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Summer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments
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ESF SCIENCE is made possible through financial support from:

  • First Niagara Bank
  • NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Grant

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In summer 2014, the ESF SCIENCE program served 117 Syracuse City youth during 5 weeks of camp, and an additional 99 students through single day programs. Partners for camp weeks included the Syracuse City School District, the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, & Youth. The summer 2014 Science Corps was made possible in part through financial support from First Niagara Bank, and a NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Program with the Syracuse City School District. Additional day programs served students from the Westside Academy, The Dunbar Center, and Reach CNY working the South West Community Center.

The 2014 summer camps included a week with Nottingham High School, a SCSD Smart Scholars, Early College High Schools that ESF is working with through the SCSD's two NY State Department of Education Grants. The summer program with Nottingham helps build interest in science and the students from Nottingham can explore science further and earn credits from SUNY-ESF through the ESF in the High School Program during the school year. This summer also included the third offering of the All Hands on Science program in collaboration with the Syracuse City School District. The All Hands on Science Program featured a schedule of activities developed by the Science Corps and run in collaboration with several SCSD teachers.

This year's SCIENCE program highlights included fish surveys in Onondaga Lake, animal footprint casts, phase change chemistry, entomology, alternative energy projects, stream ecology, invasive species education and removal at Green Lakes State Park, and activities on ESF's campus.

The ESF SCIENCE summer camp program achieves several of the targets outlined by the College's Vision 2020: A Better World Through Environmental Discovery and exposes Syracuse middle school students to science and environmental education. ESF SCIENCE, situated in local green spaces such as Elmwood Park and the Onondaga Creek corridor, helps students be more aware of urban environmental issues and motivates them to become involved in determining the outcomes of environmental problem solving. In addition, students are involved in service-learning projects that promote environmental stewardship, as students take pride in maintaining and improving the environment for their communities. Students learn in local green spaces that are relevant to their lives, a critical key for cultivating and sustaining interest in science during the middle school years and beyond. Our goal is to enrich student science learning using inquiry, experiential, and critical thinking approaches in the urban environment.

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