Courses That Use the Natural Lands
Non-Timber Forest Products
Students learn to use the forest as a resource—without cutting the trees. They make products like maple syrup and honey, and harvest edible mushrooms and medicinal plants. This course is part of the environmental studies major in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
The college received a grant this fall to explore ways to reduce the amount of energy used in the syrup production process. The grant will help provide an experiential learning opportunity for the students and a potential long-term learning lab for the regional maple syrup industry.
Watch students making maple syrup in the video below:
The Power of Plants
Students explore the role plants play in modern society and indigenous cultures and focus on plants as sources of medicines and food. This course is offered by the Department of Biology.
Land Use and Management
Students learn about the science of land use and land use change, as well as practical management techniques such as trail building. And students design and construct a trail as a capstone project. This course is part of the environmental studies major in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits
This course offers an examination of the historical, psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of outdoor adventure pursuits. This course is part of the outdoor adventure leadership major.
A survey of the ecosystems of central New York, this course emphasizes adaptations of organisms to specific ecosystems, human impact on ecosystem function and species diversity, and the methods used to measure these impacts. This course is part of the outdoor adventure leadership major.
The Art and Science of Tracking
Students learn the techniques of a wildlife tracker. This course is part of the environmental studies major in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Students consider the community’s vulnerability and the potential management responses for biological invasion.
This course prepares students for bow hunting, including orientation to New York State hunting laws, game conservation, and bow hunting techniques. This course is offered by the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.