Tenderfoot Test Run

We’re looking for a select group of people to spend an extended Labor Day Weekend with us as we test out our residential curriculum. Ideally, our Test Run participants will come from diverse places – urban, suburban, and rural – and have varying degrees of knowledge about sustainability. Most importantly, we need people who will come with an open mind and give us honest feedback about the Tenderfoot experience. Check out the details below to better understand what’s involved. This is more like summer camp than vacation, and we ask that participants fully participate in all planned activities. If this sounds like a worthwhile trade-off for a free weekend away with locally-sourced meals included, request a spot at the bottom of this page.

The Fine Print: We have limited space and bed configurations that require mindful room assignments, so when you submit a request below to participate, you are not reserving a spot. We’ll reply to let you know if there’s still space available and what your rooming options are. If you’re still interested, you can reserve your spot by paying a $25 refundable registration deposit. Your deposit can be refunded at check-out or you can choose to donate it. Must be 18 to participate.

Schedule: September 2 – 6, 2021

(All times are in Eastern Time.)
4 pm: Check-in begins.
6 pm: Dinner (optional)
7:30 pm: Orientation

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
8 am: Breakfast
9 am – 12 pm: Work Team 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

10 am: Brunch
11:30 am: Wrap-up Reflection & Feedback Session
12:30 – 4 pm: Optional Recreation & Relaxation – Check out by 4 pm.

*There are 3 work teams: Garden, Kitchen, & Infrastructure. Everyone will rotate through all three over the course of the Test Run. 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 5 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

  • There are 3 ground-level bedrooms available with a mix of twin, bunked, and full beds. We’ll make room assignments once we know more about who’s coming, but there’s a good chance you’ll have a roommate. 
  • 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 provided and a floating dock built by students!).
  • There’s a trail system around the property and on neighboring properties that we have access to, but we’re in the foothills of the Appalachians – it’s hilly!
  • 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.

Questions? Email us at tenderfootlearninglab@gmail.com. Excited and ready to sign up? Request your spot below!