PE Courses

Sign up now for Fall 2015 PE courses!  All COE classes are open to the public.  Most classes don't require any previous expereince.  Please review our enrollment and fee policies.  You can click on the courses below for dates, times, and fees. To sign up call our registrar at (607) 255-6183 or email akw2@cornell.edu, or find us on student center during the enrollment period. 

 

BACKPACKING AND CAMPING |  BIKING |  CAVING |  HIKING |  PADDLING
PERSONAL GROWTH |  ROCK CLIMBING |  TRAIL RUNNING |  TREE CLIMBING |  WILDERNESS FIRST AID |  SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

 

BACKPACKING AND CAMPING

Backcountry Cooking Start Date - Wed Sep 16
Tired of only eating Ramen on trips?  Do you wonder about the difference between powdered cheese and real cheese?  Ever wanted to learn how to make true gourmet food in the field?  This class will introduce students to gourmet skills that can be used in the backcountry including dutch ovens and twiggy fires.  Students must attend all scheduled classes to receive credit for this course.  If student center generates an error for you, email akw2@cornell.edu to sign up!
Backcountry Photography - Fall Break Start Date - Sun Sep 27
Enjoy being outdoors in the Fingerlakes in this introduction to backcountry photography course.  Students will camp out and enjoy the beauty of this region.  No backpacking or photography experience necessary.  Participants do need to have their own camera (preferably with the camera manual). This class will teach you some of the basics, including the rule of thirds, and how to utilize your exposure time to maximize your photographs.  Fall semester class heads to the Adirondacks to maximize opportunities to get pictures of the fall colors.  

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes

**FREE**

Start Dates: Section 1 - Sat Sep 5, Section 2 - Sun Sep 6, Section 3 - Sat Sep 19
Escape from campus to explore the glens, gorges, wooded hills, waterfalls, vistas and trails of the finger- lakes region. Learn basic outdoor living skills, including hiking, navigation, equipment selection and use, camping, backcountry cooking, and safety. COE requires that students attend the first class meeting of their course because of the critical logistics, policy, liability, and safety information that will be covered. If you do not show up for the first class you lose your right to retain your spot on the roster, and we may enroll another student in your place. Students must attend all scheduled classes to receive credit for this course.
Fall Break Backpacking Trip Start Date - Sat Sep 26
Enjoy your Fall Break in the beautiful natural surroundings of Ithaca. No prior experience is necessary. Students will learn some basic Backpacking skills as they spend Fall Break in the beautiful natural areas in and around Ithaca.
Outdoor Adventure Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.
Wilderness Survival Skills Start Date - Sun Sep 13
Learn what you can do, should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. This course covers general backcountry safety, and wilderness survival skills.

 

BIKING

Bike Touring Start Date - Tue Sep 1
Take your bicycle riding to the next level and come learn the ins and outs of bike touring! The course will take you on weekly rides to develop your knowledge of bike safety, road riding and route planning and will culminate in an overnight trip.
Mountain Biking Start Dates:  Section 1 - Wed Sep 2, Section 2 - Thu Sep 3
Cruise along double and single track trails, grind up hills, splash through creek crossing, pause at scenic vistas and explore the local trails in style. Along the way we'll cover essential cycling skills for clearing logs, navigating downhill terrain, climbing hills and getting the most out of your mountain bike.

 

 

CAVING

Caving Start Dates: Section 1 - Sun Sep 6,Section 2 - Mon Sep 14
The most exciting and unknown terrestrial frontier lies deep inside cave systems! Expand your horizons to include the netherworld. Learn cave geology, map reading skills, rope systems, cave safety, environmental concerns, and hone teamwork and communication skills in this introductory class. Expect to be challenged and inspired as you explore caves in Central Pennsylvania and Eastern NY. You can expect to crawl and get dirty in these wild, beautiful caves.  One weekend outing includes car camping.  Attendance Policy - You must attend all sessions to get PE credit for this class.  The caving equipment list is available online.

