Student Clubs and Organizations
...with meeting times and locations

ESF-Sanctioned Clubs and Organizations

List of ESF Club Officers, 2014-2015

NOTE: Club info & meeting times/places are the most recent provided. Contact to update.

  • Alchemists SocietyMondays (biweekly) at 5:30pm in Nifkin Lounge
    The Alchemists Chemistry Club gives students the chance to have fun with all aspects of chemistry, from conducting projects to visiting trade shows.
  • Alpha Xi Sigma Honor Society (AXS)Mondays (biweekly) at 5:30pm in Nifkin Lounge
    Established in 1914, AXS emphasizes academic excellence and community involvement. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed at least one semester at ESF with a 3.175 GPA. As a member, students must maintain the 3.175 GPA and complete at least 20 hours of community service both on and off the ESF campus each semester.
  • The American Fisheries SocietyWednesdays at 6pm in 315 Bray Hall
    The American fisheries Society is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of aquatic resources, and to facilitating the information exchange between students, professionals, and the public regarding our knowledge of aquatic resources.
  • Baobab SocietyMondays at 4:30pm in 145 Baker Lab
    Established in 1991, this active group unites environmentally-conscious students of historically underrepresented ethnic groups. Promotes a culturally conscious community by providing education and support for its members and facilitates interaction with the greater Syracuse community.
    Visit the Facebook page for more information.
  • Bob Marshall ClubMondays (biweekly) at 6pm in 110 Marshall Hall
    Named for Adirondack educator and preservationist, Bob Marshall, this is an organization of students who are concerned about the future of natural wilderness areas, especially the Adirondack Mountains. This "outing club" enjoys numerous hiking and exploration trips.
  • Cycling Connection—Mondays (first and third of month) at 7pm in Nifkin Lounge
    Cycling Connection both promotes and encourages the use of bicycles in the Syracuse area in order to increase overall health, safety, and access to transportation for all of the ESF campus. We also maintain ESF's Bike Library Program (BLP). Our role is to monitor the bikes on campus for maintenance and to contact Mello Velo under necessary circumstances, as well keep track of who is responsible for damages and of the finances of the program. We work to expand the BLP by promoting it on campus and purchasing additional bikes and other bike-affiliated equipment as necessary. We sponsor events that promote bike ridership and bike safety. For more information, please visit
  • Empire Forester (Yearbook)Tuesdays (biweekly) at 6:30pm in 14 Bray Hall (email
    The basic goals of this organization are to collaborate with members of the student body in order to produce a publication (yearbook) which will reflect a year's worth of events and memories of the ESF community.
  • Engineering for a Sustainable Society (ESS)Tuesdays at 6pm in 19 Moon Library
    This organization is devoted to implementing low-tech, high-impact, engineering projects as a means of improving the quality of life and environment all over the world.
  • Engineers without Borders (EWB)Tuesdays at 6:45pm in 19 Moon Library
    Engineers without Borders (EWB) is a student university chapter of the national organization, EWB-USA. This organization is devoted to implementing low-tech, high-impact, engineering projects as a means of improving the quality of life and environment all over the world.
  • Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) ClubFridays (biweekly) at 2pm in 432 Baker Lab
    This club familiarizes members with current developments and events in the field of environmental resource engineering. There is an emphasis on professional development and enhancing student-student and student-faculty relationships among those in the ERE curriculum.
  • Environmental Studies Student Organization (ESSO)Tuesdays at 4:30pm in 213 Marshall Hall
    The purpose of the Environmental Studies Student Organization is to create a common place for Environmental Studies students to discuss environmental issues, as well as our department and major’s progress and successes, and to participate in volunteer community service. We bring the members of our major closer together through various events, hands on experiences, and community outreach. Our objective is to give all Environmental Studies students a chance to voice their opinions about the major, environmental issues, to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience base, and to facilitate networking connections with the professional realm, namely faculty and staff and neighboring communities.
  • ESF FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship)-Mondays (biweekly) at 5:30pm in 19 Moon Library
    The primary objective of ESF F.O.R.C.E.S. is to promote stewardship projects and volunteerism in New York State Parks. These projects may include improvements to recreational facilities and historic sites, trail rehabilitation, protection and restoration of natural resources, and environmental education and outreach to the community. By providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to ESF students, F.O.R.C.E.S. allows students to be a steward of their local communities, work with New York State Park employees, and gain experience in a wide range of activities.
