FNR Summer Practicum


Forestry students have been retreating to the woods for over 80 summers, gaining first-hand knowledge no classroom lecture can match. And while many schools are scaling back their summer camp programs, Purdue has expanded the program to include students majoring in aquatic sciences and wildlife.

This 5-week practicum is a required course series for all forestry, aquatic sciences, and wildlife majors in our department typically during the summer following the sophomore year. All students first focus on land measurement and surveying. Followed by specific modules in forest ecosystems, aquatic sciences, forestry and wildlife management. Students pay university tuition plus a fee for living facilities and subsistence.

At this time, only students who are enrolled as majors in forestry, aquatic sciences and wildlife are permitted to enroll in this course series.
This summer practicum takes place in Iron River, Michigan at a well-established camp with furnished cabins, a fully staffed kitchen, and facilities to house our classes. Transportation between Purdue and Summer Practicum is provided, but optional.

Upcoming FNR Summer Practicum Terms:

Summer 2021: May 9 – June 12, 2021
Summer 2022: May 8 – June 11, 2022
Summer 2023: May 7 - June 10, 2023
Summer 2024: May 5 - June 8, 2024

Plan ahead! Leaving camp during this period usually means missing class time. It is highly recommended that students plan to stay in and around Iron River for the entire 5-week period. Because of the compressed format of these courses and the planning and coordination required for each exercise, any class time missed will not be excused and points cannot be made up.


Attention to this upcoming year's attendees:
All correspondence regarding Summer Practicum will be sent to your Purdue email. Check this email weekly to ensure that you do not miss any important information.

There is a MANDATORY meeting on March 9th at 5:45pm that all practicum students must attend. No exceptions. Mark your calendars now, inform work and student organizations that you will not be available during this evening. Students will receive a link for this meeting in their Purdue email on the day of the meeting.

Summer Practicum General Information:
Details specific to 2021 Summer Practicum:
Contact Cortney Mycroft, Summer Practicum Director, with your questions or concerns.
mycroftc@purdue.edu or call 765-494-8103.

2021 MANDATORY Summer Practicum meeting will be on March 9th at 5:45pm.

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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