Outdoor Education

In 2014, with support from the Woodbury Foundation, Thetford Academy launched its Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Initiative. This initiative builds on TA’s commitment to experiential and outdoor learning, and takes advantage of our expansive natural resources. Faculty are taking their classrooms outdoors, and engaging students in a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities that complement traditional classroom studies.

The Environmental Science and Outdoor Education Initiative includes several elective courses across TA’s curriculum, including Forestry, Botany, Why Food Matters, Environmental Economics, Nature Writing, and outdoor units have been integrated in many more. In 2016-2017, TA will launch a new half-day Outdoor Leadership course to teach outdoor skills like orienteering, constructing shelters, fire-building, wilderness survival, and first aid. New extracurricular activities, like the Outdoor Club and the Nordic Ski Club, engage a diverse group of students interested in outdoor experiences.

Visit TA’s Environmental and Outdoor Education student website to keep up on what’s happening in the program.

Outdoor Education Faculty

Derek Burkins


STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Marc Chabot, Dean of Academics

Marc Chabot

Dean of Academics and Science

Administration, STEM | Engineering & Technology, Outdoor Education, Science

Rose Dedam, Science

Rose Dedam

Science Teacher and Outdoor Education Coordinator

Experiential, STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Gary Engler


STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Christopher Huling, Social Studies

Christopher (Casey) Huling

Social Studies

Humanities | Outdoor Education, Social Studies

Christopher Schmidt, Design Technology

Chris Schmidt

Design Technology and Outdoor Education

Arts, Experiential, STEM | Design Technology, Engineering & Technology, Outdoor Education

Emily Silver, English

Emily Silver


Humanities | English, Outdoor Education

Luke Teschner, Math

Luke Teschner


STEM | Mathematics, Outdoor Education

Melissa Thaxton, English

Melissa Thaxton


Experiential, Humanities | English, Outdoor Education, Student Publications

Leonard Whitaker, Science

Len Whitaker


STEM | Outdoor Education, Science

Outdoor Education Courses