ESF Celebrates Student Creativity and Discovery

SYRACUSE — ESF friends and alumni are invited to campus to help celebrate student creativity and discovery during MayFest, from 9am to 3pm, April 25 on the ESF and Syracuse University campuses. The day will be filled with presentations, programs and exhibits that highlight the work our students do throughout the year.

Among the planned events will be the display of the solar boat built by environmental resources and forest engineering students, a papermaking demonstration, an introduction to nature journaling, landscape architecture student project displays, a demonstration of field skills used by forest and natural resources management students, and demonstrations of preparation techniques used in the Roosevelt Wildlife Collection.

The day’s schedule of ESF events is as follows:

8am to noon SciMix — Posters of ESF students research projects. Carrier Dome
8am to 3pm Gallery displays of landscape architecture students work. Marshall Hall, floors 3 & 4
9 to 10am Nature journaling — An introduction to nature journaling with fun activities sure to get participants journaling on their own. 12 Illick Hall
9 to 10am Hands-on papermaking demonstration — Make handmade paper with Paper Science and Engineering students and faculty. Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall
9am to 3pm ESF Quad Tent Event:
  • Solar boat — See the solar boat built by Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering (ERFEG) students.
  • Create-a-park — Design your own greenspace.
  • Educational Outreach — An overview of ESF’s Educational Outreach programs.
  • Stereoscopes — Get a different view on things via stereoscopes with ERFEG.
  • Nature in Your Backyard — Meet the talent behind ESF’s new nature series and see the show.
  • Alternative Energy — Learn about alternative energy research being done at ESF.
Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall
10 to 11am Canaries of the Stream, The Use of Macroinvertebrates for Assessing Water Quality. 12 Illick Hall
10am to noon Roosevelt Wildlife Collection — Collection curator will explain and demonstrate preparation of vertebrate specimens. 215 Illick Hall
10am ESF campus tours Leaving from tent on SU Quad
11am to noon Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM): Synthesis and Applying Students’ Knowledge — FNRM students will discuss the experience gained through writing management plans. 324 Bray Hall
Noon to 3pm Bob Marshall Club — Meet members of the student club named for Adirondack educator and preservationist Bob Marshall. Club members are concerned about the future of natural wilderness areas, especially the Adirondack Mountains. The club enjoys numerous hiking and exploration trips during the academic year. Alumni Lounge, Marshall Hall
2pm to 3pm Roosevelt Wildlife Collection — Collection curator will explain and demonstrate preparation of vertebrate specimens. 215 Illick Hall
Noon ESF campus tours Leaving from tent on SU Quad
1 to 3pm FNRM field skills demonstration — The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters will demonstrate field skills and give audience members the opportunity to try their hand at field techniques. Location TBA
2 to 5pm Cultural Landscape of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Estate — Presentation by LA’s cultural landscape studio on the preservation of the New York estate of FDR. 409 Marshall Hall
2pm ESF campus tours Leaving from tent on SU Quad

The event is held in collaboration with Syracuse University. For information about events on the SU campus, visit


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