As an incoming first-year or transfer student, you have an opportunity to begin your SUNY Cortland experience by joining a small group of your peers on a fun and adventurous trip to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains the week before classes start in the fall. Whether you start your college career in the fall or the spring, there's an opportunity for you to attend the Adirondack Trail Blazers Program in August. After dropping off your belongings in your residence hall room or apartment and saying goodbye to your loved ones, you’ll head to our outdoor education facilities at Raquette Lake owned by SUNY Cortland. Your life as a Red Dragon begins here.
The next day, you’ll awake to a spectacular view of the surrounding lake to begin your journey by foot and canoe into the magnificent backcountry of the Adirondack Park. Led by experienced instructors, you and your group of new friends will hike, paddle, and camp in the Adirondack Park, while sharing stories around the campfire and learning what college life will soon be like.
There is no better way to prepare for the challenge and excitement of college than by joining Adirondack Trail Blazers. At the completion of the trip, you’ll return to Cortland’s main campus with a sense of confidence, and eager anticipation to join in with the welcome weekend activities with many new friends.