Dig into Central New York's amazing natural history

In this course, we'll don our walking shoes and head outdoors where 400 million-year-old sea salt beds lie beneath our feet. We'll be surrounded by spectacular landscapes formed by glaciers that receded 15,000 years ago, leaving fossils of organisms that once lived there.

Led by Cole Gilbert, director of undergraduate biology, we'll learn about the fascinating plants, animals, and landscapes of this gorgeous region. We'll closely examine numerous species on field trips and nature walks and collect specimens for our lab activities.

We'll also visit world-class research museums on or around campus that house comprehensive collections of specimens—one with a giant collection of spiders!