Per the College’s COVID-19 guidance, for Fall 2020, the Knoll section of the TAM and the rest of campus are open only to students enrolled as in-person learners.

Volunteer Hours

Open to students enrolled as in-person learners, volunteer hours run from 9/13/21-10/29/21.

Mondays: 8:30-10:30am
Tuesdays: 1-3pm**
Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30am
Fridays: 2-4pm
Saturdays: 10am-noon

**Please note, Tuesdays afternoon sessions are held as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) affinity space, facilitated by BIPOC student interns and staff

Participants are asked to sign up in advance and to  limit themselves to no more than six total signups per semester so that we can welcome lots of folks. We will “release” two weeks of signups at a time, at 2pm, every other Monday. The dates for the “release” for more signups will be: 9/8 (for the first two weeks), 9/13, 9/27, and 10/11.

You can read more at go/knollhours.

Physical Education Credit

We are excited to partner with the Athletics department starting Fall 2020 to offer physical education credit for attending at least four sessions of Volunteer Hours. 

To furrow, to winnow, to hand mow, to harvest, to broadfork, to wheelbarrow, to broadcast, to mulch, to scout, to steward… What goes into gardening at the Knoll, and why? Join us in working outside while we learn about and carry forward the practices of hand work in the learning garden at the Knoll. We will explore a variety of techniques and approaches to caring for soil and understanding cycles of regeneration. All meetings will open with a short, guided contemplative practice. No previous experience is required, bring your questions and a willingness to try something new.

To receive PE credit, in-person participants must attend at least four gardening sessions (2 hours each), ideally, spread throughout the gardening season (September 8–October 30). Advance signups for meeting times are required in Presence: Click the “Forms” subpage of the Event to sign up. Participation is limited to six participants and they must be current students enrolled as in-person learners due to COVID-related regulations. Please bring a water bottle and wear a face covering, closed-toed shoes, and layers suitable for movement in the weather. All other supplies provided; no cost to participants. Please direct questions to Megan Brakeley, food and garden educator, at mbrakeley@middlebury.edu.

Self-guided Tours and Activities

For Fall 2020, we are pleased to share some resources for self-guided, physically distant exploration of the Knoll. Check out the digital handout introducing the Knoll created by Maya Gomez ’20, a Seek & Find Scavenger Hunt for solo or paired use, and a (forthcoming) digital handout describing some of our growing partnerships focused on beans and corn with Chief Stevens.

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Abenaki at the Knoll: Presentation with Donald Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, and Megan Brakeley, Food and Garden Educator at the Knoll for a discussion about the relationship between Middlebury College, food sources, and moving forward together.
  • Environmental Studies 112: Natural Science and the Environment Lab: Each year the Knoll hosts field research for the ES 112 course participants.
  • Knoll Summer and Spring/Fall Internships: We typically hire 4-5 summer interns to steward the Knoll for the full 16-week summer season. We also hire several student interns to help host Volunteer Hours during the spring and fall seasons. Hiring for both positions typically opens in January; posts go live on the Student Employment Office’s On-Campus Employment site.

Want to learn more? 

You can read the full report of our 2019 season at go/knollreport.

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