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.

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.

Remaining Events for Spring 2014

Hot Dog Day Color Run, Saturday, April 29, 2014
Registration is now open for the Hot Dog Day 5K Color Run/Walk! Please visit our website for more information and to link into the registration form - pre-register now to guarantee your shirt!

WILD about Whitewater Rafting, Sunday, rafting, May 11, 2014
Join WILD for a trip down the Genesee River through “The Grand Canyon of the East” and make memories that will last a lifetime. This is the perfect trip for first-time rafters as the Class II rapids are enjoyable but not too risky. Five and one-half miles of spectacular scenery and fun rapids await you and your fellow paddlers. On warm days, you can cool off body surfing at “New Wave Rapids” or get soaking wet at “The Leap of Faith”. The bus will leave in front of the Powell Campus Center on Sunday, May 11 at 12:30pm. The fee is $40 and covers transportation and rafting. We look forward to having you join us.
Registration is required

 

Events That Took Place During the Past Year

Women in the Wilderness
Saturday April 5th (rain date is April 12th), starting at 9:30 am.
The event will be a two mile hike that consists of five learning stations to help participating students and community members learn more about the outdoors. The event starts and ends with a reception at the JLC, but participants will be transported to the hike which will take place at Phillip’s Creek State Forest off of 244 in Alfred Station. Transportation, food, and merchandise will be provided.
Registration is required (fee is $13)

WILD about Skiing and Snowboarding: Trip to Holiday Valley
Saturday, February 8, 2014
8 lifts and 28 trails open for a 6 hour pass
Bus departure: 2:30pm
Bus return: 11:30am
Cost:
Ski pass only - $34
Ski pass and rental $55
Ski pass and snowboard rental $58
Registration and pre-payment Required

WILD about Maple Syrup
Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Friday Night Hikes
We kicked off the year with a trial hike and light maintenance work on Pine Hill Trails. The three mile hike included cleaning the trail, picking up garbage, building simple foot bridges over a couple wet spots, and ended with a bonfire and s'mores at the hairpin turn.

Horse to Holler Hike: Saturday, September 28
This was an amazing seven mile trail hike starting at the Equestrian Center and finishing at Pollywogg Holler, a local eco-resort, for wood-fired pizza and beverages. The hike included two aid stations and a s'more station, giveaways, door prizes, and pizza at the finish.
Trail Map
Sponsors:
-The Collegiate Restaurant, Alfred University - Friday Night Hike Event
-AVI Dining Services,
-Alfred-Almond Teachers Association
-Brian Schu, Attorney at Law,
-Fox's Pizza,
-Hamilton Shoes (Wellsville, NY),
-Kellogg's Alpaca Farm (Scio, NY),
-Sunny Cove Farm, and
-Hedgerow Bakery (for the cookies!).

Zombie Apacolypes Run II: Saturday, November 2:
On the heels of Halloween, the WILD about Alfred committee will be partnering with the Zombie Apocalypse student organization (i.e., Jonathan Ugalde) to host the second Zombie Run. '
Registration is closed but we will be taking walk-in registrations between 3:00 and 3:45pm the day of the evebt. There is a $10.00 registration fee.
Zombies: Meet at 3pm at the observatory at 3:00pm.

Foster Lake Fest: The Cornucopia of Wonder: Saturday, November 16
This event will take place at Foster Lake and include a bonfire and hay rides, along with lessons on geo-caching, orienteering, fly fishing, the best hiking gear, wilderness first aid, plant identification, and more.

Funky, Fiery, Final Friday Night Hike with Food and Fun - A.K.A. the F-Bomb Hike: Friday, December 6 -
Meet at the mail room in the Campus Center at 6pm. No advance signup necessary - just come! Bring headlamps if you have them, and snowshoes if necessary. If you don't have them, no worries. We have loaners. The Pine Hill Trail will be illuminated with glow sticks! Afterward, reconvene at Joel's House at 7 for a bonfire and snacks.

AU Bike Hub Receives National Award
Alfred University Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists!
BLA Bronze Award