Adirondack Field Trip
Smithtown AP Environmental Science
March 7- 9, 2008
We are pleased to offer our AP Environmental Science students the opportunity to participate in a 3
day field trip to the Adirondacks. This Smithtown School District Board of Education approved trip is
being offered as an optional activity to enhance the curriculum of the AP Environmental Science
course. Our students will have the unique opportunity to carry out research on mammal populations in
the heart of the Adirondack Preserve at the Huntington Forest in Newcomb, New York. Activities
will include indoor studies and outdoor field work conducted while snowshoeing. The Adirondack
Ecological Center field station is maintained and administered by SUNY College of Environmental
Science and Forestry where professors and graduate students actively conduct research. It is about a 7
hour drive from Smithtown. You can find out more about the Adirondack Ecological Center at their
40 student participants (20 East and 20 West).
4 chaperones (2 Teachers and 2 Smithtown School District Staff).
Friday, March 7 – Sunday March 9, 2008
Depart from both High Schools Friday morning (between 8 – 9), return Sunday late afternoon.
Educators from the Adirondack Ecological Center will be providing instruction for our
Facilities include cabins with bunk beds, a separate bath house with showers and a modern
Participants will be expected to bring warm clothes, boots, and a sleeping bag or linens and
blankets for the bunk bed.
Cost of the trip (assuming a full bus) is $181.00. This includes lodging, food (Friday dinner
to Sunday breakfast), instruction prior to the trip (distance learning presented by Paul Hai
from the Adirondack Ecological Center) and at the Center, and the use of snowshoes. This
amount reflects the direct costs as calculated at $161.00 plus $20.00 for incidental expenses.
Students will be responsible for their lunches on Friday and Sunday.
This experience of a lifetime: priceless!
The costs were calculated assuming a full bus load, which is why there are a limited number of spaces.
We are offering the 40 spaces (20 per school) on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting
students on a waiting list, if necessary. Please be assured that we will make every effort to include all
students who are interested in the trip. If the numbers go way over our expected participation level,
we will do our best to adjust.
Checks should be made out to: Smithtown Central School District. We will start to collect checks on
Wednesday, December 5, 2007. All checks must be in by Friday, December 14, 2007. In order to
maintain the price of the trip at its current level, there will be no refunds for students who change their
mind unless there is a replacement for that spot on the waiting list.
More detailed information about the trip including specific itinerary will be sent home to the
participants. If you would like to speak with one of us about the trip, please email us at:
Elizabeth Platt (APES – West): firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Gessler (APES – East): email@example.com
In your email, please give us your name, number and best time to call you and we will get back to you
as soon as possible.
Thank you for this opportunity to enrich the live of your sons and daughters!
Elizabeth Platt Steve Gessler