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New Vision Environmental Science


  Program Description


Lime Hollow Nature Center
3277 Gracie Road, Cortland NY
Phone:  (607) 758-5260

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New Vision Environmental Science is a one-year program offered to highly motivated high school seniors. Located at Lime Hollow Nature Center, students will explore environmental issues in a real-world setting on nearly 430 acres consisting of forests, fields, streams, bogs, ponds, flora and fauna with access to numerous trails. As the classroom moves from outdoors to inside, students will learn in a state-of-the-art environmental education center as they conduct research and study environmental topics in depth.

Topics include forestry, fish, wildlife, maple production, environmental issues, soil, water, land use and outdoor recreation. Students interact with professionals in the field and use time in the classroom to analyze current trends in careers. Class visitations by professionals in the field, community service projects and field trips are integral components of the program. Students will also fulfill their English 12, Participation in Government, and Economics requirements toward graduation. 


Experience First-Hand
  • Scientific research & inquiry
  • A blended modern classroom & outdoor learning environment
  • Identification of local flora & fauna
  • Pathological problems in forest & wildlife
  • Regulations & economic factors affecting the forest industry
  • Conducting a forest resource inventory & timber appraisal
  • Collaboration with local, state & federal environmental agencies
  • Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • Individual & team problem solving 
*Advanced Employment - additional training may be necessary
Available Academic Credits
  • 3 career studies
  • 1 English 12
  • 1/2 Participation in Government
  • 1/2 Economics
  • 3 college credits for environomental science - Tompkins Cortland Community College

“This program allowed me to leave my high school for half of each school day and explore careers in the outdoors ... It is amazing!” 

“This program has allowed me to focus on my interests and ultimately I have learned more than I would in traditional high school classes.” 

“You get to see the world for how it is instead of how you’re told it is.” 

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to test my skills in the outdoors and gain knowledge about what is really around us.” 

“New Vision has not only prepared me for higher education, and a career, it has prepared me for life.”