Priorities & Projects


Education is the primary mission of Ithaca College, and it is the primary rationale behind the management of ICNL reserves as undeveloped forest.  The informal educational opportunities on ICNL are practically limitless.  Some examples of formal coursework taking place on ICNL are below:

Environmental Sentinels (ENVS 120) - A field-based course focused on natural history and skills for observing and interpreting subtle changes in the local environment.  It is founded on experiential wilderness awareness training.  The course was designed to be taught on ICNL, but could be implemented elsewhere.  (For an analysis of this course as a case study, see the featured publication at right.)

Topics in Geography and Planning – Land Use and Management (ENVS 331) - A course designed to teach concepts of land-use change and land-use science.  The experiential portion of the course focuses on practical management, realities faced by the ICNL Committee and Staff.  This course was designed to be taught on ICNL, but could be implemented on managed lands at any college or university.

Topics in Natural Resources and Ecology - Farming the Forest (ENVS 350) - This course revolves around hands-on experience running a non-timber forest products business.  South Hill Forest Products distributes maple syrup, honey and other hive products, and edible mushrooms across campus and to local businesses.  

Recreational Land Use Ethics (RLS 370) - This course examines the people and social forces that have influenced land use related to designated wilderness, and it frequently uses ICNL for field work.

Outdoor Adventure Pursuits (RLS 151) - The class examines the historical, psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of outdoor adventure pursuits, and it frequently uses ICNL for field work.

Field Biology (BIOL 275) - Students spend a weekly 5-hour field exercise on ICNL reserves designing and executing a research project.