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Summer Courses Offered at SUNY ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, NY

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This unique program will provide students who lack the required pre-requisite courses in Trigonometry and/or Biology the opportunity to take courses just prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year. An Introduction to Arboriculture course is also offered.

Classes are held Monday-Friday for 4 weeks: July 15, 2018 — August 10, 2018. Students will move into the dormitory by Noon, Sunday, July 14, and will attend a mandatory orientation session that afternoon.


Program fees* cover room, board, tuition and other program related expenses such as travel and equipment. Textbooks for each course need to be purchased at an additional cost. Students are expected to live in the dormitory unless they have extenuating circumstances (e.g. married). Please contact the director if you have questions.

NOTE: Medical Insurance Required — All students are required to have medical insurance.

Course Credits In-State Tuition $278 per credit hour Room, Board, and Other Fees Total Cost Textbook (additional cost)Prices approximate, subject to change
Trigonometry 3 $834 $1,388 $2,222.00 $95 (approximate, subject to change)
Forest Biology 4 $1,112 $1,388 $2,500.00 $40 (approximate, subject to change)
Arboriculture 3 $834 $1,388 $2,222.00 $120 (approximate, subject to change)

* Students with financial need may be eligible for financial support

Summer Courses Offered Include:

Courses offered in 2018

FTC 101 – Trigonometry for Natural Resource Technicians (3 credits)
Forty hours of lecture and sixteen hours of recitation conducted over a four-week period. A review of selected geometry and algebra topics, and an introduction to trigonometry and its applications. Emphasis on pythagorean theorem, quadratic equations, rectangular coordinate systems, right triangle trigonometry, oblique triangle trigonometry, the Law of Sines, the Law of Cosines and the graphing of trigonometric functions. Graphic calculator required. Summer.

FTC 105 – Tree and Forest Biology (4 credits)
A four-week summer program having forty-five hours of lecture and forty-five hours of lab. An introduction to the biology of trees and the diversity of animal life commonly found in forests. Field labs concentrate on biological relationships in Adirondack forests. Summer.

FOR 481 Introduction to Arboriculture (3 credits)
Two hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Overview of the practice of arboriculture. Emphasis will be on site evaluation for species selection, planting, pruning, fertilization and removal of trees in an urban environment.

Questions should be directed to:

The Ranger School
Wanakena, NY 13695

students surveying
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planting trees
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gathering plants
cutting a tree