National Park Service Summer Field School

A six-week, 3-credit field school in the ESF Summer Semester that will take place at Acadia National Park, Maine, from June 14 to July 24, 2015. The course will introduce students to the methods, processes, and techniques of cultural landscape preservation and park management, taught through a combination of field work and classroom learning. Lectures and discussion, led by SUNY ESF and NPS staff, will address natural and cultural resource management, historic preservation standards and guidelines, mapping techniques including GIS, oral history, trail mainteance and construction, and park operations. Students will apply this learning to field work involving documentation of Acadia’s historic trails, which date back to the 19th century.For more information on Acadia's historic trails, see:

The field school will include transportation to and from Syracuse; housing and meals (breakfast) at the College of the Altantic in Bar Harbor, see about-coa; and a $1,000 stipend to offset living expenses. SUNY ESF Summer Semester tuition rates apply, see costs. Tuition assistance may be available. The field school is course LSA 496/696.

The field school is offered through the Center's partnership with the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, and is part of the NPS Desiging the Parks Summer Internship Program, which introduces young diverse groups of students to National Park Service design and planning professions. The Designing the Parks program aims to reinvigorate the design of national parks and bolster the National Park Service’s role as a leader in public park design. For more information, go to:

To apply to the field school, submit a letter of interest, resume, transcript, and two references (names and contact information, no letters required). Send materials electronically or by mail to Professor George W. Curry, Department of Landscape Architecture, Marshall Hall 311, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, or Materials will be accepted through March 15, 2015. Current students in landscape architecture, historic preservation, forest and natural resource management, environmental studies, and related fields are preferred. Enrollment is limited to six.

See Research page for information on previous field schools held in 2006, 2008, and 2012. For an overview of the 2012 field school at Acadia, see linked presentation, Acadia Field School, 2012.

For more information, contact:
John Auwaerter, Co-Director
SUNY ESF Center fro Cultural Landscape Preservation
405 Marshall Hall, SUNY ESF

LSA 481/681 Introduction to Cultural Landscape Preservation
SUNY ESF Course Offering, 3 credits

Offered in Partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Historic Preservation is the Cultural Counterpart of the Green Movement

Historic preservation, also known as heritage conservation, is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect places of historical significance. It is the cultural counterpart of the “green movement” and part of a holistic approach to land stewardship.

Most environmental professionals—from landscape architects and urban planners, to park managers and staff of environmental consulting firms—will encounter historic preservation in their work. Redesigning a streetscape in a historic district, preparing an Environmental Assessment, rehabilitating an old park with use of public funds, or simply a desire to maintain historic character are just some cases where familiarity with historic preservation philosophy, methods, and regulations come into play.  

LSA 481/681 will provide students an introduction to the fundamentals of historic preservation as they are applied to cultural landscapes and programs of the National Park Service. The course will review preservation philosophy, history, and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, and explore methods of inventory, analysis, and treatment of cultural landscapes.  Coursework will include weekly readings, lectures and in-class discussion, and a semester project.

The course will prepare students for the thematic spring studio in cultural landscape preseration (not offered regularly).

Fall 2015: Tuesday-Thursdays, 11:00-12:20, Marshall 327

Instructor:  John Auwaerter, Co-Director, SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation

For more information:, 470-6995, Marshall 405

Enrollment is limited to 18.


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