MiddView Trips

Below is a list of all the different MiddView Trips that First Year Students can choose from. Click on the trip titles below to learn about each trip, including the different themes, sleeping arrangements and bathroom facilities available.

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Access to Affordable Housing: Community Engagement

On this trip participants will volunteer in activities to support affordable housing and homelessness alleviation in Addison and Chittenden Counties. This group will engage in various projects including a Habitat for Humanity build (weather permitting) and hands-on service work with organizations such as the John Graham Shelter or Middlebury Foods. You will be lodged overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided).

Acoustic Music Jam: Vermont Exploration

Relax and rejuvenate after your busy orientation week by spending time doing what you love: making music! Acoustic Music Jam participants kick back, explore each others’ musical strengths, and put together a short and sweet, one-to-three song performance. You’ll have one or more opportunities to perform in different venues, developing group cohesiveness as you go. Some places you might perform include: at the local Farmers Market Saturday morning, at an evening talent show for other groups staying at Bread Loaf, and then for all the other trip participants as they trickle back to campus for gear de-issue. Be sure to bring along your instrument and/or singing voice! Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

 

Vermont Explorations - The Art Experience

Adventure Sampler: Outdoor Exploration

Can’t make up your mind among the other trips? This trip will involve a combination of hiking and rock climbing.  Your evenings will be spent at a campground with easy access to these activities. Participants on this trip will sleep outside in lean-tos or tents, and will use rustic restroom facilities at a local state park.

 

Animal Advocacy and Rehabilitation: Community Engagement

This trip offers a great introduction to animal wellness and advocacy. You will spend time at humane societies and animal sanctuaries across Vermont, connecting with animals and helping with on-site maintenance projects. You will be staying overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided).

Backpacking Challenging: Outdoor Exploration

MiddView Backpacking Trips will explore the Vermont's Long Trail (the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail!) or the vast Adirondack Mountains of New York. Challenging Backpacking Trips average 9–12 miles/day (sometimes more!) and are physically demanding. Due to the mileage, expect to wake up early and hike all day long, often over steep and challenging terrain.  Depending on the location of the trip, students on backpacking trips sleep outside in tents, lean-to's, or tarps. Participants on this trip will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully. Prior backpacking experience and good physical conditioning are STRONGLY recommended for challenging backpacking trips.

 

Backpacking Easy: Outdoor Exploration

MiddView Backpacking trips will explore Vermont's Long Trail (the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail!) or the Adirondack Mountains of New York.  Easy trips average approximately 3–6 miles/day. Though easier than others, plan to work hard, sweat and get dirty on these trips as you climb mountains.  Easy trips are suitable for anyone in reasonable physical condition and interested in giving backpacking a try. Depending on the location of the trip, students on backpacking trips sleep outside in tents, lean-to's, or tarps.  Participants on this trip will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully. 

Backpacking Moderate: Outdoor Exploration

Moderate Backpacking trips will explore the Vermont's Long Trail (the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail!) or the Adirondack Mountains of New York.  Moderate trips average approximately 6–10 miles/day, over steep and challenging terrain. Depending on the location of the trip, students on backpacking trips sleep outside in tents, lean-to's, or tarps.   Participants on this trip will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully. Moderate trips are best suited to those with some backpacking experience, or new backpackers in good physical condition looking for a bit more challenge.

 

Bikes: Vermont Exploration

So you’re bringing your bike to campus. Now what?! This laid-back trip focuses on the love of biking - not specifically on mountain biking, or on road biking, but on the general enjoyment of getting around on two wheels. Enjoy sweet, relatively smooth rides on nearby dirt and paved bike paths while you learn about Vermont’s bike culture, our growing Rail Trail system, and our many local bike resources including Middlebury College’s Bike Shop - where you can learn how to do simple repairs. You may also have a chance to volunteer at the Kelly Brush Ride! Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds. Participants will be required to bring their own bike helmet to participate on this trip.

