Ranger School Centennial

The Ranger School Centennial

The Ranger School 1912-2012 - Celebrating 100 Years [logo]

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Winter Rendezvous

On February 2, 2013, we are hosting a day of events, including the Alumni Hockey Game of the Century and the Centennial Soiree, a semi-formal dinner and dancing event at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. More information and registration form availible here.

Centennial Room

Professor Michael Bridgen is developing an archival collection of important artifacts from Ranger School history. Located in the School's library, the Centennial Room has a computer and storage capacity for multiple types of documents and items. There is also a web page showing photographs and documents from Ranger School classes. Visit it at If you wish to contribute photographs, documents or other items to the webpage or the Centennial Room, please contact Dr. Bridgen directly.

Centennial Map

Ariane Tanski (Class of 2009) is creating a map of the Dubuar Forest. The map will be part of a full-color brochure about the forest and the Ranger School. Follow this link for a printable version of this map that will help you enjoy the trails of this great educational and recreational resource.

nehrClassroom Mural

Renowned artist and muralist Barry Nehr (Class of 1960) has painted a mural on the back wall of our main classroom.

"Built to Last"

Professor Jamie Savage created this presentation in 2003 when a six million dollar addition and renovation project was completed at the Ranger School. It has great information about the history of the school.

Forest Festival

On September 28 & 29, 2012, we plan to welcome people to the Ranger School Campus and Dubuar Forest for a day of music, food, and forest-related activities and demonstrations for the whole family. Open to the public and free to attend!
See link below for more details.

Centennial Lecture Series

A variety of one-hour lectures will be taking place at the Ranger School's main classroom beginning in July and continuing through to October. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The Way to Wanakena

On Saturday, September 1, 2:00-5:00 pm show opens in the main corridor of the Ranger School. 3:00 pm there will be a gallery talk and reception with the artist (this is part of the lecture series, see below)

"The Way to Wanakena" is a photodocumentary graduate thesis in 24 color portraits of year-round and summer Wanakena residents (with interviews and audience response) by Kristen Rehder, master's student at Skidmore College.

Come and experience the Concept of community in a distinctive Adirondack hamlet and help make this project a success.

Ranger School Alumni Reunion

The first weekend in August there will be a reunion for Ranger School graduates. During the reunion there will be a Centennial Ceremony to kick-off the year long celebration. This special ceremony is by invitation only.

Ranger School Centennial

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the SUNY-ESF Ranger School will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Ranger School began in 1912 as a part of the New York State College of Forestry in Syracuse. The first students arrived in August of that year, and the first class graduated in December of 1913. The vision for the Ranger School of long-time director James F. Dubuar was "to train men to fill the gap between the average woodsman and the professional forester."

The Centennial Campaign for the Ranger School

centennial campaign

Through the years the School has evolved to fulfill this vision and so much more. In addition to its Forest Technology Program, a Surveying program was added in 1995, and a program in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation began in the fall of 2011.

The Ranger School Centennial Committee is planning several events that will occur throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The celebration will kick off during the annual Alumni Reunion in August 2012, complete with a spectacular fireworks display. Other events involving the School and the greater community are in the planning stages as well. Former Director Jim Coufal has edited a book that contains highlights from the storied history of the Ranger School, as well as essays from prominent graduates and faculty.

See the box to the right for more information about our plans for 2012-2013.

The Ranger School: A Century in the Forest is available! This book is a compilation of essays and articles from the storied history of the Ranger School. Find out how the Ranger School came to be, how the school has evolved over the years, and dream about what the future might bring. The list of authors includes James Dubuar, Kerm Remele, Jim Coufal and Chris Westbrook.

Centennial in the News

The book is available for purchase!

Below is a preview of the front and back cover.


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