Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy:
Summer Programs for High School Students

This year, we are pleased to offer two environmental science summer camps for high school students!

July 12-18, 2015: Barnegat Bay Field Station, Ocean Township, NJ

August 2-6, 2015: Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station, Lake Ariel, PA

Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA) is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside, to salt marsh, to maritime forest, all along the New Jersey coastline, or in the lush forests and lake ecosystems of the Poconos. Both groups will gain hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology, botany and paleontology.

The "tour guides" on these adventures are all-star Drexel professors and expert scientists from the nation’s oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of hands-on experience—the heart of a Drexel education—students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields.

Students and Professors at Barnegat Bay

Dates & Locations

July 12-18, 2015:
Barnegat Bay Field Station
Ocean Township, NJ

August 2-6, 2015:
Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station
Lake Ariel, PA

Eligibility & Deadlines

Open to rising high school juniors and seniors (will be junior or senior in September 2016). Application deadline is April 20, 2015. Qualified students will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.


Barnegat Bay: $1750
Lacawac Sanctuary: $1500

This is a residential program. Students will live in dorms at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey or Lacawac Sanctuary. Two, same-sex students per dorm room. Tuition covers housing, meals and activities.

Students who complete DESLA and enroll at Drexel will receive a $2000 renewable scholarship.


Application Requirements: Applicants will be asked to submit a 250-500 word essay that addresses the following topic: "Why are you interested in Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy and what do you hope to learn/gain by attending the program?" Essay will be required before submitting application. Applicants will also be asked to self-report their PSAT and SAT scores (if applicable), as well as your GPA and Class Rank (if known).



For more information, contact the department at 215.571.4639 or