Academics
Experiential Learning

Taking Education Outside

From the moment students step onto campus, nature plays a role in their Holderness Experience. As soon as they have unpacked their suitcases on Opening Day, new students join the faculty on overnight camping trips in the Lakes Region and the White Mountains. It’s a small introduction to the adventures Holderness encourages. Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, winter mountaineering, and just wandering through the woods are all encouraged.
 
Why? Because Mother Nature is one of the best teachers of lessons in leadership, confidence, perseverance, respect, and teamwork. Taking time away from social technology and societal pressures allows students the time to reflect and gain perspective. From their first Orientation Hike at Holderness to weekend hiking expeditions to Monday outdoor chapel services to Out Back expeditions in March, we encourage our students to connect with their natural environment and be open to the lessons of Mother Nature.
 
Holderness also offers a selection of courses that focus on the environment. While they vary from year to year, courses often include material about environmental sustainability, nature writing, lake ecology, and renewable resources. The courses ask students to think about their relationship with the natural environment, both from a philosophical and from a stewardship perspective. We love to play in our natural setting but taking responsibility for its preservation and conservation is important as well.

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  • Academics

    Out Back
    Out Back is a challenging, ten-day winter camping experience for 11th graders, that teaches leadership, team-building, and wilderness survival skills. Click here to learn more about this life-changing program.

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  • Athletics

    Winter Mountaineering
    There are many students who prefer the intensity of competitive sports, but for the students who sign up for Winter Mountaineering, the challenges presented by nature are far more enticing.

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  • Athletics

    Winter Sports
    With Mittersill at Cannon Mountain and Loon Mountain within forty-five minutes of campus, and with nordic ski trails and an outdoor hockey rink in our backyard, there’s no better place to be in the winter than Holderness.

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    Mountain Biking
    Within twenty minutes of campus, there are dozens of places to ride. Throughout the fall the mountain biking team rides them all!

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  • Student Life

    Sustainability
    Holderness School builds LEED certified buildings, has an integrated energy efficiency plan, and was named 2015 NH State Champion in energy efficiency. Read more about our commitment to sustainability.

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  • Athletics

    Rock Climbing
    The Rock Climbing team offers students a chance to get off campus and explore the mountains surrounding campus. At Rumney Cliffs, just a short drive from the school, students can challenge themselves daily, no matter their skill level.

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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257