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Another Amazing Outdoor Odyssey Season

April 25, 2017 | Spring 2017 | Issue 4


In this issue:

BOCES Students Climb on!

Cornell Tree Climbing on PBS

Ithaca Trails Website

Improving Bike Repair Clinics with Rob

The Alternative Leadership Project


Truly some of our best work! COE and BOCES teamed up

In 2016, the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI) conducted an open funding solicitation for new research and innovative efforts across campus to identify new interdisciplinary partners throughout the Cornell University community. Aligned with the University’s “Radical Collaboration” initiative, YTI’s initiative targeted innovation in the world of work that can enhance employment outcomes for previously marginalized groups.

One of the awarded projects was, “Career Skills at Cornell with Leadership Skills at Cornell Outdoor Education:  Building confidence in high school students with developmental disabilities.” In this proposal, Cornell's Public Service Center teamed up with Cornell Outdoor Education to offer an educational experience for local Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES Smith School students on Cornell’s Lindseth Climbing Wall. The students spent five weeks with the Cornell Outdoor Education team on the Lindseth Wall and the lead Cornell University student on the project, Sarah Aiken (Human Ecology '18), stated that conquering the climbing wall gave many of the students a sense of accomplishment and can-do attitude that they are able to put forth into job interviews and their daily lives.


Cornell Tree Climbing collaborates for PBS Nature show on Yosemite

Cornell Tree Climbing was live on PBS March 29th with Joe Pontecorvo's new Nature episode "Yosemite." Take a look at the full episode link on the PBS website to see some footage of our own David Katz climbing a giant sequoia tree in California. Big thanks to Jared Claypoole and Robert Moore for helping during the production, and stay tuned for a web extra episode via YouTube that shows our seed cone project.

Watch the episode here


Ithaca Trails Website


Photo by Tom Reimers

Cornell Botanic Gardens and partner organizations have launched a new website designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find and take the perfect walk, hike, bike, ski, or even horseback ride. Out on the Trails at is a GPS-enabled, mobile-optimized site that maps all of the trails in Tompkins County, and invites users to search by the experience they seek. Criteria include distance, difficulty, scenic views, wildlife viewing, or picnicking, and also access directions to trailheads and information on parking

See the official press here


Improving Bike Repair Clinics with Rob


Is there a better feeling than riding along on a well-tuned bicycle? Program Coordinator, Rob Cook, doesn’t think so. Rob attended the Professional Bike Repair and Shop Operation class as the world renowned United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon this past February. He spent two weeks learning from some of the best in the business and covered everything from changing a flat tire to building a wheel and everything in between. Every aspect and component of the bike was covered down to the smallest detail and part. There were several goals in mind when Rob signed up for the class. One was to fill in the gaps in Rob’s bike mechanic knowledge which will help with the maintenance of the aging COE bike fleet. Our bikes are used as rentals in our Mountain Biking, Bike Touring and Cornell Adult University courses. The other is to be able to offer more professional level Bike Repair Clinics. While Rob has offered clinics in the past he can now offer more comprehensive clinics. There are lots of bike riders in the community, but the knowledge to take care of one’s own bike can be lacking. Rob believes that will a little knowledge people can keep their bikes rolling along in top shape.


The Alternative Leaders Project


The Cornell Team and Leadership Center is thrilled to be moving forward on an exciting collaboration opportunity with the Regional Alternative School (RAS). The program is being called the Alternative Leaders Project and will offer a great development opportunity for both the RAS students and Cornell University students involved. Cornell University students will work with RAS students as they navigate the obstacles of Cornell’s Hoffman Challenge Course.

Read more here.


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