 

HIKING

Day Hiking Start Dates: Section 1 - Fri Sep 18, Section 2 - Sat Sep 5
Day hiking classes provide students with an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural areas around Ithaca. Learn some basic navigation and hiking skills while you make new friends.
Day Hiking - Gorgeous Gorges Start Date - Sat Sep 26
This class gets students off of campus to enjoy some of the beautiful state and national parks in the Ithaca area. Enjoy scenic waterfalls and geological formations, don't forget to bring your camera and your sense of adventure.
Geocaching Start Date - Sun Oct 18
This class will introduce students to Geocaching, no experience is necessary. Students should come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class length.
Outdoor Adventure Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

 

 

PADDLING

1,000 Islands Sea Kayaking - Fall Break Start Date - Tue Sep 22
Journey to a place of unique beauty just three hours north of Ithaca. A different country (Canada) and a different world, one that is perfect to explore from the cockpit of a sea kayak. Rich wildlife, granite cliffs and hundreds of rocky and forested islands, all after the hordes of summer tourists have departed. We start with basics in the Helen Newman Pool before moving on a lake and finally the St. Lawrence Seaway. Learn paddling, navigation, safety, natural history, and camping skills.
Adirondack Canoe Camping Start Dates:  Section 1 - Sat Sep 26, Section 2 - Sun Sep 27
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first-hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.
Intro to Sea Kayaking Start Date - Tue Sep 8
Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class covers information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Practice skills in the pool, spend a day paddling out on the lake and experience a weekend camping trip.
Kayak Rolling Start Date - Thu Nov 5
Kayaking can be alot more fun when you can easily turn your boat upright. Gaining confidence in your roll will make you a better paddler and give you an edge when taking your skills outdoors. Take advantage of this indoor-pool setting to learn, and/or fine-tune, kayak rolling techniques. Whether you are more interested in whitewater kayaking or sea kayaking; if you are a brand new paddler or you are just looking to take your skills to the next level, our instructors will work with you to ultimately make you a more skilled and confident boater. This three-evening class is designed to help progress your skills by working on bracing, edge control, different types of rolling, and more advanced skills . Not for PE credit.
Outdoor Adventure Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Pool Paddling

**FREE**

Start Date - Tue Oct 6
Learn the fundamentals of kayaking in the controlled environment of the pool. This class will give you a solid progression of skills that will be easily transferable to an open water or river experience. Learn and practice a wide range of skills in whitewater kayaks including fundamental paddling strokes, bracing, rolling and boat handling skills like edging and carving. Paddling games, a slalom gate course, and focused exercises will provide a fun and interactive group learning experience.
Recreational Canoeing Start Dates: Section 1 - Tue Sep 8, Section 2 - Wed Sep 9
This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of canoeing in a relaxed environment. Enjoy being outside for class as you explore Beebe Lake and other Finger Lakes area waterways. Meet new friends, learn new skills, and experience nature all while you keep active.
Stand Up Paddle boarding Start Dates: Section 1 - Fri Sep 11, Section 1 - Wed Sep 9
Try paddling standing up! We are excited to show you how much fun you can have on stand up paddleboards. Experience Cayuga Lake from a new vantage point. Stay active and engage your whole body. Learn something fun in a small group setting. Our instructors will teach you all the basics including: stance, paddling technique, turning, and more. No previous paddling experience is necessary but you must be a comfortable recreational swimmer to take this course.
Whitewater Kayaking Start Date - Thu Sep 3
This is an introduction to whitewater kayaking including classes to get you comfortable in a kayak in the pool and progressing to class II / III whitewater. Learn basic boat handling skills such as edging, bracing, rolling, and paddle strokes. Kayaking on the river will give you the opportunity to learn how to read the water and practice maneuvering across current with ferries, eddy turns, and peel outs. River destinations will be dependent on river levels. This class culminates in a weekend camping trip with two days of paddling.

