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Pre-College Programs 2022

Summer adventures for high school students

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

High school students get hands-on experience in salt marsh ecology at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, in 2018.

Drexel’s Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

These environmental summer camps offer rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students hands-on field research across a range of topic areas: local community habitats and environments; 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 this growing field. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of immersive experiences —the heart of a Drexel education— students bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that opens the door to a future career in environmental science and related fields.


Drexel Summer Camp: Virtual

DESLA@Home — June 20-24

DESLA@Home is a fully virtual experience where students become community scientists as they explore their local environment — topics include geology, watershed mapping, climate change and everything environmental in between. This at-home camp include a mailed supplies package and expert online instruction. Students gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental or geo-scientist, and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Drexel Summer Camp: Barnegat Bay Field Station

Barnegat Bay Field Station — July 10-16

Owned by the NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and managed by the non-profit, Natural Resource Education Foundation of NJ, the Barnegat Bay Field Station is situated on 194 acres that encompass a range of habitats, including a maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal streams and a freshwater pond in Waretown, New Jersey.

Drexel Summer Camp: Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station

Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station — July 24-30

The Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station is a summer adventure and learning experience for high school students. This Poconos summer camp takes place in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Students will get hands-on experience working in the lush forest and lake ecosystems of the Pocono Mountains.

Drexel Summer Camp: Big Horn Basin Paleontological Institute

Bighorn Basin and Yellowstone — August 7-14

The Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute and Yellowstone National Park summer camp –in Bighorn Basin, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming– offers high school students hands-on field experience in geoscience while they learn about the history of the planet and discover the processes that shape the landscapes around us today.


Have you ever wondered why music sounds the way it does? Why are some combinations of notes pleasant while others are unpleasant? Or why do some sounds make us feel joyful and others melancholy? Students in Drexel’s Math, Music and Coding Camp will investigate these harmonic questions through the lens of mathematics.

Drexel University's Math, Music and Coding summer camp will explore the use of the Sonic-pi coding platform.

Math, Music and Coding — July 18-22

Drexel's Math, Music and Coding Camp is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who are thinking about pursuing a degree in Mathematics — regardless of their musical background! When it comes to your mathematical background, students will be expected to use algebra and trigonometry, but calculus is not a prerequisite.