S.T.E.M. Programs

Environmental Science & Sustainability

Tackle environmental challenges and create a sustainable future at the NSLC on Environmental Science & Sustainability.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
With the major challenges facing the environment, our future will be defined by how leaders respond. At the NSLC on Environmental Science & Sustainability, you will take an active role in creating a sustainable future. With the guidance of some of the nation’s top research scientists and policy advocates, you and your peers will delve into today’s most pressing environmental issues and explore the variety of careers that intersect with our natural resources.

Program Highlights

Conservation Project
Spend time in a neighboring forest and use it as your outdoor laboratory as you design and implement a conservation project focused on local flora and fauna with an emphasis on natural resource management.

Laboratory Analysis
Working with marine biologists and ecologists, bring samples of local soils and water to the lab and experiment to determine basic compisiotn, acidity, pH, pollution levels, and nutrient content.

Green Building
Use LEED guidelines, the nationally recognized standards for sustainable construction, as you work with your peers to evaluate local buildings and design a sustainable building project of your own.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

While at the NSLC you will analyze samples of local soil and water in the laboratory, design and implement a conservation project, and explore native land and marine life. Additionally, you will investigate the impact of human consumption on the planet through an introduction to climatology, and explore the relationship between urban planning and the environment.

Environmental Science forest

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school environmental science and sustainability program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the community.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Ms. Lisa Jackson
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Mrs. Susan Quincy
Environmental Education Specialist

Mr. James Sniffen
Program Officer, UN Environment Program

Mrs. Nicole Berube
Executive Director, CitySeed, Inc.

Dr. Mark Bradford
Associate Professor of Terrestrial Ecosystem, Yale

Mr. Peter Yost
Vice President, BuildingGreen, Inc.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Environmental Science field.
Trips may include:

Yale University

  • Yale-Myers Forest
  • Wooster Square Farmers Market
  • Marine Biological Lab
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Lab
  • NOAA Science Aquarium
  • Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Environmental Science program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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