Residential Experiences

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Are you looking to learn more about sustainability, spend more time in nature, or take a break from technology?
As a participant in our overnight programs, you’ll develop new skills, build new friendships, and explore how sustainability is relevant to your daily life: your profession, community, and academic studies.

Students and guests consistently tell us that Tenderfoot feels like a retreat, that they feel rejuvenated after being here and hope they can keep their newfound clarity when they return home. It comes from a combination of time outdoors, time spent using our hands to create things, nourishing food, less screen time, and purposeful downtime.  Keep reading to explore our current residential offerings.

Summer Interns-in-Residence Program: These 4-week residencies are for undergraduate and graduate students to build skills related to their intended careers while living at Tenderfoot and contributing to mission-critical projects.

Eco Retreats: Open to the general public, Eco Retreats are a way for adults to get a taste of the Tenderfoot experience. Great for working professionals and parents who can get away for a long weekend.

Spring Break Experience: The flagship Tenderfoot experience, this week-long opportunity is for college students of all majors. Students spend mornings on a crew rotation, serving on kitchen, garden, and infrastructure crews. Afternoons are spent in group discussions and working on individual projects to build sustainable habits and skills.

Custom programs are also available! We’ve developed sustainability education programs in collaboration with Marietta College, Wells College, and Ohio University’s College of Business. We’d welcome the opportunity to host your students, staff retreat, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop, or family volunteer vacation. If you represent an institution interested in providing this experience to your students, please visit our Partners page for more information.

*Tenderfoot Learning Lab is not a credit-granting institution.  For students seeking college credit, we work with your home institution in advance of your arrival to determine how your sustainable spring break/summer residency will be credited.