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Center for ESF in the High School

The Center for ESF in the High School is focused on developing students and citizens. Environmental problems make headlines every day and the ability to understand these complex scientific and social issues is paramount to being informed and educated. Every day we are called upon to help shape our environmental future, either through our work and personal decisions or as participants in a democracy. The Center helps prepare students to be leaders in the stewardship of both our natural and designed environments.

To meet those aims, we look to form partnerships with other colleges, businesses and educational providers, along with school districts, to create programs that support high school teachers and students.

The Center focuses on programs in the STEM fields that are in line with the educational and research activities at SUNY ESF. Particular emphasis is on underserved schools and student groups. These groups include rural and urban areas, women and ethnic minorities.

Professional development and faculty mentoring opportunities for teachers are available throughout the year.

Contact: Office of Experiential Learning and Outreach, Maura H. Stefl, Administrative Assistant,


  • students in the field

  • Students in lab

  • Student in canoe

  • student holding crawfish

  • ESF Outreach Packet

  • Field work in Heiberg forest

  • students in the field

  • children with insects

  • students sorting through leaves

  • students in the lab

  • students in the workshop

  • students sampling a stream

  •  Students sampling a stream

  • Student presentations

  • Student presentations

  •  instructors watching student presentations

  • group photo of Teachers

  • water samples

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Board Members

  • Dr. Neal Abrams, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Steve Balogh, Post Doc, EPA
  • Scott Blair, Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, ESF
  • Heidi Busa, Science Teacher, Marcellus High School
  • Emanuel Carter, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Lindsay Cray, Executive Director, Earthworks Institute
  • Dr. Klaus Doelle, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Melissa Fierke, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Folta, Assistant Professor, ESF
  • Maura Harling Stefl, Administrative Assistant, ESF
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Hogan,Visiting Instructor, ESF
  • Dr. Rafaat Hussein, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Christina "Tina" Limpert, Visiting Assistant Professor, ESF
  • Robert "Bob" Malmsheimer, JD, Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Whitney Marshall, Visiting Instructor, ESF
  • Dr. Gregory "Greg" McGee, Assistant Professor, ESF
  • Ann Moore, Senior Staff Assistant, ESF
  • Brandon Murphy, Training Program Coordinator, ESF
  • Jacob "Jake" O'Connell, Program Coordinator, ESF and ESFHS Alumnus
  • Neil Patterson, Graduate Student, Assist ant Director Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
  • Jane Verostek, Associate Librarian, ESF
  • Dr. Elizabeth Vidon, Assistant Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Christopher "Chris" Whipps, Associate Professor, ESF
  • Dr. Bennette Whitmore, Chair and Assistant Professor