Summer Programs like Nature Study (K-5), the Natural History Day Program (6-8), and Wildlife Ecology Research Day Program (9-12) provide unique field-based learning experiences by giving students the opportunity to explore nature, ask, questions, and carry out research projects while learning about the various facets of field biology. In the process, students enhance their skills in observation, critical thinking, and collaboration. We at the Huyck Preserve believe that such an approach provides not only an in-depth perspective of how science is done, but builds students' understanding of the environment that surrounds them.
The Huyck Preserve is an excellent place for field-based research learning experiences because of our 80-year history as a research institution. Since 1931 the Preserve has supported research in fields such as behavioral, forest, aquatic, and evolutionary ecology, bringing in researchers from all over the world. In 1938, an official biological research station was started at the Preserve. Visiting researchers continue to help shape our summer programming by giving students the chance to interact with scientists from around the globe and gain authentic hands-on experiences in field research. To learn more about our summer education programs and to get application forms, follow the links below.