GeoFyrst, a six-day geology camping
A student studies the geology at Vroman’s Nose, a cliff in Middleburgh, NY; the Catskill Front escarpment at North-South Lake campground in Haines Falls, NY

New 1-credit pre-semester fall course!


August 15-20

Geologic Experience Outdoors: the First-Year Regional Summer Trip is an immersive outdoor experience exploring the landscape of New York and the Northeast. On past trips, we have visited the Adirondacks, dinosaur tracks, glacial carvings, waterfalls, and the beaches of Cape Cod. Students will be immersed in a unique learning environment while forming close bonds with other incoming students. The outdoors will be our classroom! It's a camping trip, but camping experience is not required. See the photos below from previous trips!

Students will drop off their personal belongings in their dorm room on August 15 and meet in room 208 of the Perna Science building for a 12 pm departure. We will be traveling in mini-vans and camping for the next six days. We will return to campus on August 20, move-in day, so you can meet your roommate and unpack your belongings. Transfer students living on campus will be on campus before their orientation and may have to attend an earlier orientation or help faculty and staff with the freshmen orientation. The class finishes August 20, leaving you the rest of the semester to settle into your new home and new courses with your new friends.

All first-year students (incoming freshman and transfer students) are invited to apply regardless of your major. This class counts toward hours for the fall semester.

The GEOFYRST Experience

The trip now has reached its limit and is closed. Thank you for your interest.

If you have questions about the program, please email

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