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Courses at Cranberry Lake


Danielle Kavanagh
EB, Administrative Assistant

For Enrolled Students

For more information on CLBS including accommodations, course structure, a packing list, and directions please see the Handbook


About two to three weeks prior to the beginning of your course you will receive an email indicating you should sign up for an arrival time at CLBS. We will also aid in coordinating rideshares.

Rideshare Signup

Arrival Signup

It is encouraged to take a boater safety course. Free boater safety courses are available at Boat US.

Free Boater Safety Course

Schedule of Summer Courses at CLBS

Session Courses Dates
Session A EFB 202 May 21 - June 9
Session B EFB 202 June 11 - June 30
Session C Electives July 2 - July 14
Session D EFB 202 July 16 - August 4


Registration Information

Information sessions for summer courses will be held in January, dates forthcoming. Pre-registration for students requiring EFB 202 or a field elective will be open from February 20th to March 10th. Registration will then be closed until it reopens on March 29th to all students. This registration will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.

Visiting students, including transfer students wishing to take a Cranberry Lake course before beginning class in the Fall must complete the registration form, and the visiting student form (available March 29th) below. Note that you may complete the Cranberry Lake registration form during the pre-registration window, and the visiting student form later.



Course Descriptions

EFB 202 Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (3)

This is the one of the keystone courses in the Environmental and Forest Biology curriculum. Forty-five hours of lecture, laboratory and field instruction per week for three weeks. During the first two weeks of the course, students study a wide variety of northeastern North American terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic biodiversity with a focus on vascular plants and animals. Students then complete a group research project during the third and final week of the course. The research projects require proficiency in field sampling methods, basic experimental design and statistical analysis, and the ability to cooperatively solve problems. The course culminates in a research symposium during which groups present their findings to their peers and a panel of judges.

EFB 388 Ecology of Adirondack Fishes (3)

Two hours of lecture, and eight hours of fieldwork and discussion each day for two weeks. An integrated field and laboratory course in the identification of fish and recognition of ecological characteristics of major fish species and communities of Adirondack waters. Satisfies a component of the field study elective requirement in Environmental and Forest Biology. Summer, Cranberry Lake Biological Station. Students must register for summer session, to which appropriate tuition and fees apply in addition to travel and lodging costs. Prerequisite: General zoology or general biology.

EFB 337 Field Ethnobotany (3)

Two hours of lecture per week and six to eight hours of field work and discussion each day for two weeks. A field-based introduction to the identification and traditional cultural uses of plants in the Adirondack region for food, medicine and fiber. Topics include plant identification, traditional ecological knowledge and use of ecological and ethnobotanical methods. Satisfies elective field course requirement in programs offered by Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. Cranberry Lake Biological Station. Summer. Students must register for summer session, to which appropriate tuition and fees apply in addition to travel and lodging costs. Prerequisite: EFB 226 General Botany or equivalent.

EFB 496 Wildlife Techniques (3)

One to two hours of in-class discussion and 8-9 hours of fieldwork and laboratory study per day for two weeks. The study of theory and application of common field techniques for monitoring wildlife populations. Concepts and methods include ethical care and use of wildlife in field research; identification of New York mammals by tracks, photos, and in-hand specimens; assessment of habitat quality; monitoring of elusive forest species; techniques for capturing, handling, and measuring wild animals; radio telemetry; acoustic surveys. Satisfies field study elective requirement in all Environmental Biology majors.

EFB 496: Adirondack Film and Literature (3)

Does not satisfy Field Elective Requirement for Dept. of Environmental Biology Majors

In this course you will study and practice environmental literature, writing and filmmaking and learn about our connections with the natural world, its rhythms and inhabitants. During this time, we will experience the wonder of the Adirondack Region including trails, hikes, waterways, mountains and landscapes. Our study of the region will include visits to local Wildlife and Nature Centers, as well as time in the towns of Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. During the day we will hike, canoe, learn about the area's flora and fauna, and explore the conventions of environmental film and literature. We will have evening film screenings, followed by night walks, bonfires, and, of course, s’mores. Assignments include daily readings, writings, discussions, and film screenings. Students will be responsible for a final project.

Costs of Attendance

Course Instate Out of State

EFB 202

Tuition: $885

Fees: $175

Room and Board: $660

Tuition: $2,229

Fees: $175

Room and Board: $660


Tuition: $885

Fees: $205

Room and Board: $440

Tuition: $2,229

Fees: $205

Room and Board: $440

*Note these are estimates, please refer to the ESF Bursar's website for most up-to-date information.