The Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute has returned to HWS this summer. Taking place from July 13 through 26, the college credit-bearing program is designed to introduce high school students to a variety of environmental issues and demonstrate how many different disciplines lead to careers dealing with the environment. “The most important thing is to provide these students with a better understanding of what it means to explore and understand environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective,” Jim MaKinster, associate professor of education and director of the ESSYI, said. “Hopefully, the ESSYI program will provide them with a sense of direction at the beginning of their academic careers.” MaKinster has been with the Colleges since 2002 and holds a doctorate in science and environmental education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For the next two weeks, high school juniors and seniors from across the country will conduct research with faculty members in small groups, in various locations: the HWS William F. Scandling boat, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, the Hanley Nature Preserve, the Cayuga Nature Center, and in streams, lakes, bogs and laboratories. The students also spend four days conducting research while camping, hiking and canoeing in the Adirondack region. Exploring topics in environmental policy and ethics, the students learn the perspective of historians, artists, philosophers and scientists, with sessions that include nature photography, art history, and environmental literature.