Offered Courses

Wetland Plants and Algae Identification Workshop

Dates:  June 20-22 (2.5 day course);  June 20-24 (full course)

Choose between a 2-1/2 day or a 5 day work shop designed to introduce you to wetlands and some of the more common plants found in wetlands. The workshop will take place at the Regional Science Consortium and Presque Isle State Park. Presque Isle State Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the state of Pennsylvania and contains numerous wetlands. This workshop will provide you a hands-on opportunity to learn to identify wetland plants and explore these unique ecosystems to give you a better understanding and appreciation of them. We will walk, wade, and canoe these wetlands during the day and further explore what we found in the evening. You will also be given an introduction to the more common algae species, as well as the problematic cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, which has been in the news these past few summers.

For more information or questions about cost and housing, email Jeanette Schnars at jeanette@regsciconsort.com

Introduction to Electrofishing and Safety Principles

Date: July 27-28

Electrofishing is an important, commonly used tool for biologists to collect a range of fishery data such as species composition, population estimates, and growth rates. Improper techniques, however, can bias results and be injurious, or even lethal, to humans and the fish they capture. Modern equipment and proper training can improve safety and data collection. The course is offered through Smith-Root and will consist of a two day learning period. On Day One, eight hour lecture  will educate on topics of electrical theory, electrofishing equipment, operation and safety, and applied electrofishing methods. Day Two will  be a field trip, with backpack electrofishing gear, to a local stream. Fieldwork will be conducted in two groups of up to six students. Each group will spend approximately four hours in the field, including travel. This portion of the class will provide the students hands on familiarity with equipment operation and an opportunity to apply the information learned in the classroom on the previous day.


  • How to use different kinds of equipment.
  • How to work in a variety of environments.
  • How to work with a variety of target species, or in different life stages.
  • Operation and safety, including dangers to humans and fish.
  • Electrofishing techniques as they apply to bioassessments, fisheries characterizations, population estimates, or age and growth studies.

View http://www.smith-root.com/services/training/  or email jeanette@regsciconsort.com for more information or housing inquiries.

A Field Study of Freshwater Macroinvertebrates

Date: July 12-14

This course is designed to familiarize students with collection, observation, and field identification of Pennsylvania’s freshwater macroinvertebrate fauna. Students will be taught how to collect, preserve, catalog, curate, and observe freshwater macroinvertebrates in lotic and lentic environments. Additionally, they will be taught how to gather pertinent in situ behavioral and distributional information on freshwater macroinvertebrates and how to manage, record, and store field data. It is important for students to develop these skills considering the increasing emphasis on biodiversity and environmental monitoring.

For more information or questions about cost and housing, email Jeanette Schnars at jeanette@regsciconsort.com

Introduction to Underwater Archaeological Site Recording

Date: June 10-12

(plus dives for NAUI certification)

This course is meant to provide the diver with the skills and knowledge to conduct a non-invasive survey of a submerged historical site. The class will include the following:

  • a basic introduction to maritime archaeology and a brief history of the field
  • archaeological site ethics adapted from the Society for American Archaeology ethical principles
  • introduction to ship terminology so that common terms are used among divers during survey and recording
  • Underwater equipment and considerations for diving
  • Introduction to methods and practices including traditional underwater recording and photomosaics

For more information or questions about cost and housing, email Jeanette Schnars at jeanette@regsciconsort.com

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