Explore Sustainability in the Finger Lakes

The GREEN Tour (Gardening, Recycling, Eating, Enjoying Nature) is an opportunity for first-year students to learn about sustainability and to connect to one another and to the Ithaca community by exploring local food traditions.

On the first full day of the GREEN Tour, the group will travel by bus to see several farms, parks, and historical sites that are unique to the Cayuga Lake region of the Finger Lakes. A hike in the Taughannock Falls gorge and dinner at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market are also first day highlights. On day two, we will focus on what is available on campus via the Ithaca College Natural Lands as well as explore the water’s of Cayuga lake via kayak or boat.

Leaders will help students connect both on campus and in the community by helping them reflect on their experiences while on the GREEN Tour. The GREEN Tour will help first-year students learn about being a part of a connected community and understand the impact they have on the local, regional, and global levels.

GREEN Tour participants have the chance to:

  • Observe and participate in Ithaca’s local, sustainable community
  • Discuss their connection and impact on the community
  • Visit area attractions such as local gorges and the Farmers' Market

“[The GREEN Tour] was a great experience where I got to learn about local agriculture and explore Ithaca. It showed me how I could better help the environment, and it helped me adjust to college life before other students arrived. I even met my best friend there!”


For more information, please contact Courtney Owens, assistant director of leadership programs.