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Genesee Valley Sustainability Experience

Update:

Applications accepted until the program is full or through July 16

2020 Program Dates:

Sunday, August 23 - Wednesday, August 26

2020 Program Costs:

$350 - includes boat rentals, housing at the Wadsworth Homestead, food, and transportation from Sunday night to Thursday morning


Genesee Valley Sustainability Experience 


Program Costs

Fees and Room & Board

  • Housing in rooms at the Wadsworth Homestead (some beds, some floor space and couches)
  • All meals; starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with dinner on Wednesday
  • Activities Fees (canoe rentals, evening activities)
  • Transportation to and from program activities
  • Services of Residence Life Program Coordinator and Geneseo faculty

Total Cost

$350

Financial Assistance

We do have financial grants available for students to subsidize the cost of each trip through the Summer Experience Scholarship and Grants Committee.  All required paperwork for participation in a work trip must be submitted with this request.  NOTE: Students are expected to pay for trip fees if they have the resources and the grants will only cover partial funding for a given trip.  Any participant is eligible to apply.  Just fill out the form.  Please contact Meg Reitz (reitzm@geneseo.edu) with any questions. 

Program Cancellation Policy

Your application (just the google form) will hold your spot until  June 30.  A non-refundable $150 deposit is due by June 30 to guarantee your place.  The program is organized and planned in such a way that many of the costs are paid ahead of time as a means of guaranteeing housing/food/activities. 

After July 31, there will be no reimbursement for program costs. 

Your payment in full is due by July 31.

Course Description

The Genesee Valley Sustainability Experience is the only summer experience program that is open to all students attending Geneseo in the fall semester.  This program is taught by Director of Sustainability, Dan DeZarn, and takes students on a tour of the Genesee Valley from a sustainability perspective.  Through kayaking and hiking trips from Conesus Lake to the Genesee River, students physically traverse the trip that water takes before and after it reaches the Geneseo campus.  Students will stay at the historic Wadsworth Homestead on Main Street in Geneseo.  They will explore the unique history of the Wadsworth family and the town of Geneseo and learn about the original inhabitants of this land, the Seneca Nation. This trip is designed to enhance students' connection with the local community and its resources, while diving into a breadth of campus sustainability issues.  This course is designed for students interested taking an active role in campus sustainability during their college career.

Students planting in the eGarden (energy garden) on campusLearning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

Who Should Apply?

Any and all incoming first-year students and returning students with an interest in sustainability and the outdoors.  No prior hiking, kayaking, or sustainability experience is necessary.  We especially encourage students who have applied for housing in Eco House, Food Culture House, and the Nassau Arts Community as this experiential learning opportunity overlaps with the goals of those Living-Learning Communities.  Anyone with an interest in trying something new is encouraged to apply.  Enrollment is limited and determined on a first-come, first served basis with spaces reserved for incoming first-year students.

Housing

All participants will stay in their Fall Housing Assignment on campus on Sunday night and Wednesday night.  On Monday and Tuesday nights, students will stay on the second floor of the Wadsworth Homestead, in a number of shared bedrooms and common areas.

Food

All meals are provided beginning with dinner on Sunday night through breakfast on Thursday morning.  Students are expected to handle their own meals on Thursday afternoon and Friday until meal plans begin (Friday dinner for first-year students and Saturday night for returning students).

Transportation

Students should arrange their own transportation to the SUNY Geneseo campus and then we will provide vehicles to transport you to any other destinations.

Supplies

  • At least one pair of good hiking or athletic shoes that they don't mind getting dirty or wet.
  • Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing
  • Long pants for hiking (there is a lot of poison ivy and pricker bushes, even on the well-maintained trails)
  • Swim Wear (for canoeing and swimming)
  • Sun Screen

    Grading

    Students will be graded on their willingness to participate fully in activities and discussions (25%) A short, writing assignment will be due at the end of the summer session (20%) Four reflective assignments due throughout the Fall Semester (30%) Story Map completed at the end of the fall semester (25%)

    Schedule

    • Sunday: arrive on campus, move into your halls and rooms for the fall semester; join group at central location at 4:00 pm
    • Monday: Pack up and move into the Wadsworth Homestead; Our water story starts at Conesus Lake; Dinner and evening activities at the Homestead.
    • Tuesday: Early start and hike the Village of Geneseo, including on campus sustainability tour and discuss water usage; dinner and evening activities at the Homestead.
    • Wednesday: Early start and kayaking trip down the Genesee River (where our water ends up);  Dinner is on campus, catered by Campus Auxiliary Services.
    • Thursday: Breakfast on your own - settle into your rooms and prep for the semester; meals are on your own
    • Friday: New Student Move-In! Check the New Student Programs webpage for up-to-date information.

    Fall Semester

    Attend events and write reflections to integrate your curricular, co-curricular, and sustainability interests.

    Application and Payment

    Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

    There are FOUR steps to your application process:

    1. Please fill out your Genesee Valley Sustainability Experience application online. This holds your place until June 30.

    2. Make your $150 non-refundable deposit, full payment, or balance by June 30. This will guarantee your place in the program.

    3. Fill out and email or mail your Medical and Consent Forms by July 31.  These will be emailed to you after completing the application.

    4. Complete your payment in full by July 31.

    Financial Assistance

    We do have financial grants available for students to subsidize the cost of each trip through the Summer Experience Scholarship and Grants Committee.  All required paperwork for participation in a work trip must be submitted with this request.  NOTE: Students are expected to pay for trip fees if they have the resources and the grants will only cover partial funding for a given trip.  Any participant is eligible to apply.  Just fill out the form.  Please contact Meg Reitz (reitzm@geneseo.edu) with any questions. 

    **Steps 1 and 2 must be complete to reserve your space on the trip.

    Questions? Please contact the Department of Residence Life via phone at 585-245-5726 or email at reslife@geneseo.edu

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Students Kayaking on the Conesus Lake Inlet