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.


Mountain Biking at TA Coming Soon!
Thetford Academy is gearing up to open the town’s first fully sanctioned mountain bike trail and one of only a few high school mountain biking trails in Vermont. The new, one-mile flow track is slated to open on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a launch event on campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The new […]

October 17, 2019   Academics . Features . News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
TOP to Offer Outdoor Opportunities this Summer
The Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) is offering three amazing outdoor opportunities this summer.   Trail Crew, June 17 – 21 The summer Trail Crew maintains and builds trails on Thetford Academy’s 295 acres of woodlands and surrounding forests. A paid work opportunity and a great experience for students to add to their resume, Trail Crew is […]

May 12, 2019   Features . News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
Understanding Your Carbon Footprint and Forest Carbon Sequestration
Follow the link below to see the Carbon Footprint Map Students in the Environmental Studies and outdoor education course have been working on understanding their carbon footprint and how forests can reduces atmospheric CO2.   Each student started with calculating their carbon footprint for one year. To do this they needed to know their electricity […]

April 12, 2019   TOP Blog
Maple Sugaring Video Presentation
This is a Pecha Kucha inspired presentation of maple sugaring made by students in the Environmental Studies and Outdoor education course in the Thetford Outdoor Program. Learn how to collect sap and make maple products.

April 10, 2019   TOP Blog
TOP Hosts Maple Sugar Social: March 22, 2019
The chickadees have changed their call and that means it’s maple season! Join the Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) at TA’s new sugar house for its first Maple Sugar Social. This community event is free and open to the public. Come by for sap boiling, syrup tasting, sugar on snow, tours of TA’s sugar bush and […]

March 14, 2019   Alumni . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
TOP Capstone Projects
Take a look at what the students from the Outdoor Education course did for their capstone projects this term. Why to Join TOP Video By Carter Banks Click here to watch My goal for the project is to inspire students to take this class, and give them an honest look at what what being in […]

January 18, 2019   TOP Blog
TOP Campout at TA Yurt: Jan. 25-26
The Thetford Outdoor Program is hosting a campout for 7th to 9th graders at Thetford Academy’s yurt in the Thetford Hill State Park on Friday, Jan. 25, to Saturday, Jan, 26. The group will meet after school (at 3 p.m.) on Friday in Scott Ellis’s classroom and then hike up to the yurt for the […]

January 9, 2019   News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
Middle School Girls Go Camping in the Snow
Nine 7th grade girls spent the night at the Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) yurt in the Thetford Hill State Park adjacent to Thetford Academy on Friday, Nov. 30. Chaperone and science teacher Rose Dedam shared, “We did some nighttime sledding on the soccer field, hauled our gear up to the yurt on sleds, and had […]

December 5, 2018   News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog
The Sugar Shack
By, Jackson Kingsbury The Thetford Outdoor Program has built a Sugar Shack. The Sugar Shack was one of the biggest projects that the class took on this year. Each student was given one job to lead. I was responsible for the construction of the rafters, while Becca was responsible for the doors. We all helped […]

December 5, 2018   TOP Blog
Students Build Sugar Shack
TA’s sugar shack is starting to take shape.  Adjacent to the timber framed outdoor classroom just south of the student parking lot, the structure will be completed in the upcoming days — with several months of time to spare before this year’s sugaring operation begins. With help from Mike Wells and Jere Linehan, Scott Ellis’s […]

November 30, 2018   Academics . Features . News . Parents . TA Today . TOP Blog