Outdoor Program

The Putney Outdoor Program encompasses afternoon activities, weekend trips, and our long standing tradition of campus wide trips called Long Fall.  Two student leaders co-manage the outdoor program with a faculty member, planning and leading trips during the year.  The Outdoor Program has gear to lend out for students who need a backpack, sleeping bag, or climbing harness.

Afternoon Activities

With our 500 acres nestled in the eastern foothills of the Green Mountains, Putney students spend a lot of time outside in the afternoon after classes.  Hiking, climbing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and wilderness skills become more than just an activity as students cross paths with wildlife in the forest, decypher tracks in the snow or learn how to fry an egg on a rock around a campfire.

Weekend Trips

Moonlight kayaking, rock and ice climbing, and backpacking on the Long Trail (the oldest long distance hiking trail in the country) take place during weekends throughout the year. Students pour over maps and plan a route, write a menu and gear list, and lead the pack as the group hits the trail, river or rock.

Long Fall

Long Fall trips, a four day/three night experience that kicks off every school year, are a chance for Putney students to explore the outdoors, learn and develop skills, and work in small groups to achieve common goals.

These trips range from backpacking in the mountains to canoeing on the rivers, mountain biking to rock climbing, and service trips to working on the farm.  Co-led by adults and students, groups will bond over campfires, good food, and new experiences.

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