TMC is both one of the oldest and largest student organizations on campus. With its slogan of “Go Outside”, TMC creates pathways to outdoor access for every student at Tufts through free gear rentals, diverse trip opportunities, transportation options, skill building clinics, and more. The TMC Board is made up of students who love recreating outdoors and want to share that love with others. TMC manages the Loj – a Tufts-owned property in Woodstock, NH that provides students with easy access to the White Mountain National Forest and surrounding recreation areas.
Tufts Wilderness Orientation
As the largest pre-orientation program, TWO provides incoming first-year undergraduates with a small group of peers led by 2 upperclassmen leaders that use hiking, canoeing, and trail crew trips to create a supportive network for the rest of the year. Leaders are trained in wilderness first aid, facilitation of group dynamics, risk management, and technical skills in order to help build supportive and welcoming environments for their participants. TWO is also coordinated by students, allowing them to plan and execute on their own vision for the program every year, and providing room for students to grow in their leadership capacities throughout their time at Tufts.
It is important to recognize that the experiences and community created by Tufts students recreating outside in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine exist within a reality where violence, bloodshed, and settler colonialism came first – and continue to be perpetuated today. The Abenaki peoples lived and continue to live in these places, and we, as a predominantly white institution engaging in a predominantly white leisure activity, must acknowledge our role in continuing to occupy colonized space. TWO and TMC both hope to continue treating these spaces and Indigenous peoples with respect and care as part of the larger history of the land.