  • Forestry Club—Tuesdays at 5:15pm in 314 Bray Hall (But email to confirm)
    The Forestry Club's mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; establish professional excellence; and to use the conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems.
  • Graduate Student AssociationTBD
    GSA acts as the representative body of graduate students of SUNY-ESF. Its mission is to serve as an advocate for student sentiment and needs by advising and cooperating with the Administration and Faculty on all administrative, curricular, and instructional affairs that pertain to, or are concern of, the graduate students of the College.
  • Green Campus Initiative (GCI)Thursdays at 7pm in 19 Moon Library
    The Green Campus Initiative is SUNY-ESF’s campus activist group that aims to revolutionize the school to “practice what we teach!”
  • Green Construction GroupThursdays (biweekly) at 4pm in 159 Baker Lab
    The Green Construction Group tries to promote sustainability in both construction and buildings. In order accomplish these goals we bring in guest speakers, host  field trips, professional meetings, club projects, and other relevant activities.
  • Guy A. Baldassarre Birding ClubTuesdays at 4:30pm in 146 Baker Lab
    To advance campus-wide knowledge and interest in Ornithology beyond the classroom, predominately through birding trips throughout central New York.
  • INTERP ClubWednesdays (biweekly) at 6pm in 12 Illick Hall
    The INTERP Club is designed to offer its members new skills and opportunities in interpretation of a wide range of scientific topics. INTERP and its club members will host various events including outdoor interpretive walks, arts and crafts, movie nights, as well as other projects both around campus and in the surrounding community.
  • KnotholeThursdays at 4pm in 12 Bray Hall (email
    Published since 1938, this free publication is a source off campus news, calendar events, interviews, editorials, opinion articles, political cartoons, artwork, poetry, club announcements, and much more. The mission of The Knothole is to provide its readers with writings that are both stimulating and contemporary: to inform its students of clubs, events, and off-campus happenings, to challenge a world driven by progress to uncover the truth about current environmental policies and innovations, and to express such ideas, ingeniously and collectively. Created simply by Stumpies, for Stumpies, The Knothole is a volunteer collective of passionate students. A print copy of the publication is available in the lobby of each ESF academic building, Moon Library, every month during the academic year. The Knothole office is located in 12D Bray Hall. Submissions are always encouraged. Email to see your name in print!
  • LAND/Scape ClubWednesdays (biweekly) at 5pm in 327 Marshall
    The LAND/Scape Club is an organization connected with the Department of Landscape Architecture. The club sponsors the Festival of Places and various guest lectures.
  • Music SocietyWednesdays (biweekly) at 6pm in 12 Bray Hall Spruced Up Folk: 7pm, Wednesdays, Bray Space; Ecotones: 6pm, Sundays and 8pm, Wednesdays
    The ESF Music Society, simply put, is an assemblage of hobbyist musicians with a common interest: performing and practicing music. This student organization exists as an avenue meant to band together scattered ESF and SU musicians and give them the opportunity to play and learn together, as well as put on FREE monthly performances for the student body.
  • Nautilus SocietyTuesdays (biweekly) at 6:30pm in 321 Bray Hall
    The purposes of The Nautilus Society include: creating an institution for people with interest in aquatic sciences; sharing ideas and becoming informed.; participating in community service around local watersheds; highlighting research, internships, and fellowship opportunities; and, introducing members to professional societies.
  • NYWEA (New York Water Environment Association)Mondays (biweekly) at 7:30pm in 110 Moon Library
    The mission of the New York Water Environment Association Student Chapter is to engage students in the water resources profession. The student chapter participates in service activities, professional meetings, seminars, and conferences to enhance professional development within the field of water resources management. Members with engineering, sciences, planning, management, and legal interests who have a passion for creating an environmentally sound future are welcome. Visit NYWEA on Facebook
  • PBE ClubWednesdays at 4pm in 211 Walters Hall
    From the Latin word for "paper", this organization attracts students interested in paper science and related industries. Membership includes two national affiliations.
  • Plant Propagation Club—Thursdays (biweekly) at 5pm in 110 Moon
    The Plant Propagation Club is for those students interested in learning and applying various plant propagation techniques, multiplying plants and selling them at our fundraisers, and participating in fun group activities like terrarium-building and aseptic tissue culture workshops." No previous experience is necessary. Opportunities for independent research may be considered.
  • Primitive Pursuits Club4pm, Fridays, Quad (Weather plan: 110 Marshall Hall)
