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Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy

Students at Drexel's Environmental Leadership Academy

Drexel's week-long Environmental Science Leadership Academy 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, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh, and Pine Barren ecology; botany; and paleontology.

The "tour guides" on this adventure will be all-star Drexel professors from the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science 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.

Student holding a puffer fish at Drexel's Environmental Leadership Academy

Topics You May Explore

  • Marsh and Aquatic Ecology
  • Botany
  • Geology
  • Ornithology
  • Fish Identifications and Natural History
  • Ecology of Local Insects
  • Temperate Forest and Pine Barren Ecology
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Coastal Processes

2018 Dates & Locations:

  • July 8 – 14, 2018: Barnegat Bay Field Station, Ocean Township, NJ
  • July 22 - 28, 2018: Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station, Lake Ariel, PA

Eligibility & Deadlines:

Open to rising high school juniors and seniors (students who will be juniors or seniors in September of the coming year). Qualified students will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning in early May until all spaces are filled. The Application deadline for DESLA 2018 is April 30, 2018.

2018 Tuition

  • Barnegat Bay: $1850
  • Lacawac Sanctuary: $1750

This is a residential program. Students live in dorms at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey or at Lacawac Sanctuary. Two or three, same-sex students per dorm room. Tuition covers housing, meals and activities. Students who complete DESLA and enroll at Drexel receive a $2000 renewable scholarship.