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High School Program: Environmental Science

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

The Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy for High School Juniors and Seniors (DESLA)

Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA) is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts hands-on field experience in environmental science and geoscience. Rising high school juniors and seniors can choose from three weeklong environmental science programs: habitat-hopping from seaside to maritime forest all along the Barnegat Bay coastline in New Jersey; exploring the hardwood forests around pristine Lake Lacawac in the Poconos; or traveling out west for the geoscience program in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Your "tour guides" on these DESLA 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.

Summer Programs for Rising Juniors and Seniors

These summer programs allow students to get hands-on experience across a range of research areas: beach, marsh, and Pine Barren ecology; botany and lake ecology; and geology and paleontology.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 bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields.