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Long Fall trips, a four day/three night experience before classes start each fall, are a chance for Putney students to explore the outdoors, learn and develop skills, and work in small groups to achieve common goals.
We believe that there is incredible value in every wilderness experience. For us, wilderness is a place where nature is dominant—and situations and their consequences are real. Living in these conditions, away from the distractions of modern civilization, fosters self-reliance, judgment, respect, and a sense of responsibility for our actions. It can also be a profoundly moving experience that leads to inspiration, joy, and commitment to an environmental ethic.
We expect our trip leaders to be educators, not guides. We aim to inspire our students to explore and develop their understanding of leadership, teamwork, natural history, and technical skills. With both students and staff, we encourage the evolution of judgment, personal responsibility, and awareness of group needs (key leadership traits) through practical experience and timely feedback.