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 outdoors while creating lasting bonds with each other.

All trips are designed for beginners; no prior outdoor experience is needed! 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. 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.

All of our student leaders have been trained in outdoor living skills and are Wilderness First Aid certified. Groups are completely self-sufficient for the duration of the trip in remote locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. This means all trip participants carry food and equipment, cook for one another, and set up camp.

                                       Even if your favorite outdoor experience is at your local park, we hope you sign up for TWO!


Meet our 2024 Student Coordinators!

Coordinator Lina Fang smiling and squatting in the woods with a backpack on

Lina Fang, she/her, 2024

Lina is a graduating senior from Monterey, CA, with majors in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. She loves going to different movie theaters in the Boston area with friends, singing acappella with Tufts sQ!, and is on a mission to learn how to cook. She is so excited to coordinate TWO this year and can’t wait to meet the incoming first-years!

Coordinator Claire Bolash smiling taking a selfie while wearing headphones

Claire Bolash, she/her, 2024

Claire is a graduating senior from Connecticut majoring in Political Science. At Tufts she on the ski team, Tufts Dance Collective, and Burlesque! She likes to crochet, bake, and read. Claire has loved her time on TWO staff and is so excited to coordinate the program this year!

Coordinator Eleanor Tyne sitting in dining hall wearing flannel shirt smiling at the camera

Eleanor Tyne, she/her, 2026

Hi! My name’s Eleanor, and I’m the support staff coordinator this year. I’m a sophomore studying English and am on the frisbee and climbing teams at Tufts. I'm from Orono, Maine, and I love reading and playing outside with things like jump ropes and pogosticks. I love TWO and am so excited to coordinate the program this year!

Program Schedule

August 23Arrival & 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 24 - August 28Trips Out!
August 28 (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