Environmental Studies

Biosphere Foundation (BF) invites high school students aged 15-18 to join their Balinese counterparts for an environmental stewardship program set in beautiful Bali Barat National Park (BBNP), located on the northwest coast of the island. The park is a treasure with an abundance of wildlife and contains a rare combination of earth’s ecosystems: a coral reef, rainforest, monsoon forest, mangrove forest and savannah. During this nine-day program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique approach to learning about our biosphere and how to care for it.

Calling all adventurous and curious students who are passionate about science and nature. Put on your climbing harness and climb with us into the cloud canopy ecosystem 60 feet from the ground. How’s that for a classroom? Students travel to the Monteverde Zone, a tropical montane cloud forest almost continually shrouded in mist. The region's striking contrast of wet and dry ecosystems make this area an extraordinary place to study plant-animal interactions, ecology, and natural history.

Students explore the concept of environmental leadership through their own skills and interests. They learn from experienced professionals from Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Working Group, Yellowstone Forever and our own Catawba professors about areas that are critical to their effectiveness as a leader.

Explore various sustainability careers during an unforgettable week-long experiential retreat at Eden Hall Campus–the world's first academic community built to be sustainable from below the ground up.

Connect with nature and support science around the world through our adult or teen programs.

The Hotchkiss Summer Environmental Science program is a cumulative, field-based, two-tier program that introduces key concepts in environmental science and encourages students to become stewards of natural resources on a local, national, and global level. Hotchkiss’s 800-plus acres of woods, pastures, streams, and lakes offer incredible opportunities for hands-on research.

In this two-week interdisciplinary program, we will approach the issues of energy production, ecological design and sustainable food from multiple—and sometimes conflicting—points of view to expose and understand the complexities and potential impacts of tackling (or ignoring) the issues. Our exploration of these issues will be informed and guided by important work in the natural sciences and the humanities. The program spans two weeks of investigation. Rather than offering distinct classes in a traditional classroom setting, we will head outside as a group, collaborating with and challenging one another as our understanding of sustainable practices grows.

How do we preserve the world for future generations? What can we do as individuals and as a society to minimize harmful effects on the environment? Students answer these questions and more as they examine the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment and discover the ecological principles that are the basis of environmental science and sustainability. Students explore how environmental studies incorporate concepts from politics, social sciences, economics, ethics, and philosophy. This institute combines traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. The institute is divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project.