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.
Discover your path
Learn about the variety of careers that intersect with environmentalism including climate science, marine biology, policymaking, and engineering.
Green build project
Use LEED guidelines to evaluate the sustainable construction of local buildings and use what you've learned to design your own.
Use the forest as your outdoor laboratory and develop a conservation effort focused on protecting the local flora and fauna.
Collect water and soil samples, test acidity, composition, pH, and turbidity levels, and learn how to interpret the results.
Dates & Locations
Note: Space is limited. Please login to the online application to see up-to-date session availability.
- June 24 - July 2
- July 6 - July 14
- July 17 - July 25
The NSLC is not sponsored by Yale University.
While at the NSLC you will analyze samples of local soil and water in the laboratory, design and implement a conservation project, 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.
Examples of past guest speakers include:
Ms. Lisa Jackson
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Mrs. Susan Quincy
Environmental Education Specialist
Mr. James Sniffen
Program Officer, UN Environment Program
Mrs. Nicole Berube
Executive Director, CitySeed, Inc.
Dr. Mark Bradford
Associate Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem, Yale
Mr. Peter Yost
Vice President, BuildingGreen, Inc.
These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Environmental Science field.
Trips may include:
Yale-Myers Forest | Marine Biological Lab | Woods Hole Oceanographic Lab | NOAA Science Aquarium | Wooster Square Farmers Market
At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. 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
- Intrapersonal Communication
College Credit Option
American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.
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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.
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