Summer 2016 Courses

Note that this summer we will run an extra session of EFB202. We strongly encourage all students who need EFB202 to take CLBS courses this summer as we will not be doing an extra EFB202 session next year. Also, starting in summer 2017, tuition will be charged for these courses, increasing costs substantially.

Courses can be taken for graduate credit upon request.

This summer, there will be three sessions of EFB202 and two elective sessions.

Session A: May 22 - June 10

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

Session B: June 12 - June 24

EFB 337 Ethnobotany Kimmerer
EFB 496/796 Adirondack Insects Hager/Shields
EFB 496/796 Aquatic Ecology Patterson
EFB 498 Research Problems Staff

Session C: June 26 - July 15

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

Session D: July 17 - August 5

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment  

Session E: July 17 - July 29

NOTE: These classes are held at the Ranger School in Wanakena or at the AEC in Newcomb.
EFB 345
Forest Health (held at the Ranger School) Teale/Castello
EFB 496/796 Ecology of Wetland Communities (held at the Ranger School) Leopold/Musselman
EFB 388 Ecology of Adirondack Fishes (held at the AEC) Murphy


Mailing Address

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

Phone on Site



  • Questions on registration or not being able to attend the informational session should be directed to Trupti Indurkar.
  • General CLBS questions or questions on EFB202 should be directed to Melissa Fierke.
  • General CLBS questions or questions on Elective sessions should be directed to Robin Kimmerer.

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. In addition to the state campground there are 2 motels in the village if needed — Cranberry Lake Inn and Stone Manor Inn.

Session E
"E" is an elective session not held at CLBS. Arrive at the Ranger School or the AEC on 7/17/16.


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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