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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Life on a Silken Thread

Week 3:

This program is no longer available.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Spiders get remarkably bad press—yet they are highly beneficial members of every terrestrial ecosystem. The dominant terrestrial predators on Earth, spiders are nature's primary insect exterminators, helping to control many destructive and sometimes disease-bearing species in our houses and gardens. Linda Rayor, lecturer and senior research associate in the Department of Entomology, is the curator of one of the largest, most diverse spider collections in the country and the star of Science Channel's Monster Bug Wars. She will lead our exploration of many threads of spider biology and behavior. In lecture, in the field (including one nocturnal foray), and in the lab, we'll observe live spiders, scorpions, vinegaroons, and their cousins. We will discuss spider biology, predatory behavior, mate selection and courtship, poisonous spiders, social spiders, and spiders as agents of biological control. Be prepared to admire, and even grow fond of, these remarkable creatures!

Linda Rayor

Linda Rayor, Department of Entomology at Cornell University, specializes in spider behavior and science outreach. Linda has won numerous teaching awards for her courses on Spider Biology, Insect Behavior, and a course on how to do effective scientific outreach.... > more


Registration is closed for this class. Please contact CAU if you have questions.

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.