Operating dates: Mid-June through mid-September
Kirby Camp at William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education consists of a single cabin with unique architecture. Built in the late 1880s, the camp has had little settling and is structurally sound.
Sitting on the front porch surrounded by woodlands, the cabin overlooks the south bay of Raquette Lake with peaceful solitude. The camp boasts vertical log construction around the first floor and finishes the second story with horizontal logs peaked to the roof.
The interior walls of the cabin are knotty pine boards finished with a beautiful shine and luster. Each room has doors leading to the outside.
For many years Kirby Camp was rented to college faculty and staff. Newspapers from 1976 were the only remnants of its last guests. Sometime thereafter the cabin was boarded up and left unused.
Due to the lack of money and staff, the cabin fell into disrepair. In early 2002, donors were identified who wanted to see the cabin repaired and used again. In the summer of 2003, Kirby camp was re-opened after a full year of renovation and cleaning.
The Kirby Camp is rented on a weekly basis to alumni, faculty and staff of the university. The camp is available from mid-June through mid-September. If you are interested in staying at Kirby Camp, contact the W.H. Parks Family Environmental and Outdoor Education Center at 607-753-5488.