65 Reservoir Road Cornwall, NY 12518

Registration begins March 8th!

SUMMER SCIENCE CLASSES 2013

blackrockforest. This class takes an in-depth look at that work.000-acre preserve in Cornwall. or 1:30 p. Our focus is on understanding nature through scientific observation and investigation. just north of West Point. mates to attract. Classes are developed and taught by subject experts and provide an opportunity to explore college and career possibilities in the natural sciences while having fun in locations ranging from Black Rock Forest. founded in 1989. please visit www.26. middle and high school classes Week 2: July 22 . in wildlife science from Cornell University. like friends of friends on Facebook. . About us: Black Rock Forest Consortium. Evolution. schools. day classes only. Jeffrey Kidder. day and residential classes.m. a private 4. first-served basis. Graduate Student in Ecology. About the Director: Dr. students entering 10th through freshman year of college Week 1: July 15 . Full-day class: 8:30 a. $225 • 02 Everything Is Connected: No. . high school only Registration begins at 9 AM on Friday. and predators to avoid.12:30 p.5:30 p. to the Florida coast and summits of the Adirondack Mountains. He has designed education programs that integrate university resources with K-12 science at Cornell University.19. and introduces students to the exciting study of animal behavior. Summer Science Class Schedule 2013 01 From Bird Songs to Bee Nests: An Introduction to Animal Behavior in Black Rock Forest Ansel Payne. Rutgers University. is a non-profit research.taught by science professionals! Black Rock Forest Consortium welcomes middle and high school students this summer for authentic. Graduate Student in Comparative Biology. For more information. NY. Kidder holds a Ph. day and residential classes. City University of New York Graduate Center Everything in nature is connected. With nests to build. day and residential classes. . and research institutions from the New York metro area. high school only Week 3: July 29 . education and conservation organization with a membership of 23 prominent universities. while daily fieldwork will introduce students to modern techniques in observation and experimental design. Black Rock Forest Consortium’s Director of Education. . Major examples will focus on bird and insect models.m. Call 845-534-4517 to reserve a space. and Behavioral Biology. American Museum of Natural History Summer is a busy time in the eastern deciduous forest. in zoology and an M. Our facilities include two award-winning green buildings. is the director of the Summer Science Class program.5:30 p. and our classes allow students to explore areas of interest without the pressure of a grade. students entering 7th through 9th grades High school class. the Forest will serve as both a classroom and a living showcase of animal behavior.S. It’s easy to sign up.August 2. Throughout.m. animals have to work hard to stay alive and prosper in an ever-changing environment.D. the Science & Education Center and the 60-bed Forest Lodge. and classes will be filled on a first-come. March 8th. Just call 845-534-4517. Week 2: morning or afternoon.org. Half-day class: 8:30 a. We are located in Cornwall. Short lectures will build a foundation for an evolutionary understanding of why animals do what they do. middle school only Week 4: August 5-9.Authentic science experiences…. In this (continued on next page) • • Middle school class. week-long learning experiences in nature. sometimes through several steps.m. two very different kinds of animals that have evolved similar strategies to survive and reproduce. Not Facebook… Nature! Yntze van der Hoek. working directly with scientists and artists. and the University of Colorado at Boulder.m. Please be aware that space is limited.m. Richard Gilder Graduate School. Sometimes the connection is direct.

