Housing & Transportation

What and where are the accommodations?


In Cortland, you will stay at the Country Inn and Suites close to the SUNY Cortland campus.


You must make your own reservation by calling the hotel directly at +1 (607) 753-8300 and asking for the Forever Wild block. A special rate of $83 + tax been negotiated for Forever Wild participants on July 12, 2015 (cohort 1) and on July 19, 2015 (cohort 2) -- please show school ID when checking in. Rates are based upon double occupancy. Additional adults are $10.00 each. Please request the Forever Wild rate when making your reservation. Each individual caller will be asked to guarantee their rooms with a valid credit card at the time of booking.

Check-in time is anytime after 3:00 pm and departure time is prior to 11:00 am.     

Reservations must be made by June 28, 2015. After this date any un-utilized rooms in the Forever Wild blocks will fall back into general inventory for the hotel to resell and our group discounted rate will no longer be available. 


Any individual cancellations need to be made by 4 PM on the day prior to arrival. Any cancellations made after this time are subject to a penalty of 1 night’s room charge.


Bunk BedsThe rest of the week, you will lodge at Great Camp Huntington. The camp was originally built in 1870 as a summer retreat. The facility, now more than one hundred years later, will accommodate all of our participants in dorm-style and historic buildings. The rustic charm and historic nature of these buildings means that some buildings have shared bathrooms, others will require participants to leave their building and walk a short distance to a shared bathroom. All beds are single, bunk-style beds. The camp’s lack of cellular phone service and its distance to the nearest hospital (75 miles) exemplify its remote nature. With its mission to promote environmental education, Camp Huntington offers the group a variety of outdoor equipment and resources to experience nature. These include approximately four miles of hiking trails, the self-guided Waldbauer Nature Trail, canoes and kayaks, and an outdoor fire pit.  SUNY Cortland has remained true to the tradition and history of the camp, and has only added a few modern updates, including Wi-Fi service in some buildings, in order to facilitate interaction with the natural environment and to deepen students’ connection to the experience of camp living. This is an incredible opportunity to experience nature as Gilded Age industrialists did. For details on each of the camp’s buildings, please navigate to the college’s link: http://www2.cortland.edu/off-campus/outdoor-education-facilities/raquette-lake/camp-huntington/facilities.dot

How do I travel to the Workshop?

commuter boatParticipants should make travel plans to arrive in Cortland, NY by Sunday in time for the 5:00 p.m. welcome, dinner and orientation at the 1890's House. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is approximately a 50-minute drive to Cortland. Participants can sign up for one of the shuttle runs SUNY Cortland will provide on Sunday for $35.00. A chartered bus will take all the participants from Cortland to Camp Huntington on Monday afternoon (no extra charge). Saturday morning, the chartered bus will pick up the group at Camp Huntington at 10:00 a.m., making a stop at the Syracuse airport at approximately 12:30 P.M. Those flying out of Syracuse on Saturday should arrange airline departures not earlier than 2:30 p.m.

What do I do upon arrival at the hotel?

Vans will transport you from the Country Inn and Suites to the 1890's House at 4:45 P.M. on Sunday.


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What Our 2013 NEH Summer Scholars Had to Say:

“The Forever Wild seminar has affected me like no other. I am a stronger teacher of the Gilded Age because of this week.”

“This was by far the best seminar and learning experience I have ever had as an adult.”

"The directors Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch and their assistant Kerri Freese were amazing--they were enthusiastic, generous, fun-loving, hard-working, passionate and well-organized in executing the program."

"The visiting faculty were intense and highly qualified to speak on the topics they did. The readings they assigned were excellent and will be highly adaptable as references in my classroom."

"The participants were amazing--it was a history nerd extravaganza in the best possible way."

"The activities were sublime--from touring the great camps to the excellent Adirondacks Museum to kayaking and swimming in Raquette Lake before breakfast--sublime!"

"This was simply a superb institute and experience. It will PROFOUNDLY affect my teaching of the Gilded Age and the beginnings of environmentalism in our history."

"The directors were knowledgeable, hands-on, and very engaging. They did not pontificate, but rather created wonderful lectures and groups that we as participants could actively be involve in as well as thrive in. The visiting faculty were outstanding, the use of primary source materials valuable, and the mix of colleagues was second to none. It was a pleasure to be around all the participants, faculty, and staff."


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