Natural Resources and Ecology



Natural Resources and Ecology, July 16-26, 2023.

Natural Resources and Ecology is a foundation-level course within the CASE program of study. The course provides students a variety of experiences that in the fields of natural resources and ecology.

Students explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man's interaction with the Earth is addressed in this course.

Students select an ecosystem to study throughout the course and apply principles of natural resources and ecology from each unit of study to that ecosystem.

Teachers are provided detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. Every lesson is aligned with national standards for agriculture, science, mathematics, and English language arts.

Additional Information

Cumberland Valley High School is located at 6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. To learn more about Cumberland Valley High School Ag Program and FFA, visit their website.


The cost of the Pennsylvania State University CASE Institute is $3,300 per person. The price includes lodging, curriculum, cost of instruction materials, shirt, printing, and meals. The registration fee must be paid by May 20th. See CANCELLATION POLICY for details about refunds and participant and/or school financial responsibilities after the April 1st registration deadline.


The PSU CASE Institute will operate on the standard 8-day CASE institute schedule. Pre-institute homework required. A group conference room will be reserved for evening group work and study sessions. All participants MUST be present the entire CASE Institute - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Lunch Schedule (Lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST)
Sunday, July 16th: Check-in from 2:30-5:00 pm Cumberland Valley High School (6746 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050)
Monday, July 26th-Wednesday, July 26th: Class at SCAHS from 8:00 am-5:30 pm EST

Sunday: Arrival Day and Check-in from 2:30 - 5:00 pm EST. Flights arriving into Harrisburg International Airport should land NO LATER than 2:30 pm EST. Group dinner and Institute Grand Opening at 5:30 pm at Cumberland Valley High School.

Monday- Friday: Depart hotel by 7:40 am EST. Class at Cumberland Valley High School from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm EST.

  • Lunch provided at Cumberland Valley High School.
  • Dinner will be arranged for the group or participants may venture to local eateries on their own using the meal stipend.

*A more detailed schedule will be available early 2023.


Hotel accommodations will be provided as part of your registration fee at the Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW-Mechanicsburg. The hotel will provide hot breakfast, internet, fitness area, complimentary self-parking and a group study area.

The hotel will be a short 10-minute drive from Cumberland Valley High School. Transportation will be available every morning and evening to transport participants to CVHS and back to hotel. Transportation to evening group meals will also be provided.

Travel Details

Airport - The Harrisburg International Airport, host to many airlines and servicing many cities, is only thirty minutes from the hotel and classroom locations. It is located in the capitol city of Pennsylvania, home to may tourist attractions. 


Central Pennsylvania has many historic and tourist attractions to offer. Some of these include:

For more attractions, please visit Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau website

Graduate Credit

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Cancellation Policy

CASE Cancellation Policy

  • Full registration refund for cancellations before April 15.
  • $200 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received later than April 15 but more than 30-days from the start date.
  • $800 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received within 30-days from the start date or participant is a no-show. 
  • At their discretion, hosts may include an additional cancellation fee to recoup non-refundable costs.

Host Cancellation Policy:

Individuals who wish to cancel their registration after registering for the institute will incur a cancellation fee. Any registration cancellations from April 15 to May 27 will incur an $800 cancellation fee. After May 27, no refunds will be available to the individual and/or their school and payment in full is required.

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