With the major challenges facing the environment, our future will be defined by how leaders respond. At the NSLC on Environmental Science & Sustainability, you will take an active role in creating a sustainable future. With the guidance of some of the nation’s top research scientists and policy advocates, you and your peers will delve into today’s most pressing environmental issues and explore the variety of careers that intersect with our natural resources.
Spend time in a neighboring forest and use it as your outdoor laboratory as you design and implement a conservation project focused on local flora and fauna with an emphasis on natural resource management.
Working with marine biologists and ecologists, bring samples of local soils and water to the lab and experiment to determine basic compisiotn, acidity, pH, pollution levels, and nutrient content.
Use LEED guidelines, the nationally recognized standards for sustainable construction, as you work with your peers to evaluate local buildings and design a sustainable building project of your own.
Perform environmental analyses in a research laboratory
While at the NSLC you will analyze samples of local soil and water in the laboratory, design and implement a conservation project in a neighboring forest, and explore native land and marine life. Additionally, you will investigate the impact of human consumption on the planet through an introduction to climatology, and explore the relationship between urban planning and the environment.
Exclusive Guest Speakers
While at the NSLC’s summer high school environmental science and sustainability program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the community. Past speakers include:
Ms. Lisa Jackson
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Mrs. Susan Quincy
Environmental Education Specialist, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Mr. James Sniffen
Program Officer, UN Environment Program
Mrs. Nicole Berube
Executive Director, CitySeed, Inc.
Dr. Mark Bradford
Associate Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Mr. Peter Yost
Vice President, BuildingGreen, Inc.
Dr. Frank Convery
Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
Design and implement your own conservation project
These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Environmental Science field:
- Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
- Yale Myers Forest
- Trout Unlimited
- Times Square
- Rockefeller Center
- UW Student Farm
- Pack Forest, Mt. Rainier Institute
- Conservation Project
- Pike Place Market
- Space Needle
At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Environmental Science program include:
- Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
- Conflict Resolution
- Public Speaking and Communication
- Intrapersonal Communication
Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.
We offer a comprehensive scholarship program to assist qualified students with the cost of NSLC tuition, based on financial need, academic merit and extracurriculars.
Fundraising is a great way to raise funds to contribute toward your NSLC program tuition while also forging relationships with leaders in your community.