Thetford Outdoor Program Class Blog

Welcome to the Thetford Outdoor Program class website. Over the course of the year, we’ll be sharing news and photos from our outdoor learning adventures, as well as resources and reflections created by our students along the way.


Valley News Article: Thetford Outdoor Program Delivers Dose of Nature
On Friday December 1st the Valley News visited the Thetford Outdoor Program and wrote this amazing article. Full Article In the more than 500 acres contained on the campus of Thetford Academy and Thetford Hill State Park, Scott Ellis finds endless potential for learning. Standing within a grove of 70-year-old red pines during a Thetford […]

December 10, 2017   TOP Blog
Big Tree Model Video
The Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course created a giant model of a tree.  Then they made a video explaining each part of the model.

December 1, 2017   TOP Blog
Windows to the Wild, “Family Vacation,” Features TA’s Scott Ellis
New Hampshire PBS’s new episode of Windows to the Wild features outdoor adventurist (and Thetford Outdoor Program Coordinator) Scott Ellis and his family, as they join host Willem Lange for a night of camping and exploring in Maine’s north woods. Check it out here.

November 21, 2017   News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
Will the increase of deer populations make Vermont an EHD zone?
By Hunter LeFevre Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a viral disease which is transported by a midge, is often fatal in the deer family. Once a deer is infected it will start getting flu like symptoms, and that will make the deer go to water, where most of the dead deer are found because they are […]

November 21, 2017   TOP Blog
Scott Ellis’s Guide You Outdoors YouTube Video Channel Featured in Seven Days VT
Check out this Nov. 15 article from Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Voice, featuring Scott Ellis, Thetford Outdoor Program coordinator. The article, “An Outdoors Enthusiast Shares the Love, and Guidance, on YouTube,” describes the YouTube video channel Scott and friend Austin Borg have developed, known as GuideYouOutdoors, which now has 79 videos, nearly 16,000 followers, and over 1.3 […]

November 16, 2017   News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
Why Deer Shed Their Antlers
By Alex Emerson Deer shed their antlers during late fall to early winter.  The deer rut is in the fall. The rut is the time when the deer breed. Deer are like moose and elk; they are ungulates, mammals with hooves. Most ungulates shed their antlers. Deer’s antlers are honeycombed bone tissue. When the rut […]

November 16, 2017   TOP Blog
Empty Survivors
   By, Hugh O’Donnell Have you ever been walking through the woods and noticed a large, hollow tree with a full canopy? That tree, even though it looks dead, is still alive. Hollow trees can survive for years without falling over. They can do this because most of the living parts of a tree are […]

November 10, 2017   TOP Blog
The Old Oak
By, Tim Gray As I made my way to this old oak tree many things raced through my mind. I asked myself, “Why is this massive tree in this spot?” I began looking for clues. I saw an old stone wall and thought maybe this old oak started growing after the sheep fever had occurred […]

November 9, 2017   TOP Blog
Why Do The Leaves Change Color?
  By Lauren Townsend Ever wonder why certain trees drop their leaves during the autumn season? How about why the leaves are changing color? Vermont is argued to be one of the most beautiful places in the United States during the peak of autumn where many deciduous trees are featured shedding their colorful leaves each […]

November 9, 2017   TOP Blog
All You Can Eat Acorns
If you haven’t noticed, the past three years have seemed to be mast years for oaks producing acorns. A mast year is when a tree produces a large amount of cones, nuts or seeds.  In the picture to the right you’ll see what the ground looks like if you find yourself standing in a patch […]

November 7, 2017   TOP Blog