Summer 2017 Courses

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.

Summer 2017 Schedule

Session A: May 21 - June 9

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

Session B: June 11 - June 30

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

Session C: July 2 - July 14


Session D: July 16 - August 4

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

BOCES in the High School Program: August 6 - August 12

  BOCES in the High School Program  


Mailing Address

Cranberry Lake Biological Station
PO Box 689
Cranberry Lake, NY 12927

Phone on Site



General CLBS questions should be directed to Melissa Fierke.

Arrival Schedule

Located about 75 miles northeast of Watertown and 30 miles west of Tupper Lake along NYS Route 3, the CLBS marina is at 437D Columbian Road near the Village of Cranberry Lake. The main CLBS facility is accessible only by water.

Sessions A - D
Arrive at the CLBS marina at least 15 minutes before your scheduled boat to the station:

10 am — last name A - E
11:15 am — last name F - K
12:30 pm — last name L - P
1:45 pm — last name Q - U
3 pm — last name V - Z


If you can't arrive by the specified time, call CLBS (315-848-3444) to let us know your plans. There may be a later boat that can transport you.

Session E

Course schedule TBA


From Syracuse and West/Southwest
(From Buffalo/Rochester area take Rt 90 East to Rt 81)

  1. Take 81 N to exit #48 (Rt 342/Black River) Continue on Rt 342 until you reach Rt 3
  2. Head East on Rt 3 until you reach Rt 3a
  3. Tum left onto Rt 3a until you reach Rt 3 again
  4. Turn left onto Rt 3 and continue East until you reach Columbian Rd just before the village of Cranberry Lake
  5. Turn right onto Columbian Rd, watch for the CLBS Marina Sign on the left approx. 2 miles from Rt 3
  6. Park in the lot to your right

From East/Southeast

  1. Take I-87 N towards Albany/Montreal
  2. Exit at US-9/Rt-73 (exit #30) towards Keene Valley/Keene
  3. Turn left onto Rt 9
  4. Turn left onto Rt 73 N continue for approx 25 miles
  5. Tum left onto "Old Military Rd"-CR 35
  6. Turn left onto Rt 86, which becomes George H Lapan Memorial Highway
  7. The Lapan Memorial Highway will become Rt 3
  8. Continue on Rt 3 through the village of Cranberry lake until you reach Columbian Rd
  9. Turn Left onto Columbian Rd, watch for the CLBS Marina sign on the left, approx. 2 miles from Rt 3
  10. Park in the lot on your right

Course Descriptions

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EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (3)
Forty-five hours of lecture, laboratory and field instruction per week for three weeks. An introduction to the biodiversity of northeastern North American terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic communities with a focus on vascular plants and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Incorporates practical field exercises designed to acquaint the student with problem solving. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station. The course culminates in a research symposium during which groups present their findings to their peers and a panel of judges.

EFB 337 Field Ethnobotany (3)
Two hours of lecture per week and six to eight hours of field work and discussion each day for two weeks. A field-based introduction to the identification and traditional cultural uses of plants in the Adirondack region for food, medicine and fiber. Topics include plant identification, traditional ecological knowledge and use of ecological and ethnobotanical methods. Satisfies elective field course requirement in programs offered by Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. Cranberry Lake Biological Station. Summer.
Prerequisite: EFB 226 or equivalent.

EFB 345 Forest Health (3)
Seven and one-half hours of lecture and 45 hours of field exercises per week for two weeks. Required in the Forest Health major, but open to others. Examines the varied ecological roles and impacts of pests and pathogens in managed and unmanaged northern forests. Students learn to collect, identify, and study forest insects and pathogens using inventory, survey, analytic methods, and independent research. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisites: One year of general biology, and EFB 202 or equivalents.

EFB 388 Ecology of Adirondack Fishes (3)
Two hours of lecture, and eight hours of fieldwork and discussion each day for two weeks. An integrated field and laboratory course in the identification of fish and recognition of ecological characteristics of major fish species and communities of Adirondack waters. Satisfies a component of the field study elective requirement in Environmental and Forest Biology. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station.
Prerequisite: General zoology or general biology.

EFB 496/796 Topics

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecology of Adirondack Insects (3) join Dr. Barb Hager (Cazenovia College) as she unravels the fascinating diversity and life histories of Adirondack insects.
  • Ecology of Wetland Communities

EFB 496 Topics in Environmental and Forest Biology (1 - 3)
Experimental, interdisciplinary or special coursework in biology for undergraduate students. Subject matter and method of presentation varies from semester to semester. May be repeated for additional credit. Fall or Spring.

EFB 796 Topics in Environmental and Forest Biology (1 - 3)
Special instruction, conference, advanced study, and research in selected subject areas. A written report required. Check Schedule of Courses for details. Fall and Spring.


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