Science, Ecology & Wildlife

Wildlife Science

Students will learn about the evolutionary history of vertebrate organisms, gain hands-on experience identifying local species, and learn the techniques that biologists use to capture and handle wildlife in the field.  We will explore vertebrate anatomy and physiology through a series of dissections, and each day thereafter will be dedicated to the identification, ecology, and survey techniques for each group of organisms. You will learn to identify Arizona species by sight, sound, tracks, and scat, and will spend most of your time doing hands-on activities in the field outdoors; including canoe-based sampling of fish and water quality analyses, night-chorusing surveys for frogs, using pitfall traps and drift fences to capture reptiles, an animal care and handling short-course at the zoo, birding in Sedona's famous Oak Creek Canyon, and using trail cameras and live traps to survey mammals.  A large portion of this program will be held outdoors, so students should plan to dress accordingly bringing hiking shoes/sneakers for walking, a rain coat/wind breaker, and at least one pair of long pants. 

Prescott is located in Arizona's Central Highlands, which comprises one of the most biologically diverse regions in the nation. Situated at 5,500 feet elevation, it is located in a transition zone where high desert, chaparral, grasslands, Pinyon-Juniper woodlands, and Ponderosa Pine forests all come together. There are very few places in the US where you can experience nearly all of Earth's biomes in a single day, and it is this spectacular diversity of ecosystems that provides the backdrop for this course. We will explore Watson and Willow Lakes, which are designated Important Bird Areas located in the heart of Prescott, visit sites on the Prescott National Forest, and hike Sedona's beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and explore red-rock county

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Program Fee: $1175

Program Dates: Sunday, June 3-Friday, June 8, 2018

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301

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Prescott, AZ
Phone: 928-777-3956
Email: prsummer@erau.edu

Summer Overnight Camps

Live on campus like Embry-Riddle students and explore career possibilities in flight, mechanical engineering, global security, or what it is like to be a NASA astronaut.

Embry-Riddle's overnight summer programs at the Daytona Beach Campus and Prescott Campus introduce the technology of today to the aviators, engineers, and astronauts of tomorrow.

Students live in on-campus dormitories — under the supervision of approved counselors — and share their initial experience of University living with other young people near their age