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The Cranberry Lake Biological Station

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The Cranberry Lake Biological Station

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. The station is isolated by the absence of roads, and can only be accessed by boat. The isolation adds to the experience of the great Wilderness adventure, and makes it easier to leave markers and equipment unattended.

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.


Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional field experience in biology.

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, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210.


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