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Field Studies at Cumming Nature Center

From soil science to wildlife management, Field Studies will prepare students to engage thoughtfully with the natural world using scientific methods and their own curiosity to analyze and address real-world problems.

  • Ages 13-15 Years Old

  • Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:30pm

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ABOUT FIELD STUDIES

Imagine your middle schooler out at the wetland’s edge, GPS in hand, recording the location of a wildlife camera. Nearby, another student collects bottom sediment with a Ekman Sampler to take back to the nature center for analysis. Imagine your student working with other young teens to contribute to data for a citizen science project in preparation to present their findings at a village meeting. This data helps inform the village’s approach to key environmental issues such as water quality or changes caused by a warming climate.

From soil science to wildlife management, the Field Studies Program at Cumming Nature Center will prepare students to engage thoughtfully with the natural world using scientific methods and their own curiosity to analyze and address real-world problems. They will build their relationship with the natural world through curiosity-driven conversation, hands-on projects, and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive learning environment. Through the Field Studies Program, students cultivate self-reliance, confidence, and problem-solving skills.


WHAT TO EXPECT

The Field Studies Program runs from 10am-3:30pm on Wednesdays. Students should expect instructional mornings including lectures, readings, and presentations. Homework in the form of research, writing, or analysis will be assigned most weeks. Students will be outdoors in all types of environments and weather, so proper clothing and gear is of the utmost importance.


2024-25 FIELD STUDIES INFORMATION

SESSION DATES

Wednesdays | 10am-3:30pm

Fall: Wednesdays, September 11 through December 18 (except November 27) 

Spring: Wednesdays, January 15 through June 4 (except February 19, March 19, and April 16)


FEES

 Full YearFall only (14 sessions)   Spring only (18 sessions)   
1 Child $1,390$595$795
2+ Children$1,380$590$790
*Members receive a $40 discount for the full year or a $20 discount for the fall
*Families may choose monthly payments or to pay in full
*Limited scholarships are available and that application will be sent to you after registration


Register For Field Studies

Registration for Fall and Full Year opens June 1!

This link will take you to our new platform, Campsite, to create an account and register for Forest School. If you have used Campsite before for summer camps, you may use your same family portal, but you will need to create different profiles for your children to register for Forest School. Please call us at (585)374-6160 if you have any questions or concerns.

Please read the parent handbook before registering your child: DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK.

2024-25 INFORMATION

schedule

WEDNESDAYS | 10am-3:30pm
September 11 through June 4

Fees

1 child | $1390
2+ children | $1380 per child

*Members receive a $40 discount for the full year or a $20 discount for the fall

register

Registration for Fall and Full Year 2024 opens June 1!


Forest School Fees

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