How to Apply

Am I eligible to apply to Forever Wild?

Forever Wild seeks a diverse group of full and part-time educators from a variety of humanities disciplines, including teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents. While the content focus might be more appropriate to the middle and high school student, all K-12 educators are invited to apply. To foster creative discussions related to pedagogical approaches, we aim to create a cross-discipline and mixed grade-level cohort.

How much is the stipend and what does it cover?

The NEH $1200 stipend will defray expenses associated with your participation in the Forever Wild program, such as travel and books. All participants will receive their stipend at the end of the week’s program, less $345 for the week’s all-inclusive room and board at Camp Huntington and Sunday evening's event at the Historic 1890's House. Participants are responsible for reserving/paying for their own lodging Sunday night at the Cortland Country Inn and Suites (607) 753-8300 and the SUNY Cortland shuttle from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to Cortland (more details to follow). 

May I get SUNY Cortland credit?

SUNY Cortland’s Center for Educational Exchange will provide participants with certificates attesting to professional development hours completed during this Landmarks workshop. Participants may submit these certificates to their school districts in support of their efforts to earn professional development hours. Participants may earn 3.0 graduate credits from SUNY Cortland by enrolling as a “non-matriculated” student in HIS 529 TP: Gilded Age & Progressive Era. Tuition and fees are approximately $1,390.55 in-state and $2,617.55 for non-residents.

How do I apply?

All applicants are invited to submit materials postmarked before the March 2, 2015 deadline. Please consult the NEH Eligibility statement

Applications must include the following:

1. A completed NEH application cover sheet. (You will submit this cover sheet on-line directly to NEH.  Print a copy of your completed cover sheet and submit it with the rest of your application to the SUNY Cortland address below).

2. Resume or biographical statement detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience.

3. A one-page double spaced essay describing your interest in Forever Wild, special skills and experiences that would contribute to the workshop, and a description of how you expect this experience would enhance your teaching or school service.

4. A letter of recommendation from your school principal, department head, district administrator or home-schooling association president as appropriate.  Letters of recommendation should be included in your application packet. Please ask your referee to sign across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter.

One copy of your completed application (cover sheet, resume, essay, letter of reference) should be mailed to:


Kerri Freese

Bowers Hall

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY 13045

ATTN: NEH Forever Wild



Please contact Kerri Freese, project coordinator, at or 607-753-2913.



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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."


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program and website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.