the class introduces students to observational and notational methods through creative journal making. Week 3: morning or afternoon. and learn the techniques of mist netting and data collection. Director of Education and Public Programs. ecological habitats. the Storm King Art Center is widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. and Biological Illustration Carly Tribull. Storm King Art Center Throughout history. Students will leave the class having created their own experimental field journal. This class will allow students to contribute to this dataset through a capture-mark-recapture process. and the practice of recording in journals engages and develops lateral thinking capabilities. and journals will be provided. as well as the importance of collecting data for scientific research. Students will experience birding in a variety of habitats. this class offers students a unique opportunity to combine field ecology and artistic practice at the Storm King Art Center. and writing are among a variety of observational and recording methods with which students will engage. Nature Journaling. Such visual and written notation requires keen observational skills. and Graduate Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. and behavior. There will also be a human bird-calling contest. Architect. $225 • • 03 The Art of Scientific Observation . age. and a nighttime prOWLing adventure! Binoculars. and will learn how an understanding of all these topics can be used in forest management and conservation. both scientists and artists have used field journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas. Weaving together science and art. the effects of animals and other disturbances (hurricanes) on the forest. and other information will be recorded at the time of capture. scientists at the American Museum of Natural History have tracked and recorded demographic data for the turtles in the Black Rock Forest. Artist. $225 04 Flying High Ornithology Class Danielle Bunch. and collecting procedures. Richard Gilder Graduate School. shell measurements. Week 1: morning or afternoon. ecology. Eventually. $225 Week 2: morning or afternoon. Research Associate. We will also spend some time learning field techniques useful for finding other herps (such as salamanders) surrounding the ponds. ponds. collaging. From sweeping. A neighbor to Black Rock Forest. intricate murals in natural history museums to exactingly drawn anatomical figures in biological • • .From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture Hara Woltz. hills. Storm King’s 500-acre landscape of fields. we will learn all about forest ecology and how everything is connected. New York University The sights and sounds of songbirds provide an excellent introduction into the world of ornithology. Daily investigations will include field analysis of plant and animal life. participate in interactive conservation activities. Steinhardt School of Education. location. Antonia Florio. Graduate Student in Comparative Biology. watch a live bird program. $225 Week 2: morning or afternoon. What is the role of humans in all of this? How do we impact ecosystems and how can we go about conserving them? Students will be introduced to different forest types and trees species found within the Black Rock Forest. Sketching. $225 05 Surveying Turtles: Contributing to a Long-Term Conservation Project Dr.a relationship that is called a nest web). We will set up traps around Black Rock Forest’s reservoirs. American Museum of Natural History Biology is closely tied to illustration and the ability to visually depict specimens. All participants will leave with an understanding of avian biology and knowledge of the birds of Black Rock Forest. $225 06 Visualizing Entomology: Exploring Insects through Field Collecting. and then use a taxonomic key to identify which species have been caught. Students will keep scientific field journals as they document the birds they see and hear throughout the week. Weeks 1 and 3: morning or afternoon.  Students will learn about turtle identification. as well as sculpture and landscape architecture.Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 • • class. Taxonomy. $225 Week 4: morning or afternoon. fields. and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. American Museum of Natural History For the past 15 years. learn about the importance and diversity of bird species. • Week 2: morning or afternoon. and sculptures.  Sex. Columbia University and Victoria Lichtendorf. we will create a Muir web (type in “Mannahatta Muir web” on YouTube!) of how everything we saw in Black Rock Forest is connected and will use our freshly gained knowledge to design a real scientific study where we explore the effects of two particularly important animals in forest ecosystems: deer and humans. Through explorations of Storm King’s forests. What eats what (also known as food webs)? How do squirrels build nests if they cannot make holes in trees themselves? (Answer: they use woodpecker holes . birding field guides. Graduate Student in Environmental Conservation Education.

