Wilderness Orientation (TWO) was one of the best
experiences of my freshmen year. It made the
transition to college so much easier. I'm still
close with many of the people on my trip, including
leaders. TWO was an amazing way to start at Tufts."
Orientation offers incoming freshmen a chance to
experience the energy, intelligence, and friendliness of
Tufts in a setting unique to New England - forests that
are healthier now than they were 100 years ago.
Now in our 26th year, TWO runs five-day backpacking
and canoeing expeditions led by well-trained,
experienced student leaders. For the backpacking trips,
each group explores a new section of trail every day,
and camps at designated camping spots along the way.
For those who love being on the water, our canoeing
trips allow you to paddle along the beautiful lakes of
The co-ed groups
are small and self-sufficient: eight freshmen and two
student leaders carrying everything they need. It is an
amazing feeling to be self-sufficient for 5 days, not
needing any stores or outside help. We have a saying at
TWO, “As a group, you have to climb a mountain to all be
on the same level.” Our informal group atmosphere makes
it easy to meet new friends, share questions, and
generally have a good time in the outdoors. You will
come back to Tufts with strong relationships formed and
memories to reflect on for the rest of your time at
physically demanding but designed for the beginner. We
intermix experience levels on each trip so that students
can learn from each other, and focus on getting to know
one another. We hope that by the end of the program, all
involved will have learned something about themselves
and their capabilities: mental, emotional, and physical.
No prior outdoor experience required. All we ask is that
you are healthy, in reasonable physical condition, and
join us with an open mind and excellent attitude.
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