    Primitive Pursuits club is dedicated to connecting with nature through ancestral living skills and ancient pathways of awareness. We practice and teach skills such as fire by friction, braintanning animal hides, wild edible and medicinal plants, shelter, tracking, flintknapping, primitive trapping, primitive cooking, bowmaking, and much more!
  • Society for Conservation Biology, CNY ChapterThursdays at 7pm in 110 Marshall
    The Society for Conservation Biology, Central New York Chapter, strives to carry out the mission statement of our international society: to advance the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity. We do this by volunteering our time in wildlife rehabilitation areas, zoos, and parks both in Syracuse and around the world.
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Student Association at SUNY-ESF (SER-ESF) - Wednesdays (biweekly) at 1pm in 19 Moon Library
    The basic goals of SER-ESF are to connect ESF with the regional and worldwide aspects of the Society for Ecological Restoration; and to serve as an interdisciplinary hub at SUNY ESF opening doors for students to be involved in ecosystem restoration as a field of study and as a practical service to communities near and afar.
  • Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB)—Tuesdays at 5pm in Illick Conference Room (Duck Room)
    We are the Student Activities Programming Board at SUNY ESF. We are here to provide ESF students with entertaining, educational and social campus-wide programming throughout the year, free of charge. In the past we have brought comedians, ghost hunters, and animal trainers to campus. We have also provided opportunities for students to see shows in the Syracuse area and do activities such as bowing and laser-tag all for free. We welcome any and all ideas or suggestions and can always use more help – it’s a great way to get involved on campus!
  • Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC)Thursdays at 5pm in 19 Moon Library
    The purpose of SEEC is to increase environmental awareness through on- and off-campus education. The goal of environmental awareness is to understand the effects of our individual and collective actions on the global environment.
  • Sustainable Energy Club (SEC)—Thursdays at 5pm in 313 Bray Hall
    The Sustainable Energy Club provides students with an extracurricular outlet to engage in sustainable energy activities outside of the classroom, promote the importance of sustainable energy, and improve relationships with students and faculty in sustainable energy.
  • TroutbumsWednesdays (biweekly) at 5:30pm in 110 Moon Library
    The Trout Bums’ activities focus on helping to protect and preserve freshwater systems through education and service and bringing together experienced and beginning anglers. Every semester Trout Bums engages in multiple community service projects and hosts a fishing trip to a fishery such as the Salmon River.
  • Undergraduate Student Association (USA)Mondays at 5pm in 110 Moon Library
    Also known as Student Council, this is the umbrella organization for all student groups on campus and primary sponsor of student social activities and programs. Founded in 1919, the USA serves as the representative voice and student government for the undergraduate student body. USA's purpose is to unite those who wish to promote the social, academic, cultural and professional interests of the student body. If you are an undergrad who paid the activity fee, you are already a member...come to the meetings!
  • The Wildlife SocietyThursdays at 6pm in 146 Baker Lab
    The Wildlife Society is an international organization committed to managing, conserving, and studying wildlife populations and habitats.  The TWS chapter here at SUNY-ESF is made up of enthusiastic students who are committed to just that.  Our goal is to set up opportunities to gain professional wildlife experience, which betters our members chance of getting a job.  By volunteering on various projects and networking with professionals, we all gain insight of the wildlife field.

Common Syracuse University Clubs ESF Students Tend to Join

  • Alpha Phi Omega (APO)Sundays at 4:30pm in Life Sciences Complex Room 001 (SU Campus)
    A national co-ed service fraternity dedicated to developing leadership, promoting friendship, and providing service to humanity. Membership is open to all enrolled students at SU/SUNY ESF, and those especially interested in campus and community service are encouraged to join.
  • Habitat for HumanityTuesdays at 7pm in Maxwell Auditorium (SU Campus)
    The SU-ESF Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Syracuse community and, ultimately, the world. We work on construction projects locally each weekend. To find out more, check out our site!
  • NYPIRG5:00pm, Thursdays, 732 S. Crouse Ave-2nd Floor
    The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates.
  • Syracuse University Outing Club (SUOC)7:30pm, Tuesdays 207 Hall of Languages
    The Syracuse University Outing Club founded in 1935, gives students at both SU and ESF an opportunity to experience both low and high impact outdoor experiences.  SUOC's activities include caving, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, white water, cross-country and more.


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