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ESF SCIENCESummer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments

Summer 2019 Highlights

In Sumer 2019, the ESF SCIENCE program continued to connect local high school and middle school students to their local environment. The SCIENCE staff (meet them here) worked with over 150 students from our partners at Nottingham High School, Solvay High School, Expeditionary Learning Middle School, and the NSBE SCSD chapter. Throughout the course of the summer, ESF SCIENCE also got to work with students from Granby Elementary School, Lanigan Elementary School and Ithaca High School. For the end of the summer, the SCIENCE staff was able to work with the Truxton Academy Charter School to begin the process of developing a nature trail.

Summer 2017 Highlights

The 2017 ESF SCIENCE Summer programs were hugley successful. Our summer Science Corps (meet them here) worked with over 450 studentscheck out our summary flier to see photos. We continued to strengthen long term partnerships with Nottingham High School, the Expeditionary learning Middle School, the Syracuse Academy of Science and the SEO Scholars program; Added new partners including the NSBE SCSD Chapter and Father Champlin's Guardian Angel Society. Additionaly, we offered a series of short programs for Girls Inc, REACH CNY (including an instructor training) and the Learning Disabilities Association of CNY Summer Adventures In Learning (SAIL) Program!  

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Photo of Science Corps team with teachers and middle school students standing on a bridge.

Summer 2016 Highlights

The 2016 ESF SCIENCE Summer program was a success, with 4 week-long partnered programs that served over 80 Syracuse City Youths, local partners included the Nottingham High School Smart Scholars, the Expeditionary Learning Middle School, the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs. In it's second year, SEO Scholars / ESF SCIENCE "Branching Out" program engaged 20 students from New York City in hands-on, minds-on STEM experiences. These students spent 5 days in the ESF dorms, worked with students, faculty and alumni and learned about careers in STEM!

We would like to thank First Niagara for providing financial support for the 2016 ESF SCIENCE Program.

  • Check out these thank you notes from Franklin Elementary School's visit to campus (14-June-2016)


The 2015 ESF SCIENCE Program including the SEO Scholars Branching Out Camp were made possible in part, through financial support from:

  • NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Grant
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Cuse Car of Syracuse
  • Solvay Bank
  • Vita DeMarchi
  • William B. Kuhl

Summer 2015 Highlights

In summer 2015, the ESF SCIENCE program served 80 Syracuse City youth during 5 weeks of camp, an additional 70 youth through single day programs, and 19 students from New York City high schools during an overnight week on campus. Partners for camp weeks included the Syracuse City School District, the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, & Youth, The Southwest Community Center, Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO) Scholars Program. The summer 2015 Science Corps was made possible in part through financial support through a NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Program with the Syracuse City School District.

The 2015 summer camps included a week with Nottingham High School, a SCSD Smart Scholars, Early College High Schools that ESF is working with through the SCSD's two NY State Department of Education Grants. The summer program with Nottingham helps build interest in science and the students from Nottingham can explore science further and earn credits from SUNY-ESF through the ESF in the High School Program during the school year.

A new partnership this year with the SEO Scholars brought 19 high school students from New York City to spend a week at ESF working with the Science Corps. The SEO Scholars stayed in Centennial Hall and participated in a week of ESF SCIENCE activities that took place on campus, as well as at Elmwood Park, Green Lakes State Park, and Onondaga Lake Park. Their visit was sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation, Cuse Car of Syracuse, Solvay Bank, Vita DeMarchi and William B. Kuhl.

This year's SCIENCE program highlights included fish surveys in Onondaga Lake, entomology, alternative energy projects, stream ecology, invasive species education and removal at Green Lakes State Park, GPS, and GIS mapping.

The ESF SCIENCE summer camp program achieves several of the targets outlined by the College's Vision 2020: A Better World Through Environmental Discovery and exposes Syracuse middle school students to science and environmental education. ESF SCIENCE, situated in local green spaces such as Elmwood Park and the Onondaga Creek corridor, helps students be more aware of urban environmental issues and motivates them to become involved in determining the outcomes of environmental problem solving. In addition, students are involved in service-learning projects that promote environmental stewardship, as students take pride in maintaining and improving the environment for their communities. Students learn in local green spaces that are relevant to their lives, a critical key for cultivating and sustaining interest in science during the middle school years and beyond. Our goal is to enrich student science learning using inquiry, experiential, and critical thinking approaches in the urban environment.