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.


Does an Igloo or a Quinzee Make a Better Snow Shelter?
Thetford Academy students wanted to see if an Igloo or a quinzee makes a better snow shelter. Better was defined as which snow shelter would last longer and hold the most heat. An Igloo is a  snow shelter that is made with snow blocks. A quinzee is a big pile of snow that you go […]

April 2, 2018   News . TOP Blog
TOP Featured in 7 Days VT Article
All of the students in the Thetford Outdoor Program love maple syrup, with the exception of one newcomer to Vermont. So educator Scott Ellis made sure an exploration of all things maple would be part of the curriculum. “If students are interested in something, harness that,” said Ellis, 38. “That’s what this maple project is […]

March 22, 2018   TOP Blog
Game Camera Photos
By Alex Emerson Game cameras are an amazing way to take pictures of wildlife. Cameras were set up on Thetford Academy campus over the holiday break.  The cameras got some action from deer, rabbits, turkeys, squirrels, and coyotes. Here is a collection of some of the photos.

February 4, 2018   TOP Blog
Tim Gray Produces TA Trails Map
Sophomore Tim Gray has recently completed a map of all the trails around Thetford Academy for the Thetford Outdoor Program, as a special project for TA’s new, half-day Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course. To complete the project, Tim spent many hours in the woods behind Thetford Academy mapping out the many trails in TA’s […]

January 15, 2018   Academics . News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
Thetford Outdoor Program Gets Winterized
Just as this week’s extreme cold settled in, the Thetford Outdoor Program completed the construction of their new yurt. The 20′ diameter structure will serve as the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education class’s home base for the winter months, and allow the class to continue their work studying–up close–the biology, ecology, and history of their […]

December 15, 2017   TA Today . TOP Blog
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