Middlebury Outdoor Programs

Middlebury College sits between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks of New York in a remarkable setting for outdoor exploration and enjoyment.  Alpine cliffs, lakes and rivers, ski trails, sweeping views, and agricultural landscapes surround our campus, with massive Lake Champlain nearby. Embedded within the Office of Student Activities, Middlebury Outdoor Programs provide equipment, facilities, knowledge, skills and leadership to help our community explore the outdoors.  

We support the College’s Mission Statement:

Through a commitment to immersive learning, we prepare students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives, contribute to their communities, and address the world’s most challenging problems.
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Get Outdoors with a student club!

Middlebury Mountain Club

Freeheelers Telemark Club

MiddFly Flyfishing Club

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Midd Climbers

Or develop leadership and outdoor skills by leading orientation trips

  • MiddView Trips

  • FebTrips

Our professional staff works directly with student orgs and orientation leaders to develop skills, design trips, and support while in the field.  We provide decades of experience in wilderness travel, outdoor leadership, technical pursuits, and emergency medicine to actively support the outdoor community at Middlebury.

Goals and Beliefs

Wilderness provides us with the opportunity to be engaged; developing skills, practicing leadership, and strengthening our community through support and inclusion.  Our programs promote responsible stewardship of our environment and each other while encountering the risks, challenges, beauty and pleasure of time spent outdoors.

  • develop outdoor skills, risk management, and leadership through training, mentorship, and practice.
  • Promote environmental stewardship through direct experience in the natural world.
  • Provide small group experiences in which participants experience supportive community, inclusion, open communication, and teamwork.
  • We believe exploring wilderness and the outdoors teaches responsibility and stewardship for one's self,  their community, and our shared environment.
  • We believe that thoughtfully designed outdoor experiences provide the opportunity to learn, reflect, and practice leadership skills
Facilities
  • Gear Room – 2000’ sq gear room that provides free use of camping equipment

  • Climbing Wall – 50 X 120’ ft Entreprise wall, open daily in Nelson Fieldhouse

  • Bike Shop – shared tools, space, and experienced staff to help with your bike needs

  • Burgin Lodge – A rustic cabin for 12 on the nordic trails of Breadloaf

More adventure is found at The Snowbowl Ski Area, Rikert Nordic Center , and the Knoll Organic Farm!

Trainings and Trips 
MOP offers courses, trips and expeditions in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Canoeing and kayaking, rock and ice climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, and winter camping are among the courses we offer.

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Wilderness First Aid Courses
Wilderness First Aid skills are essential knowledge for all outdoor leaders, as well as those interested in personal adventures. MOP sponsors both Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses taught by SOLO.

 

 

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Orientation Trips

We welcome first-years to their new home here in Vermont with trips embedded into September and February Orientation. In small groups, led by trained current studentsleaders, they venture into the mountains lakes and rivers surrounding campus.  September MiddView Trips are multiday and FebTrips are single day winter adventures on ski or snowshoe.  These outdoor excursions provide wonderful opportunities to meet other Midd students and learn about campus to support the transition to life here at Middlebury.

 

 

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Expeditions
MOP periodically offers trips venturing beyond our typical programming areas in New England and New York. These trips typically occur during the various recesses in our academic calendar.  Past favorites include Backcountry skiing in the Gaspe region of Quebec and climbing expeditions to Red Rock and Joshua Tree National Park.

 

 

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 Outdoor Excursions

Aimed at building community within the Commons, and providing healthy and invigorating recreational opportunities, these day-long adventures help small groups our natural surroundings.

Faculty Support
We provide support to faculty interested in integrating outdoor experiences into their curriculum. MOP will help to plan logistics, choose sites, and coordinate outdoor leaders.

Questions about MOP? Contact

Doug Connelly, M.S.
Director of Outdoor Programs
McCullough Student Center
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3105

mop@middlebury.edu