Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School Girls

Environmental Science Weekend
Participants in the fall 2016 Explore program collect data on tree measurements to calculate carbon storage.

Do you like to wade in streams, program computers, observe animals, grow vegetables, collect minerals or fly drones? If you answered yes to any one of these, you may be a budding environmental scientist!

Celebrate Earth Day outside and discover what it’s like to work as an environmental scientist by joining us April 20-21, 2018, for a weekend of hands-on learning and problem solving. You’ll spend time in the forests and streams on Sweet Briar’s expansive campus, collaborating with Sweet Briar environmental science professors and students to collect and analyze data relevant to a contemporary environmental challenge. You’ll stay in one of our historic residence halls with environmental science student mentors, explore our beautiful campus, and get a taste of life as a college student.

This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Explore Environmental Science is supported by the Judith Haskell Brewer Fund.

Spring Explore Environmental Science Weekend | April 20-21, 2018


Cost is $65 and includes room and board, snacks, supplies and a hat.


Register below by March 1 for highest priority. Space is limited.

Only fully paid event registrations reserve your student’s seat; unpaid registrations are placed on a waiting list until payment is received.


Please contact:

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
E | rgirten@sbc.edu

Please note: We will spend a good chunk of Saturday in Sweet Briar’s forests, fields, and streams. We’ll walk several miles and will probably get muddy and wet. If you are excited about the weekend but have a physical limitation, please contact us to discuss how we can accommodate you.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Campus Tour
4 p.m.

Event Introduction
5 p.m.

Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors

Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Field, Lab and Computer Work
All Day

Dinner with Parents
Project Summaries and Information on Environmental Careers
6 p.m.


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Additional Explore Events

Sweet Briar College EXPLORE EventsSweet Briar College’s EXPLORE is a series of immersive pre-college, residential events for high school sophomore, junior and senior girls. Weekend events for various disciplines are offered in the fall and spring, and a weeklong for-credit engineering course is offered in the summer.

The EXPLORE series offers high school girls opportunities to investigate different fields of study in a small-class setting. Working in teams with Sweet Briar faculty and undergraduate students, high-schoolers work on creative and fun projects — whether they’re collecting carbon storage data from the forests on our campus or designing and building a wearable electronic device in one of our engineering labs. No prior experience or knowledge is required — it’s a chance to EXPLORE!

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