The Pine Lake Institute offers classes, workshops and extended courses for Hartwick students and the public. These programs take place at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus and our main campus in Oneonta.
Programs include: personal wellness, Walk & Bike to Work, Campus Beautification Day, guided natural history walks; musical workshops; writing and poetry workshops; regional history workshops; and of course workshops and events about sustainability like our popular Recyclemania Program.
Artists and teachers perform in the Vaudevillian, Strawbale House, or on our outdoor stage and in the Anderson Center for the Arts.
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!
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 Cynthia.Klink@oneonta.edu.
Hartwick College and the Oneonta City School District have formed a partnership which enables members of each community to learn and work collaboratively at the Environmental Campus.
The partnership is consistent with the key principles of environmental education and disseminates information and ideas that enable educators and students to explore the environment, investigate current related issues, and create environmental stewardship in an interdisciplinary style.
Hartwick’s Environmental Campus used as a “classroom without walls” for Oneonta sixth graders. With their teacher, during the fall, students complete a science unit on environmental factors; this includes making instruments to measure humidity (sling psychrometers), using anemometers, and determining how the wind has an effect on its environment. Students learn how to identify trees and the history of Pine Lake.
In January, the students learn about survival, hike around the lake, look for tracks in the snow, and for a fun activity go sledding. In June, students study pond life and go canoeing.