sustainable spring break

Program Dates: March 5 – 12, 2022
Cost: $250
Application Deadline: December 20, 2021

Be a part of Tenderfoot’s inaugural Sustainable Spring Break! Experience a lifestyle that is likely very different from your own and learn useful life skills, without the high cost and COVID-related complications of a traditional study away program.  With the guidance and expertise of our live-in staff, participants manage a garden, cook for each other, and work on green building and maintenance projects.  Students also take classes that explore how sustainability is relevant to their own academic majors, professions, and communities.  


(All times are in Eastern.)
Saturday, March 5
9 am – 12 pm: Move-In
12:30 pm: Welcome Lunch
2 pm – 5 pm: Orientation & Tour
5 pm – 7 pm: Dinner
Sunday – Friday, March 6 – 11
8 am: Breakfast
9 am – 12 pm: Crew Rotations*
12 pm – 2pm: Lunch & Break
2 pm – 5 pm: Sustainable Living Class (experiential & classroom activities)
5 pm – 7 pm: Dinner & Break
7 pm – : Reflection, Recreation, & Relaxation
Saturday, March 12
10 am: Brunch
11:30 am: Wrap-up Reflection & Awards Session
12:30 – 4 pm: Optional Recreation & Relaxation – Check out by 4 pm.

*There are 3 work crews: Garden, Kitchen, & Infrastructure. Everyone will rotate through all three over the course of the week. The Garden Team will tend the veggie beds, the Kitchen Team will prepare lunch and dinner, and the Infrastructure Team will work on building and/or maintenance projects.

Packing List

What to Bring

  • Medications or special food items you require
  • Clothing for 7 days plus a few extras in case of wet or cold
  • Closed-toed shoes suited to the outdoors
  • Rain coat if you have one (We’ll be outside rain or shine as long as it’s not storming.)
  • Toiletries
  • Electricity-free fun: puzzles, card games, board games, books, musical instruments

What to Leave at Home

  • Bedding & towels – We have these to spare thanks to our awesome donors.
  • Coronavirus – Participants are required to have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks at time of arrival. Social distancing will be impossible given the residential nature of this program.

Living Conditions

  • Living at Tenderfoot is like summer camp for adults, with a full house instead of bunk houses or tents. Three student rooms are located on the ground floor, one quad and two doubles.
  • There are 2 bathrooms in the house, one on ground level, the other upstairs where the kitchen and living areas are also located. Unfortunately, Tenderfoot is not yet wheelchair accessible.
  • There’s a pond for fishing, swimming, and kayaking (two boats available, and a floating dock built by past students.).
  • Tenderfoot is part of a 3-mile trail system that criss-crosses our land and neighboring properties.
  • Technology: We don’t have great cell service but we have strong internet. Verizon service isn’t bad, and if you walk to the top of the driveway, it’s downright good. We do not have cable TV.
  • Romeo is our resident cat.  Those with cat allergies please be aware.

Included in Program Fee

  • All meals (lunch on March 5 through brunch on March 12)
  • Lodging
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • All materials needed for work crews and experiential learning activities

Questions? Email us at Excited and ready to sign up? Apply here!