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Summer Institutes

Teacher training on Cary's 2,000 acre campus and nearby field sites.

August 5-9, 2019, 9am-4:30pm
FEE: $200 ($175 Early-bird)

Exploring Climate Change in Hudson Valley Ecosystems

In addition to exposure to the Cary Institute's scientific staff, participants are given the opportunity to strengthen their analytical skills and learn methods of integrating ecosystem concepts into their lesson plans.

Educators enrolled in this summer institute will improve their understanding of local climate change and human-accelerated change in the terrestrial ecosystems of the Hudson Valley.

We will study local climate data collected from decades of atmospheric monitoring, and explore how climate change is affecting phenology, disease ecology, and invasive species. Educators will engage with Cary Institute scientists and will discover how their research programs are studying climate and human-accelerated ecosystem change in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Educators will design investigations, collect and work with field data, and develop plans for incorporating climate change into their own classroom practice.

Registration: Early bird registration is due by 5/15, and regular registration is due by 6/15. 

Cost:  There is a fee of $200 ($175 for early birds), which includes tuition, coffee, snacks, materials, and activities.

Location:  The program will take place at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies at 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY.  Housing is NOT available on site; participants will need to find their own housing in Millbrook or Poughkeepsie, NY. 

For more information:  Contact Shelly Forster (

Previous participants in our summer programs have said...

This was a workshop that will cause changes to take place in my classroom! Thank you!


MS science teacher

It was great to be involved with the scientists here and to work with the other teachers, sharing our collective wisdom.


High school LE teacher

Great workshop. I do a lot of workshops and institutes and this was one of the best for me!


High school earth science teacher

I learned more in one week than in an entire semester. Thank you!


Middle school teacher

Thanks so much, it was great! We received so much information and examples of activities. I enjoyed learning how to integrate data collection into my classroom.


Elementary teacher