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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Natural History in the Field

Week 1: July 8-14, 2012

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The area around Cayuga Lake is home to more than 2,500 species of plants, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, many of which can be found throughout the eastern United States. Charlie Smith and Jeff Keller, who between them boast nearly one hundred years of nature study, will bring to life for us the habits and habitats of the plants and animals who contribute to the extraordinary biodiversity of the Cornell campus and beyond. They will introduce our group to Carolus Linnaeus, the father of natural history studies, and help us choose field guides to enrich our understanding of plants and animals here and at home. Finally, Charlie and Jeff will demonstrate ways to use native plants in landscaping to attract butterflies and other wildlife. Come prepared to steep yourself in the rich tapestry of life just outside our doors.


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy $1,805, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy $1,867, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,085 (includes CAU evening events and the banquet but no other meals)

*If you stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, you will pay the hotel directly for your accommodations. Please call them at 607.266.0000 and request the CAU block.

NOTE: The Hilton is full for Week 4. Please see the Housing page for details about reserving a room at the Courtyard Marriott.

Commuter meal plan option: $350. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week.