 

Bridging the Health Gap: Community Engagement

In Vermont, like the U.S. as a whole, there continues to be a disparity in the health outcomes and access to quality healthcare between different populations. Dive into this issue by spending time with local non-profits that tackle different aspects of the health gap. You may volunteer with organizations such as the Open Door Clinic, Vermont Cares, or Special Olympics of Addison County. You will learn about the health needs in the county surrounding Middlebury College and also engage in hands-on volunteer work. You will be lodged overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided).  

Canoeing: Outdoor Exploration

Our canoe trips will have you paddling the lakes and rivers of the Adirondacks and camping in spectacular backcountry settings.  No prior paddling experience is necessary, just a desire to learn while working closely with others. Depending on your fitness level, these trips can be physically demanding.  Depending on the location of the trip, students sleep outside in tents, lean-to's, or tarps, and will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully. Intermediate swimming ability is required. 

Day Hiking - Camping Outdoors Overnight: Outdoor Exploration

Day hiking is great way to explore Vermont while limiting the weight of your pack! If you’re not interested in a full-fledged backpacking expedition but are keen for amazing hikes, this is the trip for you.  You’ll enjoy full days out in the mountains hiking, yet you'll return to a base camp each night. You'll sleep in tents or tarps. These trips are great for people new to the outdoors and not quite ready for a backpacking trip. Participants on this trip will sleep outside in lean-tos or tents, and will use rustic restroom facilities at a local state park.

 

Digital on Campus: Vermont Exploration

Curious about digital learning opportunities on campus? This is the trip for you! Professionals from Middlebury’s Digital Learning and Inquiry team, known as DLINQ, are preparing explorations and adventures in digital learning. You’ll learn about our media lab, Makerspace, and other campus resources, while diving into topics like digital fluency, digital detoxing, privacy, and more. You’ll have a chance to unwind and enjoy downtown Middlebury too, and will spend nights at the beautiful Bread Loaf Campus. Participants on this trip will sleep indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

 

 

Exploring Education in Rural Communities: Community Engagement

You will be immersed in local elementary schools to explore both the schools' guiding values and physical spaces. You will participate in the daily life of a school in session, and engage in service activities within the schools, or the town recreation department. You might paint with kids, do science projects, play tag or help in a school garden plot. You will have the opportunity to reflect on creating enhanced learning spaces in Vermont and on your own educational experiences. You will be lodged overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided).

Fly Fishing: Outdoor Exploration

Do you love the feel of a trout on the end of your line?  Would you like to try fly fishing for the first time? Camp in tents at an established campground and travel each day to a local fishing spot.  You will venture to streams and lakes in the region and maybe, just maybe you will catch something other than willows. Our gear room has the necessary fishing gear (flyrod, waders, boots) for your trip.

 

Food Systems in Vermont: Vermont Exploration

Many Vermonters spend time thinking about how they get their food: how and where it’s grown, and who has access to healthy products. On this trip, you’ll explore the variety of ways Vermonters get their food, from farmers to food banks, and you’ll spend some time on the College’s own student-run organic farm to learn about the Middlebury College food system. You’ll learn about local nonprofits providing food to those experiencing food insecurity, and you’ll have a chance to dig in and help out by volunteering on one or more farms. This trip involves moderate physical labor, and you will spend a lot of time outside, getting dirty in the fields of the farms where you volunteer. This is a great trip for anyone who enjoys farms or who wants to get to know farms, and who likes to spend active time outdoors. Participants on this trip will be camping outdoors at local farms, sleeping in tents - on sleeping pads and in sleeping bags - and should bring warm, non-cotton layers to sleep in. They will have access to rustic bathroom facilities and to limited running water, but no showers or beds.

 

Vermont Explorations - Food Systems in Vermont

Gateway to the NEK: Vermont Exploration

Bond with your group on a road trip to explore the southern gateway to one of Vermont’s most beautiful locations, the Northeast Kingdom, which has long inspired artists, academics, and entrepreneurs. This is both an active and a reflective trip, with some outdoor volunteer work at a local school in Peacham (Vermont’s most-photographed town), with short hikes and long strolls to take in the scenery, and visits to interesting sites such as Vermont’s smallest library, a 200-plus-year-old cemetery, and Karme Choling, a meditation retreat center. Be prepared to be outdoors a lot, perform moderate physical labor, and forego showers for the weekend! Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors, on the floor - in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads, with access to running water and bathroom facilities, but no showers or beds.  

