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May
26

Reflecting on the Thetford Outdoor Program

by Ethan Marshia It seems like it was just yesterday that we all ventured out on our first journey together. Entering the portal to a seemingly otherworldly dimension. I was just a mere fledgling. This class has given me everything I could have imagined and more. It has allowed me to see the forest through […]

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Apr
20

TOP Summer Programs – UPDATED

PLEASE READ: UPDATE ON TOP Summer Programs, April 16, 2020. TOP summer programs fill up fast – enroll today to ensure your child can be a part of the adventure! Trail Crew, June 15-19 Students must first apply and interview for a position with the TOP Trail Crew. Participants will be hired based on their […]

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Jan
31

Thetford Outdoor Program Featured on NH PBS “Windows to the Wild”

For the past few years, Thetford Academy’s Outdoor Program (TOP) has offered “TOP Summer” trips to TA students. One of these trips, a five-day paddle down the scenic Connecticut River led by TOP coordinator and outdoor educator Scott Ellis, is the subject of an upcoming episode of New Hampshire PBS’s show “Windows to the Wild.” […]

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Jan
15

Dendrochronology

By, Jesse Sweet The Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course worked on a unit studying dendrochronology. Dendrochronology is the technique of dating events, environmental change, and archaeological artifacts by using the characteristic patterns of annual growth rings in tree trunks. During this unit we focused on the study of red pine trees. We cored trees, […]

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Jan
14

Geocaching

By Ezekiel Colburn The Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education Course went on a field trip to multiple geocache spots near Thetford Academy. A geocache is a hidden container marked by a GPS point. The person who hides the geocache can also provide a clue as to where the geocache is located. Our teacher, Scott Ellis […]

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Jan
13

The Brand New Low Ropes Course

By Louis Dybvig Thetford Academy has a brand new low ropes course. Many of the elements were built by students in the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course. One element is called Nitro Swing. It has four small platforms arranged in a diamond shape and participants have to swing on a rope and land on […]

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Jan
13

First Fires

By, Caleb MacNeil People have asked me what are some of the most important things to know about the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education class at TA. One of my responses is that a key component of the class is the fires. During the first fires of the year, Scott Ellis supervises us. He explained […]

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Jan
10

Alumnus Gives Back

By Kaydence Rich The Thetford Academy Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education class visited Mike Hebb at his home in Strafford, Vermont on September 26th. Mike is a Thetford Academy alumnus, class of 64’ and very knowledgeable about a variety of topics. We visited his house to see how he cares for his apple trees, to […]

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Jan
09

Zebedee Wetlands Field Trip

By Brennan Vaughan The Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course went to Zebedee Wetlands in October of 2019. Zebedee is managed by The UpperValley Land Trust and is a popular bird watching area in Thetford, VT. At Zebedee there is a trail that surrounds a swamp. On the field trip, Scott Ellis (Thetford Outdoor Program […]

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Jan
09

Union Village Dam Exploration

By Faith Crowe Students in the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course read a book called Reading the Forested Landscapes by Tom Wessels. This book is about the land we live in and what’s shaped the land. The book shows the reader how they can find clues in the forest that tell a story.  As  […]

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Jan
09

A Quest

By Russell Fenton On October 21, 2019, students in the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course went on a  valley quest in the state forest. The quest started at the bottom of the hill and went throughout the forest. There were clues along the way to find each step. The clues were descriptive, but it […]

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Jan
09

Seven Minutes

By Kai Harris What is a seven minute free write? Seven minute free writes are a time where the whole Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education Program class sits down and writes for seven minutes without stopping. There is always a prompt but what follows that prompt is up to the writer. Free writes are also […]

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Jan
08

The Power of Apple Cider

By, Madison Hatch This year, the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course did a unit on studying apples and apple cider. Each student participated in collecting a variety of apples from different locations, making cider and conducting a lab. My favorite part was getting to taste the freshly made cider. Surprisingly, the flavors of the […]

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Jan
08

Buckthorn Removal

By, Liam Patterson What is Buckthorn? Buckthorn is an invasive species located in many parts of New England. Here, in Thetford Vermont, buckthorn is very prominent on the school property and in the State Forest. One of the classes here at TA called, Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education, plans to do something about it. In […]

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Jan
08

The Overnight

By Charles Longshaw This reflection is from an overnight solo experience for Thetford Academy’s Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education Program. We were out in the wilderness, trying to see if we could make it through the whole night alone with limited materials. All I chose to bring with me were warm layers, hand warmers, a […]

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Dec
31

Solos

By Ethan Howe In the Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education course, a major component of the class is “solos.” Solos are a designated time each week where students return to their solo spot and spend reflective time alone in the wilderness. A solo spot is a quiet place in the forest that each student has […]

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School Events

June 2, 2020
  • 10th Grade Anthology Reading - A Block
    June 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Contact samantha.davidson.green@thet.net for invitation to Zoom link.

June 3, 2020
  • Teacher Meetings (p.m.)
    June 3, 2020

  • Advisory Sessions (a.m.)
    June 3, 2020

June 4, 2020
  • 10th Grade Anthology Reading - D Block
    June 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Contact samantha.davidson.green@thet.net for invitation to Zoom link.

  • Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
    June 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    via Zoom

    Contact Giovanni.Bosco@dartmouth.edu for Zoom link.

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Athletics This Week

June 1, 2020
  • Core Workout

June 2, 2020
  • Team Fun Run

June 5, 2020
  • Core Workout

Lunch

Nothing from May 31, 2020 to June 7, 2020.

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