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UMFK to offer a unique opportunity for high school students to experience a college course this summer

May 14, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is offering an exciting opportunity for high school students this summer. Upperclassmen and recent graduates can spend two weeks on the UMFK campus and in the Maine woods, canoeing, exploring and learning about ecology and environmental issues.

"The North Maine Woods Experience" course combines time spent on campus, utilizing library, classroom and laboratory resources with lots of field work, including eight days at the University's Elmer H. Violette Wilderness Camp and on the Allagash River. The course runs from June 19 to July 2.

The cost of $515 includes all food, housing, transportation during the course and most camping equipment. Students will stay in a residence hall while on campus. Extracurricular activities will include stargazing, hiking, swimming and canoeing. College credit is optional for an additional fee.

Kim Borges-Therien, assistant professor of environmental studies, Dave Hobbins, professor of forestry and environmental studies, Steve Hansen, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, and Bruno Hicks, assistant professor of education and chair of the education division will be the primary instructors of this unique and interesting course.

"We're really excited about this opportunity to interact with local students. Anyone interested in biology, environmental issues, wildlife or the outdoors will find this a great experience and good preparation for future college or careers," said Borges-Therien.

Students will study forest ecology, wildlife biology, and river ecology. The class is limited to 10 students, allowing a lot of interaction among students and professors. It is also a great opportunity to experience college.

To register call Don Eno in UMFK's academic outreach office at 834-7835.