We seek students from all areas of concentration to investigate how the Adirondacks have become — and will continue to be — a timely global exemplar for balancing the complex mix of natural and human environments. Come study the confluence of ecological, geological, political, economic, and cultural issues, etc. that consistently redefine this region and situate it at the cusp of developing strategies for best practices in stewardship and sustainability.
This semester-long, place-based immersion in the Adirondack Park combines academic study with fieldwork and internships. Coordinated as a living-learning community engaged with local organizations and utilizing cooperative/communal structures in wilderness contexts, this program provides students with unparalled opportunities to focus on local environmental issues and their global implications.
Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure and composition of Adirondack forests from Associate Professor of Biology and Faculty-in-Residence Bill Pfitsch.
Experts on the Adirondack Park — with local, state, national, and international reputations — share their perspectives on life, work and recreation in the region.