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Summer Programs for High School Students

Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences currently offers three environmental science summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors through the Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA).

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy

Desla 2015 Students in their waders

Drexel's weeklong Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental/geoscience field experience. Students have the choice of habitat-hopping from seaside to maritime forest all along the New Jersey coastline; exploring the hardwood forests and pristine Lake Lacawac in the Poconos; or traveling out west to examine a variety of prehistoric geologic formations in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Each student will gain hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh, and Pine Barren ecology; botany and lake ecology; and geology 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 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.

Learn more about Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)