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ESF Science Corps

ESF Science Corps is a volunteer organization composed of ESF students from all majors, class years, and backgrounds. Volunteers gain outreach and K-12 education experience by assisting with the logistics and programming of on-campus visits, classroom visits, and community events. In return, K-12 students learn about opportunities at ESF, including research and career paths in a wide variety of environmental and STEM fields.

To support ESF student volunteers, Science Corps hosts monthly workshops during the academic year. These workshops revolve around a different theme each semester, all in service of upskilling Science Corps volunteers. Workshops are open to the entire campus community, to facilitate connections within campus and spread the word about ESF Science Corps opportunities. Each semester, workshops are guided by a unifying theme. These include:

  • Fall 2023: Foundational Communication Skills
  • Spring 2024: Leveraging the Humanities to Improve STEM
  • Fall 2024: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in STEM on Campus and Beyond

Summer Science Corps

During the summer, current ESF students are hired to develop and carry out interactive and hands-on environmental and STEM programming for local middle and high school students. Activities include field trips to area parks, interactive demonstrations on ESF’s Syracuse campus, and local environmental and historical investigations.   

Local middle schools, high schools, community organizations, and educational programs are invited to reach out to get their students connected to Summer Science Corps programming. Local parks, museums, green spaces, historic sites, and other such spaces are invited to reach out to become a site for programming to take place!


To learn more about the Science Corps volunteer organization, or Summer Science Corps programming, please contact:

Olivia Whitmarsh (she/her/hers)
Outreach Coordinator, Open Academy
Phone: (315) 470-4705