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Northern Forest Institute

Welcome to the NFI

The Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education & Leadership Training (NFI) is the outreach component of ESF's Newcomb Campus.

NFI is a multi-tiered, interdisciplinary program focused on three audiences:

  • professionals,
  • students in primary, secondary and college curricula, and,
  • the general public.

Faculty and staff from ESF and partnering organizations provide rich experiences in professional development, educational outreach and leadership training in conservation.

Drawing from the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest, NFI provides unique and place-based environmental education and outreach. Through workshops, discussions and hands-on experiences, NFI's outreach efforts connect participants with the natural world while exploring concepts in scientific research, wildlife management, forestry, environmental philosophy, history and many others.