Introduction to Field Biology
This course is for High School students and recent High School graduates. This course is offered as a partnership between the Gunnison School District and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.
Instructor: Ann Colbert, in collaboration with Dr. Jill Anderson and other RMBL scientists.
Dates: July 29 – August 9, 2019
Length of time: 2 weeks, Mon-Fri at least 9-5:00 with 2-3 evening sessions. One optional weekend day. On-site housing is not available. Students must make their own arrangements to live off-site.
High School Credit: We expect that students will be able to earn 1/2 year (one semester) science credit in the Gunnison Watershed School District. For credit to be earned, participant must attend all class times.
College Credit: Students can register for up to two credits of college biology through Western State Colorado University. There is a small additional fee in order to receive college credit. Students must fill out paperwork BEFORE the start of the class, in order to receive college credit. Contact the Science Director email@example.com for details.
Cost: $1,500 for students outside of the Gunnison District. Local Crested Butte, Gunnison, and Lake City students pay $1,340, if they register by March 15. Scholarships are available for Gunnison district students – see below. After March 15, Crested Butte or Gunnison students can register for $1,500. For all students, a $500 Deposit is required to hold a spot. The balance of the fee is due by June 1. The class typically fills by May.
Scholarships: Students from the Gunnison District may apply for a scholarship. Scholarships will pay part or all of the $1340 fee. To apply for a scholarship, please send the following application materials to the Science Director by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 1 page essay describing why you wish to take a summer field biology course,
- a confidential financial aid form,
- 2 letters of recommendation, which should be sent by recommenders directly to the Science Director, email@example.com
The deadline for applying for a scholarship is March 1, 2019.
Students receiving a scholarship must still submit a deposit, which will be returned when the class is completed and expectations are met. Students who do not satisfactorily complete the course forfeit the deposit.
Class size: 13 students, including approximately 6-7 students from the Crested Butte or Gunnison Schools. Students may register below on a first come, first served basis.
Register HERE for the 2019 High School Course.
There is no registration fee.
Acceptance: Once you have been accepted into the class, please submit the following three forms to the Science Director by June 1, along with the balance of the course fee.
Contact: Please direct questions regarding the high school course to Dr. Jennie Reithel, RMBL Science Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
RMBL is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under permit from
the USDA Forest Service, Gunnison National Forest.