 Both plants and animals will be studied. Half of the class will be spent outdoors. and we will take our invertebrates into the lab to learn techniques for quantifying their behavior. aquatic plants. Week 1: full day. framing. how the giant trees that live in Black Rock Forest get through freezing winters. we will examine what happens at the water’s surface by looking at how animals such as amphibians and insects above and below the surface take part in complex interactions. Graduate Student in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. and a variety of beautiful flowers to understand how specific adaptations help plants survive in a variety of ecosystems. and color methods. Graduate Student in Ecology. City University of New York Graduate Center. Week 2: morning or afternoon. and narration. Beautiful. and how forest flowers attract different pollinators. Evolutionary Biology. In the lab we will dissect cactus plants. Spiny. In this class. Science Teacher and Recent Graduate in Science Education. both on and off the water at Constitution Marsh. The class balances time in the classroom with field investigations and bench work to analyze what was found in the field. Our fieldwork will involve surveying the plants of Black Rock Forest and using our skills as botanical illustrators to create field guides of the plants we discover. Graduate Student in Biology Education. Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary Come paddle and explore the Marsh! This class will provide an introduction to field research methods in ecology of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems at Constitution Marsh. contributing to the fascinating and complex marsh ecosystem. $225 • This class is offered in collaboration with Constitution Marsh Audubon Center in nearby Garrison. Weeks 1 and 3: morning or afternoon. observing and interpreting animal behavior through the lens of evolution! We will learn forest sampling techniques and use these to discover the contents of the terrestrial parts of the marsh.Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 • textbooks. survey the diversity of the different types. art is integral to our concept of nature. We will look at how insects evolved. Teachers College Graduate School of Education. $225 07 The Amazing World of Plant Adaptations:  Investigating the Monstrous. Charles Darwin and John James Audubon are just two of the many famous naturalists and scientists who have relied on their nature journals to record their discoveries. and look at the ecological interactions amongst themselves and with other organisms. The second half of the class will be spent in the lab. Students will learn how to collect. This class will take place in field and laboratory settings. learning insect taxonomy by identifying our collections. Whether you are already a budding artist. learning about insect collecting techniques while creating field illustrations and learning the importance of good field journaling. • 08 The World of Insects: Infinite Variety on a Common Theme Dr. both out in the forest and in the laboratory. and identify (to order) specimens. We will explore traditional ink. Julian Stark. students will be introduced to the fascinating world of insects. fishes. a skill any young scientist should have. Rebecca Schultz. then using these specimens as our subjects for biological illustration. CUNY/Queensborough Community College and Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology. graphite. learn about their morphology and characteristics. Steinhardt School of Education. $225 09 Find Your Creative Nature: Become an Artist and Scientist! Marisa Miller. allowing students to build a foundation of skills and a working portfolio. We will also use our journals to make scientific observations of the forest. $450 plus $200 kayak rental • • . preserve. Beginning by looking above the water’s surface (and in the surrounding forest).  Week 3: morning or afternoon. students will learn to identify birds and bugs using field guides and biological keys. join us for sketching in nature with different media. $225 • 10 A Nautical Expedition Above and Below the Surface of Constitution Marsh Rebecca Croston.  Among many of the plant secrets we will unlock are how spiny cacti are able to survive blazing hot days and extremely cold nights. $225 Week 3: morning or afternoon. and Behavior and Caitlin Field. Columbia University The plant kingdom is filled with organisms that have evolved incredible adaptations for survival. New York. American Museum of Natural History In this class. and Carnivorous  Rebecca Stern. We will then move beneath the water’s surface (as we float in kayaks) by sampling aquatic invertebrates. and will make a small (10–20 specimens) collection to take home upon completing the class. Associate Professor of Biology. Weeks 2 and 4: morning or afternoon. New York University Nature journaling is a fun and creative way to observe and record the natural world. and plants. we will combine entomology (the study of insects) and illustration. or would like to develop these skills. Education Manager. We will even examine what happens when we manipulate their aquatic environment! In the final part of the class.

Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch. fauna and scientific method. Time will be given to medically important invertebrates such as mosquitoes. biodiversity. Chemistry Teacher The right interaction of soil. By the end of the class. we will introduce the factors in soil (for instance. including anatomy and physiology. south-facing slopes). $275 including kayak rental • 12 Mysterious Mammals: Trapping and Tracking the Creatures of the Night Stephanie Seto. Graduate Student in Environmental Conservation Education. We’ll observe the effect of these factors by identifying tree species that dominate each environment (e. The course will include multiple trips into the field where students will acquire field mammalogy skills and become acquainted with the creatures of Black Rock Forest. mastery of field survey methods for sampling birds and trees and turtles. Students will work with preserved and replica skulls and bones to learn mammalian anatomy and adaptations to specific environments. essentially a biodiversity blitz. and we will consider main habitats in the forest. and they will analyze the features of wetlands and the flora and fauna that inhabit them with a focus on adaptations. this statement seems obvious for anyone who has tried gardening. water (pH and dissolved oxygen). Week 4: morning or afternoon. spiders. In addition.g. Black Rock Forest Consortium Research Associate and Educator This course introduces students to the study of mammals. New York University Knee deep in the marsh. AMNH and Katie Pavlis.vs. The City College of New York and Andrew Peterson. phosphorus content and particle size). and planning/writing a scientific paper as a group collaboration. $450 Week 3: full day. frog calling. and Atmospheric Chemistry on Tree Growth Dr. in forests they must come from decomposition of plant matter and weathering of rocks. north. preparation of a research collection of invertebrates. from salamanders to carnivorous plants. enhanced understanding of complex ecosystems. Week 2: full day. Kayaking. $450 • • 15 Introduction to Soil Invertebrate Zoology in Black Rock Forest  Dr. and ticks and students will learn different methods of protection against bloodsucking and parasitic invertebrates. mollusks. Week 4: morning or afternoon. and reptiles in Black Rock Forest’s streams. some of the most charismatic creatures of the forest ecosystem. Associate Professor. $450 • 14 Wetland Wonders Class Danielle Bunch. Students will study major groups of invertebrates in the field and in the laboratory. Perhaps. Science Educator. students will experience wetlands as they never have before! Students will use nets and buckets to discover the invertebrates. ticks.  Students will have the opportunity to collect and bake with wild edible fruits. and getting muddy will be acceptable activities during this course! Students will leave with a new appreciation for wetland habitats and the amazing services they provide to humans and wildlife. everyone will understand the complex interaction of each of these factors. One of our favorites is the very narrow tree rings from 1981 due to the gypsy moth outbreak. for example crustaceans. and marshes and discuss habitat quality based on their findings. and documentation of collected materials. Barnard College This is a course in field ecology and survey methods. $275 including kayak rental Week 4: morning or afternoon.  Practical skills gained in this course are: familiarity with the local flora. through core sampling. In this class. sorting techniques of collected invertebrates from pitfall traps. and air (relative humidity and carbon dioxide content) that impact tree growth rates.  Field ecology students will also make and take home their own herbarium of tree leaves. $225 • 13 Biodiversity Blitz: From Blueberries to Bluebirds Dr. Week 1: full day. water. amphibians. exposure to current and important topics in ecology. We will also study collecting techniques of insects and soil invertebrates. and will gain experience in trapping and handling mammals while working with instructors on projects involving mark-recapture and tracking mammals. flies. We will hike and be in the field every day and get to submerge ourselves • . $225 • (literally) in each beautiful habitat the forest has to offer while studying all of the creatures we encounter. data collection and analysis. Students will maintain a field journal documenting the interesting creatures they meet and plants they identify. Vladimir Ovtcharenko. insects. Associate Professor of Chemistry. find the climate history for these trees. and. Water. and diets. some anomalies will be clearly seen in the tree record. Glen Kowach. Field guides and journals will be provided.Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 11 Feeding a Forest: Effects of Soil. Hostos Community College This course will be a general introduction to invertebrates inhabiting Black Rock Forest. Senior Lecturer. while nutrients in a garden can be replenished using fertilizers. The Browning School. reservoirs. and harvestmen. Steinhardt School of Education. life cycles. However. fish. and ecology. The course covers mammalian biology. and air is critical for plant growth. Week 3: morning or afternoon. A certified kayak instructor will provide a safe kayak exploration of wetlands one day of the course. behavior. habitat classification.

