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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Gorgeous Gorges of the Finger Lakes

Week 3: July 22-28, 2012

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Ithaca is one of the most fossil-rich places on Earth, and it's hardly possible to walk through the area's spectacular gorges without seeing evidence of our prehistoric past. Who better to guide our exploration of the region's geology than Warren Allmon, geologist, paleontologist, naturalist, director of Ithaca's Paleontological Research Institution and its spectacular Museum of the Earth, and professor in Cornell's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Back by popular demand, Warren will lead our investigation of the region's rocks, fossils, and past and current flora and fauna as we drink in the beauty of dramatic sites, many of them new to this course. Our field trips will average about three miles a day and require the ability to wade a stream and undertake modest climbing without difficulty. In comfortable shoes and appropriate dress, you'll be attired for wonder. Veterans and newcomers welcome.


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy $1,805, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy $1,867, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,085 (includes CAU evening events and the banquet but no other meals)

*If you stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, you will pay the hotel directly for your accommodations. Please call them at 607.266.0000 and request the CAU block.

NOTE: The Hilton is full for Week 4. Please see the Housing page for details about reserving a room at the Courtyard Marriott.

Commuter meal plan option: $350. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week.