Green Mountain College, located 30 minutes north of Merck Forest in Poultney, Vermont, is a small school. But, it’s depth and breadth of classes, based in a mission of environmental understanding, make it a unique educational institution.
GMC students frequently come to Merck Forest. They often visit with their professors and spend a day in the woods, or come out for a weekend to get a break from their studies.
This past weekend a group of students came to go camping. They were taking part in our dispersed tent camping option, and they were learning to be outdoor leaders for future adventures.
The group came into the Visitor Center in the late morning, after taking off their snowshoes and packs, leaving them in a row outside. They gathered around the fire, looking over the maps for a good place to spend the night (somewhere relatively flat, big enough to accommodate 9 students and tents).
After selecting the area, they gathered their belongings, posed for a picture, and then hiked out, excited to set up camp early and have the rest of the day to explore the trails.