Environmental Science Summer Programs

These advanced learning opportunities are coordinated by the OCM BOCES Science Center with OCM BOCES member School Districts. Summer programs are extensive and unique 5 & 6 day environmental education programs that are designed to provide opportunities for district students in grades 10 - 11. Program and transportation coordinated by the Science Center. Each program deals with a specific ecological system:

  • Adirondack Field Studies Program - aquatic and terrestrial habitats in the Adirondacks.  Adirondack_Brochure
  • Marine Studies Enrichment Program - marine habitats on Long island.  Marine_Brochure

Adirondack Field Studies Program

  • Requirements
  • Info/Forms
  • Date/Location

Student Requirements

All student participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Biology or comparable course.

  • Able to work independently without constant supervision.

  • Able to work effectively in a group.

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for science.

  • Enjoy living and working in a wilderness environment.

  • Have the strong recommendation of his or her biology teacher and one other teacher.

Printable Information Forms

Printable Program Forms

*This form packet is mandatory & must be returned prior to departure:

Optional forms:

For more information

Contact the OCM BOCES Science Center:
Phone: (315) 433-2671
Email: mst@ocmboces.org

Date & Location

June 29th-July 5th, 2014
Cranberry Lake Biological Research Center
Cranberry Lake, New York


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SUNY ESF Cranberry Lake Biological
Field Station

Students will conduct individual and group research projects to investigate such questions as the effect of acid rain on various organisms and ecosystems, the effects of man on natural environments or the effect of climate on specific populations. Each problem will be studied in a variety of habitats including the bog, lake, pond, woods, stream, meadow, and mountain.

The uniqueness of this program lies in the partnership it represents between practicing researchers in aquatic and terrestrial ecology and secondary educators in the field of science. Students will be guided by a team of instructors from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and local high school teachers with a strong interest in ecology. Students will have access to both the equipment and the personnel at the Biological Research Station at Cranberry Lake, giving them real insight as to how environmental research is actually carried out.

This is a unique six-day environmental education program designed to provide opportunities for students in Grades 10-11. Students explore the ecology of the Adirondack Mountains and gain hands-on experience in use of the scientific method through both a structured program and independent research. Through daily field excursions and group projects, students will develop an understanding of the ecology of the Adirondack Mountain region and an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of living systems. Investigations in the field and in the lab involve the student in all aspects of the scientific method, from hypothesis formation to data interpretation. The program ends with a symposium in which students present the results of their research projects. The setting for the program is the Cranberry Lake Biological Station, owned by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and located on Cranberry Lake in the northwestern Adirondacks. Although the facility is on the mainland, it is highly isolated and accessible only by boat. Each day, students will be guided by a team of instructors from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and local high school science teachers with a strong interest in ecology. Students will have access to both the equipment and the personnel at the Biological Research Station at Cranberry Lake, giving them real insight as to how biological research is actually carried out. Students will be housed at the Biological Station in comfortable, rustic cabins.


Marine Studies Enrichment Program

  • Requirements
  • Info/Forms
  • Date/Location

Student Requirements

All student participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Biology or comparable course.

  • Able to work independently without constant supervision.

  • Able to work effectively in a group.

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for science.

  • Enjoy living and working in a wilderness environment.

  • Have the strong recommendation of his or her biology teacher and one other teacher.

Printable Information Sheets & Forms:

Printable Program Forms

*The forms in these packets are mandatory & must be returned prior to departure:

Optional forms:

For more information

Contact the OCM BOCES Science Center:
Phone: (315) 433-2671
Email: mst@ocmboces.org

Date & Location

July 13th-18th, 2014
Dorothy P. Flint Camp
Long Island, New York


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Marine Studies Enrichment Program

This program will serve to supplement and enhance concepts learned in the classroom with on-site interpretations and experimentation. This residential experience on eastern Long Island provides students with expansive discussions, lectures and demonstrations.

We are happy to say that we have once again secured the Dorothy P. Flint (Cornell 4 –H) Camp, overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound in Riverhead, as our location. The camp is located on nearly 140 acres of woodlands, farmland and beachfront and sits at the gateway to Long Island’s East End where daily field studies will take place. The camp is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, licensed by the Suffolk County Department of Health and accredited by the American Camping Association.

Through daily field excursions, laboratory and field excercises, movies and slide presentations, students will develop a better understanding of ecological concepts. Students will investigate and study: physical and chemical oceanography, marine ecology, animal behavior, invertebrate zoology, marine fish, algae, seaside plants, birds, mariculture, man's impact on the marine environment and wetland conservation. The program is staffed by a teaching marine biologist who works in conjunction with participating school district teaching professional staff.

FishingThe Marine Studies Enrichment Program offers students a wonderful opportunity to learn about various marine environments. Students will visit salt marshes, sand dunes, rock jetties and sand flats to collect marine specimens and learn about the characteristics and importance of each ecosystem. Crabs, clams, polycheates, mussels, jellyfish and sea stars are among the organisms that will be observed in their natural habitat. Time will also be spent in the laboratory for dissections and lectures. Students will be expected to take notes in the field and laboratory, as well as keep a personal journal.

In addition to fieldwork, students will visit a marine museum to learn about early whaling off the coast of Long Island, as well as go on a fishing trip. Students will also visit Montauk Lighthouse and three beautiful beaches for midday swimming and relaxing. Marine biologists from Long Island will lead the students in their studies.

The learning opportunities in this program are unique and far-reaching. Through teamwork and field experiences, students will gain insights into the unique problems faced by organisms as they survive in salty environments. Students who are prepared for the rigorous schedule will have an unforgettable experience.

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Last updated on 4/11/2014
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