Department of Geography

Black Rock Forest Field Trip
Cornwall, NY

Sat/Sunday April 14-15, 2018

For declared Geography & Environmental Studies
majors & minors and graduate students

Forms Due By Noon on Wednesday, April 11th

Pictures from:
Spring 2015
Fall 2014

Fall 2013
Fall 2011

Spring 2010


March 18, 2017 - Three days after 24" snow storm!



This field trip has been organized by:

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


Field Work Objectives: Hike Storm King Mt. and learn about its significance in the environmental movement. You will receive background material about the natural and environmental history of the area while hiking.

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 several miles on the Storm King Mt. loop trail on Saturday ( ).

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

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 and the cost will be $10.00 per person.

The cost for this trip is $10.00 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. I'll (TBW) 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.

To reserve a spot on the trip, fill out the forms below. Students should drop them off in Tom Walter's office mail box (room 1006N). The deadline for reservations for the trip is Noon, Wednesday, April 11th.

This trip is first come, first served. Slots fill up fast so get your forms and $10.00 in as soon as possible.

If the weather forecast for the weekend is bad we may cancel the trip.

You must submit the following forms:

Black Rock Forest (BRF) Home Page

Detailed Instructions to BRF

BRF Lodge Information




Forest Lodge