Teatown Environmental Science Academy

July 1 – July 26, 2019

The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) provides high school students with meaningful hands-on experience with the theories, tools, and techniques scientists use to study today’s pressing conservation issues.

Apply to TESA 2019

The application period for TESA is closed for 2019.

Real World Experience

The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) is an intensive and challenging field-based environmental science research program for high school students. TESA provides invaluable experience for students interested in the environment through exposure to the techniques and technology of environmental scientists and field biologists. Students conduct research in the fields, forests, lakes, and streams of Teatown’s 1,000-acre nature preserve.

Program Curriculum

The educational curriculum of TESA blurs the distinction between research and teaching by providing students the opportunity to conduct independent work through laboratory exercises and field projects. Individualized attention from leading scientists furthers student development by fostering critical thinking and problem solving. Students in this program receive the knowledge and experience necessary to lead their peers as they develop into the next generation of environmental scientists.

In this course students will:

  • Develop meaningful research questions
  • Design field studies and experiments
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data
  • Present their findings

Each student will also conduct an independent research project and present their findings at a class symposium that will be open to family and friends. Additionally, this program will serve as a jumping-off point for the development of the independent research projects many of these students will be conducting during the school year, and will be invaluable to students who wish to pursue environmental sciences in their post-secondary education.

TESA is a fee-based program limited to 12 students who will be accepted on a competitive basis. Fees are $1,900 for members; $2,100 for non-members. Limited scholarship support is available.

Taught by Field Scientists

TESA is taught by scientists and instructors from Teatown and Pace University who study regional environmental issues, conduct research, and have experience in mentoring science research students.

View the 2019 TESA Symposium

2019 Student Powerpoints

Priya Patel, John P. Stevens High School, NJ, 9th grade “The 2-inch bulldozer: Gypsy moth larvae host preference

Dominic Polycarpou, Sleepy Hollow High School, 12th grade “Styrofoam biodegradation: Comparing the capabilities of mealworms,
woodlice, and millipedes

Alicia Mateo, Palisade Preparatory, 12th grade “Effect of invasive and native plant status on deer browsing preference

Christian Kirchmann, Somers High School, 11th grade “Breeding site preferences of mosquitoes: How pH affects mosquito
larvae and eggs

David Mercado, Somers High School, 12th grade “The relationship between invasive earthworms, leaf litter, and soil conditions

Dev Patel, John P. Stevens High School, NJ, 9th grade “Humans vs. biodiversity: Influence of recreational hiking on animals

Alana Rabinowitz, Mahopac High School, 12th grade “Testing whether benthic macroinvertebrates are bioindicators of microplastics

Olivia Eng, Westlake High School, 12th grade “Multiple stressors and their effect on beaver stump mortality

Saya Aizeki-Nevins, Sleepy Hollow High School, 11th grade “Escherichia coli and coliform bacteria colonization on microplastics

Anneka Rust, Croton-Harmon High School, 11th grade “Surviving the drought: Comparing the resilience between native and
invasive species

TESA Alumni and Stories

  • Three of our Teatown Environmental Science Academy alumni, Kimberly Nicole Badger, Soon il Junko Higashino (students at Ossining High School) and Amar Bhardwaj of the Hong Kong International School, were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious national high-school science competition.
  • Kimberly Nicole Badger’s research project was entitled “Urban Forests Fail to Provide Adequate Habitat for Native Woodpecker Species.” Soon il Junko Higashino’s project was entitled, “Species Richness of Cutaneous Bacteria Varies with Urbanization: Implications of the Effects of Habitat Conditions on Defense Mechanisms of Plethodon cinereus.” Amar’s research project was entitled, “Effects of Invasive Plant Leaf-Litter on a Lake Ecosystem.” Soon il was thereafter named an Intel finalist.
  • Two of our alumni from the TESA program participated in the ISWEEP International Science Competition with youth from all over the world in Houston. www.ISWEEEP.org. 385 highly qualified projects from 66 different countries were displayed. Participants enjoyed meeting with with students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not the only ones committed to finding solutions to the globe’s problems. Both TESA alumni received awards in the Environment category:
  • Javiera Morales won a Silver Medal for her project on”The Correlation Between Forest Fragmentation and Invasive Herbaceous Plant Presence in a Deciduous Forest Habitat.”
  • Sara Mongno won a Bronze Medal for her project on “The Effects of Leaf Litter from Invasive Species on Water Quality Factors.”

Program Flyer

For a printable program-flyer, click here.