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

Outdoor Tai Chi Start Date - Thu Sep 3
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in learning Tai Chi? This class, an introduction to Tai chi will combine both of these elements. The class will occur on locations in and around campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.
Outdoor Yoga Start Date - Mon Sep 14
Enjoy the outdoors? Interested in Yoga? This class an introduction to Yoga combines Yoga and the Outdoors. Classes will be held at various locations on and off campus, transportation is provided with the class. No previous experience necessary.
Circus Class Start Date - Mon Sep 7
Come join the circus!!!!  Take a class that will teach you the skills that you could use to join the circus.  This class, an introduction to basic circus skills will teach students the basics of juggling, manipulation of props (Flower sticks, Diablo, Hula hoop, Plates, Balancing) basic tumbling and flexibility and coordination.  No prior experience is needed.

 

ROCK CLIMBING

Basic Rock Climbing Many Sections
Our Basic Rock Climbing course requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. We will introduce you to rock climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, rappelling, safety, and various climbing techniques. Classes have at least a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio, ensuring a high degree of individual attention. Graduates of the class will be certified to belay at the Lindseth Climbing Wall.
High Adventure Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Rock climbing, rappelling, traversing a gorge on rope, tree climbing, a ride on a 400 foot long zipline - every session has a new adventure for you. Activities are designed to teach you rope work and safety in addition to teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. This multiple-element course goes to Ithaca’s most popular vertical playgrounds: the Lindseth Climbing Wall and the Hoffman Challenge Course. 
Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Start Dates: Section 1 - Mon Sep 14, Section 2 - Mon Sep 21
Learn basic rock climbing skills on real rock! We’ll spend a glorious weekend climbing, camping, and relaxing at Minnewaska State Park in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. We will cover climbing equipment and technique, knots, belaying, rappelling, and natural history. As always, an instructor- to-student ratio of 1:4 ensures lots of personal attention and climbing time. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Outdoor Adventure Start Date - Fri Sep 4
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Participants will spend a day canoeing, a day rock climbing, a day hiking trip, and then top it all off with an overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.
Outdoor Rock Climbing - Fall Break Start Date - Sun Sep 27
Learn basic rock climbing skills on real rock! We’ll spend four days during the peak of fall foliage climbing, camping, and relaxing in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. We will cover climbing equipment and technique, knots, belaying, rappelling, and natural history. As always, an instructor- to-student ratio of 1:4 ensures lots of personal attention and climbing time. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Performance Rock Climbing Start Date - Wed Sep 23
Performance Rock Climbing focuses on developing and refining your climbing technique. Our most accomplished staff will teach you about sequencing, dynamic movement, high angle footwork and composure, as well as training and mental conditioning. Classes are held on the Lindseth and Kay2 Climbing Walls.
Shawanagunks Rock Climbing - Fall Break Start Date - Sun Oct 4
Enjoy world-class rock climbing at one of the premier areas in the US, the Shawangunks! After an introductory class at the Lindseth Climbing Wall, we will travel to the 'Gunks for a 4-day rock camp that will teach you the skills to do multi-pitch climbs. A student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1 ensures individual attention and plenty of climbing for all. Prerequisites: Basic Rock Climbing or equivalent experience Belay certification.
Wellness Rock Climbing Start Date - Tue Sep 15
Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced rock climber, why not spend your lunch break on the climbing wall? If you have ever wanted to try rock climbing, Cornell is the place to begin! Our Wellness Rock Climbing course requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.
Women’s Basic Rock Climbing Start Date - Sun Sep 13
Join us to explore the adventure and excitement of rock climbing in a close and supportive community. Whether it is to develop grace and coordination, to reach a deeper sense of personal achievement, to learn technical skills, or to share in a challenging activity, rock climbing is a dynamic sport that is drawing ever-increasing numbers of women. This class is open to all women and is similar to Basic Rock Climbing in all other respects.

