ECOLOGY SUMMER SEMESTER
LYNDON INSTITUTE IS PROUD TO OFFER A SUMMER SEMESTER IN ECOLOGY WITH AN EIGHT-DAY WILDERNESS RESEARCH EXPEDITION. A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
This five-week residential program will work with a small group of dedicated students to delve deeply into the critical subject of ecology. Students will focus on the Northern Forest Ecosystem (Northeastern United States Wilderness Areas) to design individual research projects which we will complete during an eight-day backcountry expedition into the Adirondack Forest Reserve...the largest intact wilderness east of the Mississippi River.
Studying this critical habitat will give students a deep understanding of how natural systems are interconnected, immerse them in the skills of the professional field biologist, and arm them with the knowledge they will need to face some of the most profound challenges of the 21st century.
This course will combine rigorous classroom and lab study with wilderness skills (camping, canoeing, tracking, and safety). In addition to learning the skills of a field scientist, students will become a self-sufficient team while in the dorm and on the trail. They will take charge of cooking, cleaning, harvesting food from our greenhouse, planning menus and much more. Each student will become certified in Wilderness First Aid, become adept at canoeing on both lakes and rivers, learn to navigate with a map and compass, and develop strong observation skills (reading track and trace; identifying plant and animal species). The course will earn a full semester’s high school science credit.
When not out in the wilderness or classroom, students will live in one of several dormitories on the Lyndon Institute campus.
Students will lend a hand in our on-campus garden and greenhouse which will be a source of fresh vegetables for meal preparation.
- Applications due by April 15th
- Enrollment documents due by May 15th
- Tuition deposit due by May 15th
- Personal Skype interview required before acceptance