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UMFK reaches out to high school students with a unique summer course experience

May 21, 2004

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There are still openings for the University's high school "North Maine Woods Experience" course, which takes place from June 19 to July 2. Combining time spent on campus with lots of field work, including eight days at the University's Wilderness Camp and on the Allagash River, the program is sure to be exciting.

Recently faculty and staff from the University's environmental studies program visited local high schools to give students and teachers a better idea of what the course will offer.

"We showed the students slides and some of the field equipment they will be using during their participation in the class," said Don Eno, academic outreach coordinator.

One of the pieces of equipment includes a radio collar used in tracking large land animals such as bear.

"The students will get a sense of what it's like to work in the bush, studying wildlife and their habitat," said Dr. Stephen Hansen, assistant professor of biology & environmental studies, who specializes in wildlife biology.

Bruno Hicks, assistant professor of education and chair of the education division, and Kim Borges-Therien, assistant professor of environmental studies, were also part of the faculty that visited the students.

The program is intended for high school upperclassmen and recent graduates who have an interest in ecology, environmental issues and the outdoors.

The fee for the course is $515, which includes all food, housing, transportation during the course and most camping equipment. Payment plans can be worked out through the UMFK business office.

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.

The class is limited to 10 students, allowing a lot of interaction among students and professors. It is also a great opportunity to have a college experience.

To register call Don Eno at 834-7835.