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65 Reservoir Road Cornwall, NY 12518

Registration begins March 8th!

SUMMER SCIENCE CLASSES 2013

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

we will learn all about forest ecology and how everything is connected. Students will leave the class having created their own experimental field journal. Storm King’s 500-acre landscape of 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. and other information will be recorded at the time of capture. Director of Education and Public Programs. Research Associate. $225 Week 2: morning or afternoon. birding field guides. American Museum of Natural History Biology is closely tied to illustration and the ability to visually depict specimens. and writing are among a variety of observational and recording methods with which students will engage. • Week 2: morning or afternoon. shell measurements. 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. learn about the importance and diversity of bird species. Eventually. and a nighttime prOWLing adventure! Binoculars.  Students will learn about turtle identification. Graduate Student in Comparative Biology. watch a live bird program. both scientists and artists have used field journals to note their observations of the natural world and develop their ideas. and journals will be provided. Week 1: morning or afternoon. 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. We will set up traps around Black Rock Forest’s reservoirs. $225 06 Visualizing Entomology: Exploring Insects through Field Collecting. Artist. Storm King Art Center Throughout history. $225 Week 4: morning or afternoon. New York University The sights and sounds of songbirds provide an excellent introduction into the world of ornithology. and Biological Illustration Carly Tribull. and behavior. intricate murals in natural history museums to exactingly drawn anatomical figures in biological • • . Students will experience birding in a variety of habitats. $225 Week 2: morning or afternoon. Antonia Florio. ecological habitats. hills. fields. and then use a taxonomic key to identify which species have been caught. Through explorations of Storm King’s forests. Taxonomy. and learn the techniques of mist netting and data collection. the effects of animals and other disturbances (hurricanes) on the forest.  Sex. collaging. the class introduces students to observational and notational methods through creative journal making.a relationship that is called a nest web). and collecting procedures. Weaving together science and art. scientists at the American Museum of Natural History have tracked and recorded demographic data for the turtles in the Black Rock Forest. location. All participants will leave with an understanding of avian biology and knowledge of the birds of Black Rock Forest. $225 05 Surveying Turtles: Contributing to a Long-Term Conservation Project Dr. as well as sculpture and landscape architecture. Daily investigations will include field analysis of plant and animal life. and Graduate Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 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 . $225 • • 03 The Art of Scientific Observation . There will also be a human bird-calling contest. participate in interactive conservation activities. the Storm King Art Center is widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. and sculptures. Sketching. Nature Journaling. and will learn how an understanding of all these topics can be used in forest management and conservation. Weeks 1 and 3: morning or afternoon. Architect. This class will allow students to contribute to this dataset through a capture-mark-recapture process. Steinhardt School of Education. $225 04 Flying High Ornithology Class Danielle Bunch. We will also spend some time learning field techniques useful for finding other herps (such as salamanders) surrounding the ponds. From sweeping. Graduate Student in Environmental Conservation Education. and the practice of recording in journals engages and develops lateral thinking capabilities. American Museum of Natural History For the past 15 years. ecology. ponds. this class offers students a unique opportunity to combine field ecology and artistic practice at the Storm King Art Center. Columbia University and Victoria Lichtendorf. age. Students will keep scientific field journals as they document the birds they see and hear throughout the week. A neighbor to Black Rock Forest. Week 3: morning or afternoon. as well as the importance of collecting data for scientific research. Richard Gilder Graduate School.From Microecology to Monumental Sculpture Hara Woltz.Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 • • class. Such visual and written notation requires keen observational skills.

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

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

The Storm King School and Danielle Bunch. Assistant Director. Along the way we will learn about the adaptations of organisms to live in habitats ranging from miniature alpine gardens to highly acidic bogs. owl-calling and more with our camp counselors. Students will come out of this weeklong venture with a specific set of skills involved with scientific inquiry and scientific ways of knowing. Through this weeklong investigation. there will be opportunities for wildlife watching.edu/shkml/) and is intended for students who are seriously interested in science. Field trips will be on and off the water in a variety of habitats. June 23rd through 29th. Photo by J. Design: Jenkins & Page (NYC). and we will compare the remaining old-growth forest with younger forest stands. Thompson. Camp students should arrive at Black Rock Forest at 4:00 P. L. (2) identify the substances to the greatest extent that they might be detrimental to the ecosystem where they were found. Class #3: View of sculptures by Mark di Suvero in South Fields. University of Florida Seahorse Key is a small island in the Big Bend region of Florida’s Gulf Coast.M. ferns and lake courtesy of Tom Doyle Photography. For day students. a local raconteur will bring chills to the warm Gulf nights with ghost stories drawn from the island’s rich history. the Sunday preceding their class for orientation and welcome activities. a nutritious box lunch is available for an additional $10/day. A southern-style catered dinner is planned. courtesy of the Browning School. complete with locally harvested clams. $225 18 Conservation Biology in Florida: Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Dr. This class is offered in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory (http://www. It is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Teacher and Outdoor Educator. Week 4: morning or afternoon. Columbia University Derived from the popular CSI – Crime Scene Investigation television show.biology. 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. and Cornwall will be provided. • 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. Graduate Student in Environmental Conservation Education. Please call 845-534-4517 to discuss these and other potential pickup sites. lodging. .Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes 2013 16 CSE – Crime Scene Ecosystem Phillip Boda. and the University of Florida operates a marine research laboratory on the island. We will consider the effects of acid precipitation on the ecosystem and the loss of top-level predators (wolves and mountain lions). 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. Daily transportation from Garrison Metro-North railroad station. Credits: Cover: Children. Students will learn the process of science through their own oyster-based research projects. one of the most undeveloped coastlines in the United States. $900 inclusive This class is offered in collaboration with The Storm King School. In addition to science activities. From our base camp (cabin tents). a backpack and a desire to explore and experience adventure are essential items on the gear list. Field activities will be included in the daily field trips to understand the ecology of the region. campfire cookouts. with emphasis on human impacts and natural resources management. Central to the island and research station is an historic 1854 lighthouse. • August 11th through 17th. which will provide lodging for participants. 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 because the lighthouse and island are famously haunted. Newburgh. Teachers College Graduate School of Education. 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. beachcombing and learning about local history. Waterfall. Sturdy boots. swimming.ufl. Jennifer Seavey. Steinhardt School of Education. this interactive investigation will be focused on developing the habits of mind that (forensic) scientists use to support explanations from collected evidence. 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. $1250 inclusive • 17 Adirondack Eco-Adventure Taras Ferencevych. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn science while experiencing one of the oldest protected wilderness areas in the United States. inclusive of food. Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. with emphasis on human impacts and natural resources management. 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. Graduate Student in Science Education. kayaking. 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.