6 Pre-College Agriculture & Sustainability Programs for Summer 2017

    Posted by summercollegeumass on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

    In 2017

    Founded in 1870, the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst is one of the oldest and most prestigious agricultural programs in North America. Today, almost 150 years later, Stockbridge is also a leader in sustainability, forming part of UMass's new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) in partnership with the Departments of Geosciences and Environmental Conservation.

    UMass Summer Programs has partnered with faculty from across SES to offer a range of pre-college agricultural programs perfect for the future farmers, business owners and scientists of America (and the world!). Each program offers a blend of lectures and hands-on learning, both outdoors at the UMass Hadley farm and the surrounding Pioneer Valley, and in UMass's state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

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    Pre-Veterinary Medicine (June 25 - July 1)
    The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is an immersion experience for high school students seeking to learn about (1) the field of veterinary medicine, (2) the steps involved in successfully completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for applying to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path. Learn more

    Sustainable Tree Care (July 9 - 15)
    Through the study of trees and the impact of their health on urban communities, students in the Sustainable Tree Care program will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Trees provide many benefits in cities and towns like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. To maximize these benefits, we have to plant the right tree for a site and properly care for it. Learn more

    Sustainable Farming & Food Systems (July 9 - 15)
    Are you interested in learning more about where your food comes from? Or how does your food get to your plate? And where does the waste go afterwards? Join one of the leading university Sustainable Food and Farming programs in the nation for an immersion in sustainability and food systems. Learn more

    Hydrology & Climate Change (July 9 - 22)
    Where does water go when it rains? Where does your drinking water come from? Where does it go after you wash the dishes or take a shower? This 2-week course explores these questions and much more as we learn about the hydrologic cycle and how our area’s geology gives us the water that we depend on. Learn more

    Equine Management (July 9 - 22)
    Equine Management Program is a two-week intensive program for motivated young adults seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession. Learn more

    Sustainable Living Immersion (July 23 - August 5)
    In this 2-week intensive, students will build skills for cultivating community and living in a sustainable and regenerative way. You'll study four aspects of sustainability -- worldview, social, economic and ecological -- and take home new tools and knowledge to contribute to the kind of world you want to live in. Learn more

    Admissions are rolling now through June.

    Program fees include accommodations in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community and meals in the #1-ranked college dining commons in the U.S., as well as fun evening co-curriculars. Spaces are limited - start your application today!

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    For questions about pre-college programs at UMass Amherst, please email summercollege@provost.umass.edu.