Middlebury Outdoor Programs

The Middlebury campus is spectacularly positioned between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. This location provides access to a remarkable array of outdoor environments. We provide the equipment, knowledge , and leadership to help our campus community explore the outdoors.  Winter opportunities don't stop at the Middlebury Snowbowl and Rikert Nordic Center.



Outdoor Skills Courses
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.


Orientation Trips - MIDDView and FOO!

Each September, every new student takes part in a MIDDView Trip, and most will find themselves enjoying the wilderness for three days of hiking, boating, climbing, and more.

FOO! introduces February first-years to Middlebury. Small groups and student leaders venture into the mountains surrounding campus on skis and snowshoes for overnight trips. FOO! provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know new classmates and establish relationships that can help ease the transition to Middlebury life.




Break Trips
MOP periodically offers trips venturing beyond our programming areas in New England and New York. These trips typically occur during the recesses in our academic calendar. Past favorites include backcountry skiing in the Gaspé region of Quebec and climbing expeditions to Red Rocks and Joshua Tree National Park.


Student Outdoor Orgs

Middlebury Mountain Club

Middlebury Freeheelers


The Bike Shop

The Climbing Wall

Log Rolling Club

Brooker (Outdoor Interest House)

SKIGA (Nordic Ski Club)

Yoga Club

Gear for Borrow

We offer an extensive inventory of outdoor equipment, available for one-week borrowing, free of charge, for your outdoor adventures! Sleeping bags, tents, snowshoes, backcountry skis, packs, stoves, and much more.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:30-7

The Gear Room is in the FIC on the first floor

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Wilderness first aid skills are essential knowledge for all outdoor leaders. MOP sponsors both Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses taught by SOLO on our campus.

Commons-Based Excursions
Aimed at building community within the Commons and providing healthy and invigorating recreational opportunities, these daylong adventures help small groups of Commons residents explore our natural surroundings.

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

Other Campus Resources

Rikert Nordic Ski Center

Middlebury College Snow Bowl

Climbing Wall

Trail Around Middlebury


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Questions about MOP? Contact

Doug Connelly, MS
Director of Outdoor Programs and Club Sports
Freeman International Center
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3105