WILD About Alfred
Wilderness Immersion, Learning and Discovery (WILD) - Get outside and have fun in Alfred!

About Us

WILD about Alfred formed in the spring of 2011 to make the most of Alfred's unique physical setting in Western New York. Our job is to get you outside to experience our gorgeous location and have fun in the outdoors with your friends, professors and staff. Stay up to date with WILD events and photos on our Facebook page!

WILD-ness all around us

  • Pine Hill Trails - right in our backyard, suitable for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. Click for topo map.
  • Equestrian Center trails - click for topo map.
  • Foster Lake
  • Sugar Shack - making delicious syrup at Joel's House from the maple trees on Pine Hill
  • Friday Night Hikes: 6pm every Friday, leaving from the mailroom in the Powell Campus Center. Rain, shine or snow, we'll hike the Pine Hill Trail loop right in our backyard.

Ongoing Weekly Events

Friday Night Hikes
A WILD about Alfred representative will lead a hike every Friday when school is in session starting at 6pm. We meet on the first floor of Powell Campus Center (near the mailroom). The hike is a little less than three miles long and takes just over an hour depending on pace.

Weekly Mountain Bike Rides
The Alfred State College Outdoor Club will be leading a mountain bike ride every week through October 9th. The rides start at 4pm at the gazebo across the street from Orvis Gym. To ride, you must have a suspension mt. bike (good working condition), spare inner tubes, tools, helmet, and water bottle. The first ride is on Tuesday, August 26th and then every Thursday afternoon until October 9th.

Major WILD event Events

Daggett Equestrian Center Tourand Foster Lake Hike
Sunday, August 24, 2014
3:00 to 5:00pm
First year students will be able to take a shuttle to Foster Lake to explore this amazing resource. Transportation will be provided for both.Vans will depart from the bottom floor of the Powell Campus Center.

Alfred State College Climbing Wall
Saturday, September 6, 2014
6:00 to 9:00pm
Alfred University students have access to the Alfred State climbing wall (see below). The WILD committee is planning a group visit to familiarize interested students with this resource. We will be meeting on the first floor of Powell Campus Center at 5:45pm and walking to the Alfred State Student Leadership Center.

Pony to Pond Hike,
Sunday, October 5, 2014, s
Starting at 10am
This is a seven mile hike that is replacing previous years' Horse to Holler Hike. This year's hike will be very similar in that it will start at the Equestrian Center and wander through the sylvan hills surrounding Alfred, NY. The hike will end at Foster Lake were there will be a food and music. Registration is required and there is a fee ($10.00 for all college and local students; $20.00 for community members).
Registration is required to participate

The Night Crawl at Sky High Adventure Park (Ellicottville, NY)
Saturday, October 18, 2014
4:30 to 10:00pm
After dark in the Aerial Park! Let the headlamp be your guide in this exciting 2.5 hour night climb. Start times begin at 6PM and climbs end at 9:30PM. There is a fee for this event that will cover cost of admission and transportation. We expect this event to cost approximately $50.00. Pre-registration will be required and will be available at the start of the academic school year.

Zombie Run (tentative)
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Start time: 4:00pm

Back to the Alfred State College Climbing Wall
Saturday, November 15, 2014
6:00 to 9:00pm
If you haven't visited the ASC climbing wall yet and would like to give it a try, this is your chance. We will be meeting on the first floor of Powell Campus Center at 5:45pm and walking to the Alfred State Student Leadership Center.

Worth Considering

National Wilderness Conference: Takes place in Albuquerque, NM, on October 15, 2014. The Wilderness Conference team seeks to engage college aged students in the conference. To do so the team has developed a Youth Leadership Scholarship Program for those who demonstrate leadership or are working towards a leadership role in wilderness education efforts, advocacy and community awareness. This scholarship will cover travel, lodging, conference fees, and food.

Alfred State College Climbing Wall

Starting Monday, September 1, AU students, faculty and staff will be able to use the ASC Rock Climbing Wall in their Student Leadership Center at no charge, through an agreement with the Division of Student Affairs’s WILD program. AU ID is required with every visit. AU is not responsible for ASC’s facility.

FALL Semester 2014
All hours below are 6pm – 9pm
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 to Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
Closed during Thanksgiving break
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Closed during winter break

SPRING Semester 2015
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 to Thursday, March 12, 2015
Closed during ASC’s spring break (March 12-23, 2015)
March 23, 2015 to Thursday, April 30, 2015
Closed during finals week and for the summer

Regional Outdoorsy Events

Cuba Garlic Festival, September 20 to 21, Cuba, NY

Canaseraga Fall Harvest Festival, September 20 to 21, Canaseraga, NY

Kent Farm's Pumpkin Patch, September 27 to October 31, Andover, NY

Wellsville Ridge Walk and Run, Sunday, October 19, Wellsville, NY

Local Farmers' Markets

Alfred, NY - Village Bandstand
Sundays 11am to 3pm
July to November

Angelica, NY - Park Circle
Saturdays 9am to 11am
June to October

Belmont, NY - Willets Ave.
Thursdays 11am to 5pm
May to October

Wellsville, NY - Jones Memorial Hospital
Thursdays 12pm to 6pm
May to October