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.

Upcoming Spring 2015 Semester Events

Whitewater Rafting
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Cost: $55.00
Timeframe: 12:30pm departure; 6:00pm return
Transportation will be provided
Pre-registration is required > WILD > Whitewater Rafting
Registration Deadline - Friday, May 1, 2015

UNIV 107: Wilderness Immersion and Learning and Discovery (Fall 2015 - Class is full)

This leadership development and service learning course takes place every fall semester and every class takes place outdoors. The focus is on problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills facilitated through experiential elements such as friction fire building, basic survival and rescue, wilderness first aid, shelter construction, and more. For more information, contact Mark McFadden.

Events that took place during the past year

Day of Survival
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1pm to 7om
Interested in learning basic survivial techniques? Survivla educator, Stuart White, will lead a day of hands-on exercises that address minimal camping techniques and basic survival strategies.
For more details contact Mark McFadden.

Winter Hike: Horse to Hearth
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Start time: 12:00pm
End time: Approximately 5:00pm
Join us for a five-and-a-half mile hike/snowwhoe from the Equestrian Center to the Hedgerow Pizza Oven located somewhere on the edge of the Phillips Creek State Forest. Hopefully there will be enough snow to use snowshoes (a limited supply of snowshoes will be available)
Transportation to and from the event will be provided
Event cost will be $10.00 for pizza, warm beverages, and transportation
Registration is required and will be cut off at 25 participants

Ski and Snowboarding at Holiday Valley
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Depart AU at 2pm and return at 11:30pm
$30 for a 6-hour lift ticket (4-10pm). Ticket plus ski rental - $50; ticket plus snowboard rental - $54
Transportation will be provided
Registration is closed - event is full

Pony to Pond Hike,
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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

Daggett Equestrian Center Tour and 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.

The Autumn Amble: Costume 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Start time: 3:00pm
Recycle your Halloween costume for one more day and join the first annual costume 5k run/walk with AU mascot Little Alf. Event will include a scarecrow building contest, face painting, and the chance to connect and learn about AU clubs and local charities.
Registraion starts at 2:00pm. The cost will be $5.00 or five non-perishable food items for the local food bank.

Back to the Alfred State College Climbing Wall
Saturday, November 15, 2014
3:00 to 5:00pm
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.

Hot Dog Day 5K Color Run/Walk
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Registration begins at 9:15am
Race start time: 10am
Student fee - $15.00
Non-student fee - $20.00
Pre-registration is required

Spring into Action: Day of Service Trail Work
Saturday, April 18, 2015, from ~9am to ~4pm
For those of you interested in spending the day in the great outdoors, there will be several community service projects taking place including trail maintenance in the Phillips Creek State Forest trail system.
If interested in helping, please contact Mark McFadden.

Alfred State College Outdoor Recreation Club Happenings

Kayak Lessons
Come and learn to roll a kayak and different paddling techniques.
All you need to bring is your swimsuit & towel.
More info...

Alfred State 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 to 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

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