BEYOND UVM: Summer Program in the Catskills – Eco Practicum

Eco Practicum is a summer program for college students & recent graduates. Part think-tank, part action-workshop, participants live on an environmental education facility in the heart of the Catskills and get the opportunity to farm, learn from peers, and meet with the foremost experts in the field.

Participants can apply for 1 up to all 4 of the Eco Practicum units, which are:
  • Growing Enough Food: The Role of Organic, Local Produce in the Global Food System (May 26-June 2)
  • Pets, Pests, Livestock: The Value, Role & Treatment of Animals (June 2-9)
  • Digging and Drilling: Using Fossil Fuels & the Hope/Hype of Renewable Energy (June 9-16)
  • This Land is Your Land: Natural Resource Management in an Age of (Over)Consumption (June 16-23)
Participants meet with representatives from over 30 organizations, including the NRDC, Greenmarket, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and National Park Service.  Participants will live at Camp Shomira, an educational campus located in the heart of the Catskills.  The facility has an on-site well, working farm, and derives 98% of its electricity from solar power.  Each day you’ll work on the farm learning new techniques, practicing small-scale animal husbandry, taking field trips to meet experts, and playing an active role in shaping the summer community.  It’s fun and it’s necessary, now more than ever.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the deadline to apply is April 1. For more info & to apply online, visit
Eugenia Manwelyan
Program Director
Eco Practicum
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