 

Immigration and Vermont's Diverse Communities: Community Engagement

This group will visit a number of Vermont's migrant communities and meet with local organizations working to assist with settlement of new Americans, and Latin American populations. Participants meet with activists, local non-profit organizers and migrant farm workers, to learn about the political, social, and legal challenges facing migrant communities in Vermont today. You will be lodged overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided).   

Lake Champlain: Vermont Exploration

Lake Champlain has been called the country’s “other Great Lake”. It stretches from Whitehall, New York in the south, almost to the Canadian border in the north, ultimately joining the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic. The Lake played a critical role in the early history of our nation. Today, recreationalists, commuters, scientists and entrepreneurs all use its waters. On this trip, you’ll enjoy a combination of hiking along the Burlington Bike Path, which follows Lake Champlain’s shoreline; visiting businesses impacted by the lake’s geology such as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Shelburne Farms; and perhaps (weather permitting), get out on the lake via stand up paddle boards. This trip offers a good introduction to the outdoor community without the physical rigor of a wilderness trip. Participants on this trip will be camping outdoors in lean-tos but without tents, sleeping in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads, and should bring warm, non-cotton layers to sleep in. They will cook on camp stoves, and will have access to bathroom facilities and running water. There are often coin-operated showers at the campground.

 

Meditation and Contemplative Practices: Vermont Exploration

On this trip you’ll explore contemplative practices, mindfulness, yoga and meditation on the site of an interdependent and cooperative living community. Days might be filled working in the gardens, cooking community meals, and learning about mindfulness. At night you’ll have time to reflect in your tent or cabin! This trip is perfect for those looking to unwind in advance of the school year ahead. Participants on this trip will be sleeping in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads, either in tents or in cabins, with access to bathrooms and running water (though not necessarily showers) but no beds.

Nature Writing and Poetry: Vermont Exploration

Middlebury has a long history of encouraging students to observe and write about the natural world. This trip will fully engage in the outdoors through exploring and hiking around Middlebury and on the Bread Loaf Campus. You'll meet with local writers, poets and artists to translate your experiences in creative ways. If you're looking for a trip that will help you rest, relax and get in touch with your new home away from home, this is the trip for you! Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

Oratory Story Tour: Vermont Exploration

This traveling festival takes us through the village of Middlebury and beyond, gathering and telling stories the whole way. This trip may visit a tiny pre-school, library, or local classroom on the outskirts of town to explore storytelling with youth, then hike, swim, or walk-and-talk while we cultivate story ideas. We’ll meet with a couple of local storytellers, and spend evenings around the campfire swapping tales. Saturday will feature a Storytelling Boot Camp with students from Oratory Now. Sunday morning we might visit the Vermont Folklife Center, or perform for a local audience at a retirement community, we’ll head back to campus and record the 2019 Oratory Story Tour Podcast. If you’ve never toasted a s’more over a campfire, now’s your chance! Participants on this trip will be camping outdoors in tents - sleeping in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads - and should bring warm, non-cotton layers to sleep in. You’ll cook your dinners on camp stoves, and will have access to bathroom facilities and running water. There are often coin-operated showers at the campground.

 

Photography: Vermont Exploration

Those passionate about photography need look no further! Get together with others who share your passion as you roam the region, capturing beautiful scenes of Vermont. Along the way you might enjoy a nature hike, a gallery tour, or an art festival in Burlington known as the Art Hop, as you learn a bit about portrait, long exposure, landscape, outdoor, and nighttime photography. Nights will be spent relaxing on Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Campus. Bring your own digital camera, or borrow one from the college library. Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

 

Rock Climbing: Outdoor Exploration

The six-million-acre Adirondack Park is positively brimming with beautiful cliffs. These spectacular crags will provide the setting where you’ll learn the fundamentals of top-rope climbing.  No prior climbing experience is needed. We provide all climbing equipment. Climbing trips spend their evenings either in established campgrounds or backcountry camping, sleeping in tents or tarps. Students on this trip will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully.

