disease and behavioral ecology using a diverse array of wildlife and standard research techniques. Wildlife Ecology Research culminates in rigorous small group research projects where students develop and implement research projects from hypothesis to final paper. This program aims to provide a significant academic experience that will help students prepare for courses and research experiences at the college level."


WWOOF-USA® - *Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms* - www.wwoofusa.org/
"Visitors, or 'WWOOFers' live and work on the farm, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board - with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers. WWOOF is an educational and cultural exchange program. WWOOFing is a way to learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of American agrarian culture."


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