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Student Clubs & Activities

The Ranger School offers several clubs and extracurricular activities that students may choose to participate in throughout the year.

Some clubs offer informal learning opportunities that augment or enhance classroom activities. Some offer a chance to network and grow relationships with other students and professionals having similar interests. Others merely offer a fun, relaxing break from classwork, a chance to recreate, explore, and build friendships. Participation in one or more clubs complements and enriches the college experience, and life in general.

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Ranger School Yearbook Committee Advisor: Mr. Tim O'Mara

The Yearbook Committee coordinates the production and publication of the annual yearbook. The club takes and/or gather photos throughout the year, but most of the production work takes place during the spring semester. A full-color yearbook is handed out to students, faculty and staff at graduation time.

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The Ranger School Blue Ox Woodsmen's Team Advisor: Mr. Robert Fleming

Woodsmans TeamLearn the tools and techniques of both traditional and modern lumberjacks and test your skills against college students from around the northeast while you make life-long friends and memories! The Ranger School has a long tradition of sponsoring men's (Jacks), women's (Jills) and mixed (Jack & Jill) teams that conduct demonstrations and compete 2-3 times a semester against colleges from across New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, and even eastern Canada. Practices take place right on campus in a special training area, and generous donations have helped the team acquire the best training and competition equipment available. Following their humble start at the Ranger School, some of our graduates have gone on to compete professionally throughout North America and beyond!

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The Ranger School Chapter of ESF Forestry Club Advisor: Dr. Mariann Johnston

Expand your knowledge of forestry and natural resources conservation professions, and broaden potential career opportunities by participating in the Ranger School Chapter of ESF's Forestry Club. The club organizes a variety of field trips to local sawmills, furniture makers, logging jobs, and maple sugaring operations (to name a few). Club members meet with natural resources professionals to discuss professional skills and expectations and to evaluate potential career paths. They also participate in community service projects such as trail construction and maintenance or tree planting. Many club members join a professional society such as the Society of American Foresters and attend one or more of their meetings. Students continuing their education at ESF's main campus can remain active in the Syracuse Chapter of the Forestry Club.

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The Ranger School Sportsmen's Club

Happ fishermanThe mission of the Ranger School Sportsmen's Club is to provide Ranger School students access and opportunity to hunting, fishing and other related activities while promoting outdoor sporting ethics.

Membership is available to all students enrolled in the current Ranger School class who want to participate and possess a valid New York state hunting or fishing license.

The club is dedicated to exposing students to new outdoor sporting opportunities by providing access to various DEC safety courses (hunting, archery, trapping, boating). The club fosters impromptu mentoring by experienced members as well. 

Past Pursuits:

  • Trout fishing in the Catskills
  • Salmon Fishing in Pulaski, NY
  • Canoe/Kayak fishing trips
  • Ice Fishing Trips
  • Archery
  • Big Game Archery Hunting
  • Trapping

Student log rolling

students playing hockey

Bowling trip!

students with paddles

students with paddles in canoe

Volleyball time!

The Ketchup Hockey Players