Jenette R. Kloss, of Mansfield, is one of 12 St. Lawrence University students participating in the Adirondack Semester program of study this fall. Kloss graduated from Edwin O. Smith High School.
Following the model of study abroad in another culture, the Adirondack Semester offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves full-time in the natural world. Students will have the chance to experience and reflect critically upon alternative perceptions of how to live responsibly, not just as global citizens of the human community, but as interconnected parts of the global ecosystem. The program includes extended wilderness experiences, as well as courses which examine natural history, ecology, cultural history and ethics. It is based physically and educationally in a remote camp in the Adirondacks, without cars, television, or most electronic devices. Participating students must be willing to commit to an ethos of temporary removal from urban and campus amenities in order to study and reformulate the ethics of their relationships to society and nature.