Trail Maintenance: Outdoor Exploration

We’re partnering with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and/or the Green Mountain Club to offer our trail maintenance trips.  These trips hike to backcountry campsites and put in full, rewarding days of trail work, so enthusiasm and physical fitness are important.  This is a great way to get out in the woods, learn useful skills, and actively contribute to the maintenance of our local trail networks. This trip stays at established campgrounds or backcountry campsites, sleeping in tents or tarps.  Students on this trip will practice Leave No Trace principles to dispose of waste properly and respectfully.

Trail Work and the TAM: Vermont Exploration

Stay close to your new home-away-from-home while immersing yourself in another world! You’ll spend days getting to know Middlebury’s popular Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) as you pitch in to help community stewards perform trailwork and prepare for the fall season. You’ll break up your time enjoying downtown Middlebury, and will spend nights relaxing and rejuvenating on the beautiful Bread Loaf Campus. Be prepared to get dirty and sore, with some amount of moderate physical labor each day. Participants on this trip will sleep indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

 

Vermont Museums and Quirky Places: Vermont Exploration

Difficult to describe, yet hard to forget! Explore some of the many fabulous museums and quirky locations around Vermont, each of which offers an important part of the unique Vermont story - from maple to marble, flying monkeys to dog chapel, enormous puppets to tiny curiosity cabinets. Spend the night in not one, but two museums! Along with marveling at the various sights, you’ll volunteer at the Old Stonehouse Museum, which enjoys shared history with Middlebury College through its founder Alexander Twilight, who became the first African-American to earn a college degree when he graduated from Middlebury College in 1823. You’ll also enjoy getting to know the wonderfully quirky Fairbanks Museum, affectionately referred to by many as “a museum of a museum”. This trip involves mild-to-moderate physical labor outdoors. Participants on this trip will be sleeping indoors on museum floors - in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads - with access to running water and bathroom facilities, but no showers or beds.

 

Vermont Sampler: Vermont Exploration

Hoping to gain a sense of place during orientation? On this trip you will immerse yourself in various aspects of Vermont’s landscapes through day hikes, local farms, festivals or farmers markets. You may get to pet some farm animals, or taste special Vermont products such as apples, cheese or maple syrup. If you’re ready to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors, and looking for a quintessential Vermont time, look no further! Participants on this trip will be camping outdoors in lean-tos but without tents, sleeping in sleeping bags and on sleeping pads, and should bring warm, non-cotton layers to sleep in. They will cook on camp stoves, and will have access to bathroom facilities and running water. There are often coin-operated showers at the campground.

 

Vocal Music: Vermont Exploration

Love sharing your voice with others? Come join your leaders and new classmates in song! This trip will experiment with a cappella music. Begin by learning some traditional folk songs, and then practice some modern pop. Participate in workshops with faculty, staff, and community members who find joy in the oldest musical instrument - the human voice. You may even get a chance to perform in town! Participants on this trip will sleep indoors, in cabins at the Bread Loaf campus, with access to running water, bathroom facilities, showers and beds.

 

Working Together to Effect Change: Community Engagement

Participants will be introduced to local youth and mentoring programs, learning how to make a positive impact in the lives of children. Participants will volunteer with local nonprofits that work to support children's emotional, social, and educational development. Get ready to spend hands-on time with elementary- and middle-school aged youth. You’ll also spend time supporting the operations of community partners through service activities such as cleaning, grounds work or helping with fundraising mailings. You will be staying overnight at a local school or church (sleeping bags and pads will be provided), and prepare your meals with fellow trip members (food ingredients will be provided). 

Yoga: Vermont Exploration

Experience the yoga scene in VT.  You will stretch your minds and bodies by meeting and practicing with local yoga instructors, including current Middlebury students!  This trip will involve small day hikes to practice on top of some of Vermont’s pristine mountains. You’ll be exposed to new kinds of yoga, and practice some meditation and reflection. This trip may sleep at a local studio or a local non-profit on sleeping pads and in sleeping bags.

Vermont Explorations - Yoga