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)

Introductory and Advanced courses run concurrently. The Introductory course is ideal for anyone age 16+ interested in obtaining a strong foundation of knowledge and skills through college-level coursework. Students in the Advanced course will earn upper-division (300-level) credits through a more rigorous approach to the curriculum. Students who complete either course will earn 4 college credits.

Course runs July 16 – 29, 2023.
Program cost is $1,995 inclusive of all tuition, fees, room and board.
Some online preparatory work is required.


Check back later this year for 2024 information. 



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Who knew, hopping from hula hoop to hula hoop that we would find a rare rattlesnake plantain, float on a bog, have a hawk eat out of our hands, hear a chickadee’s heartbeat, and touch soil from 7,000 years ago. The experiences we have had in 14 days is only a fraction to the depth of knowledge we’ve gained about our environment and the earth…»


For the duration of two weeks in late July, fifteen students joined together to learn all they could about the field of Ecology. With the help of various experts in each sub-field, every day was filled with new adventures. In chronological orders, the modules and professors were as followed Botany (Steve Langdon), Forest Ecology (Justin Waskiewicz), Wetland Ecology (Dan Spada), Watersheds (Mel Johnson), Small Mammals (Dan Dogan), ADK Eco: High Peaks Hike (Ryan Nerp), Wildlife Techniques (Jorie Favreau), Fishes and their Environments (Ellen George), Herpetology (Elizabeth Harper), Ornithology (Brian McAllister), Aquatic Invertebrates (Janet Mihuc), Lakes/Limnology (Brendan Wiltse), and Microbiology (Scott Chimelski)…»


I really enjoyed this course and getting to see Paul Smith’s College, as well as getting to meet new people. I got to further explore and learn about my interests….»