2011 marks the 8th year that DFWI will host students for the Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond's First Year Experience program. The highly acclaimed program is designed to foster lasting inter-personal relationships among students that they can build upon during their academic programs at Rensselaer.
First Year Experience students foster inter-personal relationships through team-building and collaborative activities over a three day visit. Students plan their meals and all related tasks, participate in an outdoor astronomy exhibition, participate in an ongoing limnological pond study onBolton's Conservation Pond, and search for various botanical and fungal species during the Tongue Mountain scavenger hunt. Other free time activities include: visits to Bolton Landing, swimming in Northwest Bay, and making smores after dinner in the chiminea down on docks of the DFWI. In 2005, students were treated to a live demonstration of a timber rattlesnake by Dr. William Brown who has been working on a population study of timber rattle snakes at the DFWI for over 30 years.
Testimonials from past FYE students
"DFWI is the best overnight NRB program. I loved it!"
"This was one of the best times of my life. It got me pumped and excited for classes. It also helped me find a niche."