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Urban Students Study Environmental Issues


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sixty high school students from urban areas are gathering this week at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to learn about the environmental issues their world faces.

The six-day program, called "Summer 2000 Environmental Awareness Program," will bring the students to the ESF campus for field trips, workshops and presentations by members of the ESF faculty. The students, mostly from New York City public high schools, will also travel to ESF's Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb.

"We wanted to give these urban students some exposure to the study of the environment," said Eva Williams, senior admissions advisor at ESF. "They have this romantic view of what environmental science is and we wanted them to see what it's really like."

The students will learn about the college's electron microscope, the paper-making process and the flora of Oakwood Cemetery. They will also discuss nature literature, landscape architecture and environmental careers. They will study soils during a field trip to ESF's educational facility at Heiberg Forest in Tully.

The events are funded by a grant from the SUNY Office of Special Programs. "Environmental Awareness" was designed for students who qualify for the Educational Opportunity Program, which provides access to higher education for students who have been academically and economically disadvantaged.

The students, who will be on campus June 25 to 30, are from Liverpool and Corcoran high schools in addition to several New York City schools.