Events, Programs & Classes

The Pine Lake Environmental Campus offers classes, workshops and extended courses for Hartwick students and the public.

Activities at the Environmental Campus include hosting internationally and regionally respected artists, scientists, musicians, performers, and others with an interest in sharing their passion.

Programs include: personal wellness, guided natural history walks of the Environmental Campus; musical workshops; writing and poetry workshops; regional history workshops; and of course workshops on sustainability.

Artists and teachers perform in the Vaudevillian or Strawbale House and on our new outdoor stage.

We frequently see local school teachers at the property sharing their love of Pine Lake with Oneonta’s children through our Partnership Program and this year look forward to working with the new Oneonta Teen Center!

If you are interested in conducting a workshop or program at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, please contact Erin Toal at 607-431-4547 or


Every year, Hartwick College classes come to Pine Lake — for an afternoon, a week, a month, or even an entire semester. Whether in the arts, the sciences, or the humanities, they all take advantage of the special environment that only Pine Lake can offer.

Some classes which have visited or met at Pine Lake include:

Anthropology: Field School in Archaeology

Art & Art History: Color and Composition, Three Dimensional Design, Creating Interdisciplinary Performance, Ecocriticism

Biology: Ecology, Ecology and the Environment, Ornithology, Limnology, Principles of Biology, Winter Ecology

English: Creative Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Journal Writing, Chaucer, Old English

History: Women in History, Changes in the Land

Languages: Spanish Language Intensive

Music: Musical Theater

Religious Studies: Architecture of the Sacred, The World of North Indian Devotional Music

Theatre Arts: Movement and Metaphor, Creating Interdisciplinary Performance

Archaeology Field School

The Anthropology Department offers a summer course (ANTH 421 Field Research in Archaeology) in archaeological excavation methods at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus. The month-long course teaches students excavation techniques as well as laboratory skills such as artifact cataloging, artifact analysis, soil identification, mapping, and drawing.

Students excavate in the field five days a week, and work in the laboratory four nights a week processing the objects they have discovered. The field school qualifies students for jobs in federally funded contract archaeology projects.

Excavations take place at the Pine Lake site every other year. The site is located on the flood plain of Charlotte Creek. A Late Archaic camp of the Lamoka culture dating about 3000-1500 BC has been found. Lamoka and Susquehanna Broadspear projectile points, fragments of steatite bowls, and stone lined fire hearths were found. The Pine Lake field school is a joint project between Hartwick College and SUNY-Oneonta.

Instructor permission is required before registering. To secure instructor permission, contact Professor Klink at

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