Black Rock Forest Field Trip
Cornwall, NY


Departments of
School of Education Noyce Scholars

Sat/Sunday October 28-29, 2017

For declared Geography & Environmental Studies majors
PGEOG 38367/PGEOG 70557- Field Ecology of NYC Students
Noyce Scholars

Forms Due By 4:00pm Friday, October 20th


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Spring 2015
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This field trip has been organized by:

  • Tom Walter, Andrew Reinmann & Allen Frei, Department of Geography

  • Jeanne Weiler, Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs


Field Work Objectives: We will be making ecology-related field measurements


Tour Structure: This field trip will provide you with the opportunity to contrast the ecosystems of NYC with a rural forest ecosystem and learn about the studies being conducted at this research forest. Further, during this field trip you will learn how to collect and process tree cores.


On the field trip we will:

  • Have a green building tour (solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling and composting toilets) of the Lodge and Science buildings.

  • Hike 7-10 miles in Black Rock Forest's 4000 acres on well-marked unimproved roads and trails.

The cost would normally be about $100 per person but we have funding from President Raab's Initiative to Increase Student Engagement and Co-curricular Activity.

There is no cost for this trip and includes transportation via bus, lodging and food.

We plan to leave Hunter College's 68th Street West Building entrance at 8:30am Saturday and return to Hunter by 6:00pm on Sunday.

The Black Rock Forest Consortium Center for Science and Education has a Forest Lodge to accommodate overnight visitors. The Lodge has a commercial kitchen with stove, refrigerators, pots, pans, dishes, glasses and utensils. We'll prepare a menu ahead of time and will purchase food the day before we leave on the trip. The small town of Cornwall is a 10 minute drive in case we forget anything.

The dorm rooms house 4-6 people each and sheets, a blanket and pillow are provided. I suggest bringing your own pillow. There are his and her bathrooms with showers.

Take a look at the Field Trip web page for more information and a trip reservation and waiver form you can download.

Bring lunch for Saturday and we'll prepare dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. The menu will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and there will be fruit and snacks available at all time. If you have any special food needs you can bring food and store it in the kitchen refrigerator.

There's cell phone reception and WiFi so you won't be cut off from the world.

NOYCE Scholars and students registered in Prof. Reimann's PGEOG 38367/PGEOG 70557- Field Ecology of NYC are guaranteed spots on the trip. The remaining 10 spots are for declared geography and environmental studies majors who have NOT been on BRF field weekends in the past.

To reserve a spot on the trip, fill out the forms below. Noyce Scholars should bring forms to Prof. Jeanne Weiler. Geography/Environmental Studies  students should drop them off in Tom Walter's office mail box (room 1006N). The deadline for reservations for the trip is 4:00PM, Friday, October 20th. If there are more forms submitted for the trip than slots available, a lottery will be held. You will be notified if you've been accepted for the trip by Saturday, October 21st.

If the weather forecast for the weekend is bad we may cancel the trip and all money will be refunded.

You must submit the following forms:

Trip Reservation/Emergency Contact Form

Black Rock Forest (BRF) Home Page

CUNY Waiver/Release Form
(required) (must be notarized if under 18 years old)

Detailed Instructions to BRF

Both sets of forms, above, are required

BRF Lodge Information




Forest Lodge