The Cranberry Lake Biological Station

An information session for CLBS has been scheduled for February 7th 11:00-12:30 in Gateway A & B. We will provide an overview of courses offered (EFB202 and Field Electives). A representative from our financial aid office will be present to provide information and answer questions.

Registration for Juniors and Seniors will be held immediately following the information session on February 7th. A non-refundable $200 deposit will be required and is to be paid to the Cashier (in Bray Hall) within 24 hours.

Registration for Sophomores/Freshman will be held on Wednesday February 8th from 7:30-10:00 in Bray Rotunda. The Cashier's Office will be open early and the non-refundable $200 deposit can be paid directly after registering.

Expenses for CLBS courses will include tuition ($270/credit hour for instate students and $680/credit hour for out of state students) and food costs (currently estimated at ~$220/week).

Questions about registration should be directed to AnnMarie Clarke.

If you would like general information and/or you have general questions about the Cranberry Lake experience please take a look at our Cranberry Lake Handbook.

CLBS is located in the Great Adirondack region of New York State. The station is surrounded by remote forests classified as Wild Forest or Wilderness by the Adirondack Park Agency. It is isolated by the absence of roads, and can only be accessed by boat, which adds to the experience of the great wilderness adventure.

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Cranberry Lake is the third largest body of water in the Adirondacks. Its environs are ideally suited for a biology summer program. The surrounding topography is rolling hill and lake country dotted with numerous small ponds, bogs and stream drainages. Because 80 percent of the shoreline is in state ownership, the lake remains pristine, unspoiled by recreational developments and pollution problems.

Much of the original forest cover in the region was harvested a century ago; today a rich variety of community types occupies those sites as the vegetation reverts to mature forests. The remaining old-growth forests nearby also provide students with many examples of climax ecosystems, each type reflecting the particular environmental conditions controlling forest development. A wealth of wildlife parallels the variety of cover types. The area provides easy access to a wide range of additional ecosystems, ranging from bog to alpine vegetation.

Facilities include a wireless campus, four classroom-laboratories; a computer cluster; field and laboratory equipment; a dozen power boats; dining facilities for 120; faculty quarters and cabins; an administration building; 12 cabins housing six to eight students each; a recreation hall; and several smaller, supporting buildings.

cranberry boatThe program extends from early June through mid-August, divided into two sessions. Courses are designed to emphasize and effectively utilize the unique nature of this Adirondack setting, and typically involve daily field trips into the surrounding forest, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems.

Information about the summer program, including courses and fees, may be obtained from the Director, Cranberry Lake Biological Station, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Student Research

Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (EFB202) is the one of the keystone courses in the Environmental and Forest Biology curriculum. Students enrolled in this immersive course live at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station for three weeks. During the first two weeks of the course, students study a wide variety of taxonomic groups of organisms, and are introduced to a broad range of field, laboratory and analytical methods. Students then complete a group research project during the third and final week of the course. The research projects require proficiency in field sampling methods, basic experimental design and statistical analysis, and the ability to cooperatively solve problems.

The course culminates in a research symposium during which groups present their findings to their peers and a panel of judges.


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