WILD About Alfred
Wilderness Immersion, Learning and Discovery (WILD) - It's your Alfred, Explore it!

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. topo map.
  • Equestrian Center trails - topo map.
  • Foster Lake
  • Sugar Shack - making delicious syrup each spring at Joel's House from the maple trees on Pine Hill
  • Alfred's Farmers Market - Every Sunday, 11am to 3pm, from mid-July to mid-October at the Bandstand

Spring 2016 Events

The Color Run
Saturday, April 30, Registration starts at 8 am- 5K starts at 9 am
Come talk a run and be splashed with color as we kick off Hot Dog Day weekend. This is a family friendly event.
-You can also register at http://commerce.cashnet.com/AUpay

Whitewater Rafting at Letchworth
Sunday, May 8th Bus will leave from Powell Campus Center at 11am
Registration is required:
Cost: $40
-All equipment will be provided
-Bus Transportation will also be included
-We plan to return to campus by 4:30pm
-Questions can be directed to Tricia Debertolis
-Register at http://commerce.cashnet.com/AUpay

Other events that are happening in the local area:
Alfred State College Outdoor Recreation Club

Mountain Biking
Tuesday Night Rides Finger Lake Trails
Dates: April 12, 19, 26 2016
Time: Meet at 4 p.m. Ride till 7 p.m. or dark
Gather at: Gazebo across from Orvis and MacKenzie Complex
Must have: Own suspension mt. bike (good working condition), spare inner tubes, tools, helmet, water bottle
Who: Alfred State students - AU students welcome
Contact with questions:
Andy Bayus at 4329 or 4371


Fall 2015 Semester Events

Foster Lake and Pine Hill Trail Tours
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Noon to 3pm
Primarily for first year students, this is an open event.

Friday Night Hike (takes place the first Friday of each month)
Friday, September 4, 2015
Meet at 5:00pm on the first floor of Powell Campus Center (near the mailroom)
2.5 mile hike on the Pine Hill loop

Horse to Harvest Hike,
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Starting at 10am
This is a six mile hike that is very similar to past hikes in that it will start at the Equestrian Center and wander through the sylvan hills surrounding Alfred, NY. The hike will end at Living Acres Farm were there will be wood fire pizza, locally grown food and music (also locally grown) in a lovely outdoor setting.
Cost: $11.00 for full-time students; $21.00 for community members)
Online registration has ended. Walk-ns are welcome but asked to be at the Equestrian Center by 9:30am
Transporation to and from the event will be provided

Friday Night Hike
Friday, October 2, 2015
Meet at 5:00pm on the first floor of Powell Campus Center (near the mailroom)
2.5 mile hike on the Pine Hill loop

Downhill Mountain Bike One-day trip
Sponsored by the Alfred State College Outdoor Recreation Club
Swain Center, NY
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Cost $25 (w/college ID, cash only, meal punch)
(cost includes lift ticket, bag lunch, and transportation)
You will need to have your own front suspension mountain bike.
Sign-up for trip: Wednesday, Sept. 30 @ 7 p.m. in the Alfres State College ORC Rental Room, SLC
Alfred University students are welcome!
Questions, call: Andy Bayus – 607-587-4329 or 4371

Zombie 5k, Hornell, NY
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Details and registration information
Transportaion to be provided. Contact wild@alfred.edu to reserve a seat.

Wellsville Ridgewalk and Run
Sunday, October 18,2015
RidgeWalk & Run promotes good health for all ages, levels of fitness, and physical abilities. Events this year include:
5K, 10K and 15k competitive runs
2, 6, 9, and 15 mile walks
Events conclude on a gorgeous horse farm with festivities including music, refreshments, and kids’ activities.
Registration and Details
Alfred Universtiy will not be providing transportation to this event

Celebrate Service: Celebrate Allegany
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Start tme - 9am. Most projects will take two to four hours
Day of service events with the WILD committee taking the lead on local outdoor projects. This will include trailwork both on AU and NYS lands, trail development on the Equestrian Center property, and removing garbage from Pine Hill.

24-Hour Adventure Challenge
Saturday, October 24th at 1pm to Sunday, October 25th at 1pm
Spend 24 hours in the wood while learning basic wilderness skills. These skill will include friction fire, survival shelters, wild edibles, making cordage (rope) out of natural resources, and more! If interested, contact Patricia Debertolis for more details and to RSVP.

Pumpkin Carving Happening at the Alfred Farmer's Market
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Village Bandstand

Friday Night Hike
Friday, November 6, 2015
Meet at 5:00pm on the first floor of Powell Campus Center (near the mailroom)
2.5 mile hike on the Pine Hill loop

Geocaching in the Alfred Area
Saturday, November 14, 2015
1 to 3pm
To take place both on AU property and on local state lands.
Meet on the first floor of Powell Campus Center

Starry Friday Night Hike
Friday, December 4, 2015
Meet at 7 p.m. on the first floor of Powell Campus Center (near the mailroom) for a constellation walk then end up at AU's Stull Observatory for a bonfire and s'mores made with Milkyway and Galaxy candy bars!

Alfred State College Climbing Wall availale to AU students

Starting Monday, August 31, 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.

Available Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9pm as per the Alfred State College academic calendar 

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 Patricia Debertolis.

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