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SJA Field Semester

Environmental Studies Field Semester

SJA Field Semester is a new opportunity for motivated students to pursue field-based research in an outdoor setting. This program is ideal for juniors and seniors interested in concentrated study in environmental or field-based science with its focus on environmental literacy and natural resource management concepts.

Program Features

  • Majority of coursework is outdoors, hands-on, and field-based
  • Based at the Academy’s nearby SJA Field Campus, a 75-acre property with both agricultural and forested areas
  • Fulfills a core science requirement and additional elective credits
  • Offers dual enrollment college credits at Sterling College
  • Provides a solid foundation for pursuing further education and careers in natural resource management, ecosystem science, environmental engineering, and related disciplines

Location — Our Land Lab

The program is based at the Academy’s nearby SJA Field Campus in Danville, a 75-acre property with both agricultural and forested areas. Students will also travel regularly to additional sites around the Northeast Kingdom. This network of sites will provide research stations for collection of long-term ecological data by students and professionals. Outdoor work frames the program as a field-based, hands-on and immersive experience.

Agricultural and forested areas within the property network will be used as working landscapes for larger projects such as farming, forest management, maple sugaring, and recreational trail development. These projects will create opportunities, materials, and products for students and the wider community allowing them to learn the principles of sustainable development and how to manage the landscape accordingly.


Students complete coursework in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Literature and Composition, and Social Studies of Sustainability.