Cook Forest Cabin Retreat

Challenge Level: light

The cabins at Cook Forest are located about three hours west of Bucknell’s campus in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Known for its stands of old-growth forest, the state park features towering white pines and hemlocks and a scenic 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River, and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. The cabins are right along the water and come furnished with beds with mattresses, heat, refrigerator, stove, table and chairs. This is an excellent trip option for those who love the outdoors, but might not be as interested in sleeping there.

How to Prepare

This trip requires minimal experience in the outdoors and is a great option for most abilities. Participants can expect opportunities for hiking and water-based activities.

Expedition Itinerary

The experience below is only an example. Trips are subject to change based on weather, local conditions and other circumstances.

Day 1

7-11:30 a.m. Move into your residence hall. Breakfast and lunch on your own.

12:15 p.m. In a duffel bag, bring your equipment from the packing list to a storage area.

12:30 p.m. Meet with the associate dean, the director of Outdoor Education & Leadership, and BuckWild student trip leaders in the Weis Center.

1:30 p.m. Family goodbyes.

1:45 p.m. Report to the Academic Quad to meet with your BuckWild student trip leaders.

2 p.m. Families meet with the president, provost and dean of students in the Weis Center.

2:30 p.m. Families depart campus or attend a social hour in the Weis Center lobby until 3:30 p.m.

Day 2

Wake up, pack up equipment and depart campus! Enjoy fun daily activities prepared by BuckWild student trip leaders.

Day 3

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild leaders including hiking, games and sightseeing.

Day 4

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Enjoy fun activities prepared by BuckWild leaders including hiking, games and sightseeing.

Day 5

Wake up, break down camp, enjoy morning activities before departing for campus. Unpack from trip. Meet with your BuckWild leaders and enjoy a celebratory dinner with all BuckWild participants. Go back to your residence hall to shower and sleep.

Day 6

Breakfast 8:15 a.m. in Larison Dining Hall. Your BuckWild trip leaders will talk about the New Student Orientation schedule and you’ll watch a slideshow displaying each of the BuckWild trip experiences. New Student Orientation begins just before lunch.

Contact Details

Outdoor Education & Leadership


Tustin Hall, Room 151