 

 

TRAIL RUNNING

Trail Running Start Dates: Sectrion 1- Tue Sep 8, Section 2 -Wed Sep 9, Section 3 - Fri Sep 11
This class will get you out on the spectacular local trails, provide training tips, teach you how to navigate in the woods, and run you over hill and dale, through forests, fields, and mudpits.

 

TREE CLIMBING

Tree Climbing Start Dates: Section 1 - Fri Sep 11,Section 2 - Sat Sep 12, Section 3 - Sun Sep 13
Everyone likes to climb trees, but what do you do if you can't reach the first branch? Learn to use ropes and harnesses to climb big trees! All instruction, equipment, and transportation is included in the course fee.

 

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Wilderness First Aid   Start Dates: Section 1 - Sat Oct 17, Section 2 - Sun Oct 18
Essential first and second aid with an empahsis on backcountry and wilderness issues. Includes WFA, Standard First Aid, and CPR certificate of course completion.
Wilderness First Responder - Winter Break Start Date - Thu Dec 3
This nationally recognized course provides the training and certification that is increasingly necessary for professional outdoor instructors or guides. The curriculum goes beyond the basics to emphasize the skills and knowledge needed in remote situations when extended care is necessary. This 8-day course covers assessment and treatment for a variety of medical problems commonly found in the backcountry, ranging from minor injuries and illnesses to major trauma and life threatening sickness. 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

Basic Rock Climbing

Start Date - Tue Jun 30

If you have ever wanted to try rock climbing, Cornell is the place to begin! Our Basic Rock Climbing course requires NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. We will introduce you to rock climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, rappelling, safety, and various climbing techniques. Classes have at least a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio, ensuring a high degree of individual attention. Graduates of the class will be certified to belay at the Lindseth Climbing Wall. Additional Fee is wavied for summer school students taking the course for PE credit. To register, call 607-255-6183.

 

Kids Summer Camp Tree Climbing - Afternoon Session

Start Date - Mon Jun 29  to Thurs Jul 2  

Fee:$175

Everyone likes to climb trees, but kids love it. Recall the excitement and sense of adventure when you first crawled into the branches to look inside a bird's nest. Then you swung from limb to limb without a thought of ropes and harnesses. But what about that big tree down the street you always wanted to climb, but couldn't reach the first branch? This course will teach your child how to use ropes and technical climbing gear to safely reach the top of any tree, to move around, and even to climb from tree to tree without returning to the ground. Instruction will be provided by senior members of the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute. All equipment is included in the course fee. For kids ages 8-16. Call 607-255-6183 to register.

 

Kids Summer Camp Tree Climbing - Morning Session

Start Date - Mon Jun 29 to Thurs Jul 2

​Fee:$175

Everyone likes to climb trees, but kids love it. Recall the excitement and sense of adventure when you first crawled into the branches to look inside a bird's nest. Then you swung from limb to limb without a thought of ropes and harnesses. But what about that big tree down the street you always wanted to climb, but couldn't reach the first branch? This course will teach your child how to use ropes and technical climbing gear to safely reach the top of any tree, to move around, and even to climb from tree to tree without returning to the ground. Instruction will be provided by senior members of the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute. All equipment is included in the course fee. For kids ages 8-16. Call 607-255-6183 to register.

 

Intro to Sea Kayaking

Start Date - Mon Jun 22

Learn the basics to get you started with sea kayaking out on the lake. This class will cover information about equipment, loading, launching & landing your kayak, exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water, and basic paddling stroke technique. Class meets at Bartels Hall for equipment fitting and travels to the nearby Finger Lakes for paddling trips. No previous paddling experience necessary.

 

Stand Up Paddle boarding

Start Date - Mon Jul 27

Try paddling standing up. We are excited to show you how much fun you can have on stand up paddleboards. Experience Cayuga Lake from a new vantage point. Stay active and engage your whole body. Learn something fun in a small group setting. Our instructors will teach you all the basics including: stance, paddling technique, turning, and more. No previous paddling experience is necessary but you must be a comfortable recreational swimmer to take this course.