Waterfall. Along the way we will learn about the adaptations of organisms to live in habitats ranging from miniature alpine gardens to highly acidic bogs. one of the most undeveloped coastlines in the United States. lodging. Teachers College Graduate School of Education. Field trips will be on and off the water in a variety of habitats. a local raconteur will bring chills to the warm Gulf nights with ghost stories drawn from the island’s rich history. Credits: Cover: Children. Field activities will be included in the daily field trips to understand the ecology of the region. • Make it a camp! To stay at Black Rock Forest for a week while participating in the Summer Science Class program is an additional $450. complete with locally harvested clams. We will consider the effects of acid precipitation on the ecosystem and the loss of top-level predators (wolves and mountain lions). inclusive of food. Columbia University Derived from the popular CSI – Crime Scene Investigation television show. Daily transportation from Garrison Metro-North railroad station. And because the lighthouse and island are famously haunted. students will come out of the class with a more fluent understanding of science as a method of researching both everyday phenomena and site-specific circumstances. Students will learn the process of science through their own oyster-based research projects. Central to the island and research station is an historic 1854 lighthouse. Through this weeklong investigation. $900 inclusive This class is offered in collaboration with The Storm King School. The class will have conservation biology and climate change themes and will combine daily field trips and experiments with diverse researchers to understand the ecology of the region. Graduate Student in Environmental Conservation Education. University of Florida Seahorse Key is a small island in the Big Bend region of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Class #10: Constitution Marsh courtesy of Greg Miller. Your job is three-fold: (1) investigate the scene and see if you can find clues where these substances have come from. swimming. this interactive investigation will be focused on developing the habits of mind that (forensic) scientists use to support explanations from collected evidence. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn science while experiencing one of the oldest protected wilderness areas in the United States. Graduate Student in Science Education. Jennifer Seavey. New York University Please join us on a weeklong adventure that will take you to the High Peaks and glacial lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. and the University of Florida operates a marine research laboratory on the island. Photo by J. kayaking. Sturdy boots. The Storm King School and Danielle Bunch. (2) identify the substances to the greatest extent that they might be detrimental to the ecosystem where they were found.edu/shkml/) and is intended for students who are seriously interested in science. you will have an opportunity to hike to the highest point in New York state and to the origin of the mighty Hudson River and to paddle a canoe on lakes and streams surrounded by picturesque peaks and beautiful forests. Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. Week 4: morning or afternoon. In addition to science activities. the Sunday preceding their class for orientation and welcome activities. there will be opportunities for wildlife watching. It is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. owl-calling and more with our camp counselors. beachcombing and learning about local history. Assistant Director. ferns and lake courtesy of Tom Doyle Photography.M. a nutritious box lunch is available for an additional $10/day. and Cornwall will be provided. • August 11th through 17th. L. Thompson. This investigation is proposed to have both a laboratory and field experience based on the forensic science methodology of approaching the world and is centered on the following prompt: Green and yellow amorphous substances have been found in the forest and the park ranger is worried about the dangerous impact these substances might have on the ecosystem because she doesn’t know where the substances came from or how to effectively dispose of them. Please call 845-534-4517 to discuss these and other potential pickup sites. and we will compare the remaining old-growth forest with younger forest stands.Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 16 CSE – Crime Scene Ecosystem Phillip Boda.biology. which will provide lodging for participants. Teacher and Outdoor Educator. June 23rd through 29th. $1250 inclusive • 17 Adirondack Eco-Adventure Taras Ferencevych. A southern-style catered dinner is planned. Newburgh. a backpack and a desire to explore and experience adventure are essential items on the gear list.ufl. . This class is offered in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory (http://www. Class #3: View of sculptures by Mark di Suvero in South Fields. with emphasis on human impacts and natural resources management. From our base camp (cabin tents). Students will come out of this weeklong venture with a specific set of skills involved with scientific inquiry and scientific ways of knowing. $225 18 Conservation Biology in Florida: Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Dr. with emphasis on human impacts and natural resources management. campfire cookouts. Camp students should arrive at Black Rock Forest at 4:00 P. For day students. Steinhardt School of Education. Design: Jenkins & Page (NYC). courtesy of the Browning School. and (3) sample in and around the site where these two substances were found to determine if they have had an influence on those areas.