Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO)

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two@tufts.edu | 617-627-0529 | 44 Professor's Row, Medford, MA 02155

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Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO) is a five-day, student-led experience for incoming First-Years. The program includes backpacking, canoeing, hybrid (a combination of backpacking and canoeing), trail crew, and camping trips through which incoming students can experience the great outdoors while creating lasting bonds with upperclass leaders and each other.

We are excited to send out affinity trips, which are composed exclusively of first-year participants and leaders who all share a common identity. The following affinity trips are being offered this year: a POC trip, a women’s trip (for any student who identifies as a woman), a queer trip, a trans/nonbinary trip, and a transfer student trip!

All trips are designed for beginners; no prior outdoor experience is required. Regardless of your background in outdoor activity, we encourage you to register! We recommend that all TWO participants are prepared for a moderate level of physical activity that may include hiking for multiple hours at a time or extended days paddling.

TWO groups are made up of approximately eight incoming students and two student leaders, all of whom have been trained in outdoor living skills and are Wilderness First Aid certified. Groups are completely self-sufficient for the duration of the five-day trip in remote locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. This means all trip participants collaborate to carry food and equipment, cook for one another, and set up camp. Leaders will be in contact with program coordinators, while first-year participants will have minimal front-country contact.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the view from a rocky mountaintop, paddle through a pristine lake, and gaze at the stars in a clear night sky. TWO is a unique opportunity to develop a support system of peers and mentors before beginning your college experience! Even if your favorite place to be outside is your local park, we hope you decide to register for TWO!

While TWO works hard to create trips that are accessible for beginners, some trips are more challenging than others.  Once you have a spot in TWO you’ll have the chance to rate your preference for trip type and level of difficulty. Please note that we have a limited number of each type of trip and cannot guarantee you your first choice. Students who do not complete their acceptance packet will be placed at random.


 

Meet our 2022 Student Coordinators!

Coordinator Tara Steckler with her backpack on giving a peace sign in front of two tents and a mountain range

Tara Steckler, 2022

Tara is a recent grad from Berkeley, California. She majored in Applied Environmental Studies with a minor in English. At Tufts, she designed for the Tufts Observer and hiked with the Tufts Mountain Club. In her free time, she loves making art, doing crossword puzzles, rock climbing, and reading.

Coordinator Nick Sorger standing on the peak of a mountain giving 2 thumbs up

Nick Sorger, 2024

Nick is from Winchester, Massachusetts, and is a Junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics. When not doing TWO-related activities, Nick is an LCS Tufts Tutor and a member of the Tufts Rugby team. In the winter you can often find him skiing and snowshoeing, and when it's sunny you can count on finding him reading a book somewhere on Prez lawn. After last year on support staff, he is incredibly excited to be a coordinator this upcoming summer!

Coordinator Curry Brinson standing in front of his house smiling during golden hour holding a mug that reads This Farm Cares

Curry Brinson, 2022

Curry is a senior hailing from Thomasville, GA, majoring in Religion and History. On campus, he is an active member of the University Chaplaincy and the president of Action for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP). In his free time, Curry likes to go swimming, talk about Fiona Apple, and read.


Program Schedule

August 25 Arrival & Check-in! You'll be greeted by our excited Support Staff, checked-in, and have your gear checked by our Leaders. You'll also have an opportunity to move your belongings into your dorm and say goodbye to your families.
August 26 - August 30 Trips Out!
August 30 (evening) Program Closing! Back on campus, you'll have the opportunity to shower, change, and re-join your group for dinner and a closing ceremony with the rest of the TWO program.

 

Doing TWO was the perfect bridge into college. It helped me gain confidence in what I was capable of, discover an amazingly supportive, welcoming, and accepting community, and learn about a lot of resources on campus from upperclassmen that helped me so much in my transition into life at Tufts.

Zach Woods, Class of 2023

Tufts Wilderness Orientation was an amazing introduction to essential skills that I needed to get through college. The trip gave me time to practice tackling unfamiliar challenges and asking for help before starting school. TWO informs how I build and sustain community to this day.

Meira Downie, Class of 2023