Class of 2028 UVM-Med Outdoor Orientation

Proudly sponsored by the Larner College of Medicine Office of Medical Education,
UVM Medical Alumni Association, and the Wellness Committee


About U-MOO

Welcome to the Larner College of Medicine! We know you are eager to begin your medical training. A great way to begin your medical school journey is with your fellow classmates and current students on an outdoor adventure! This student led excursion provides you with a fun outdoor retreat for all experience and comfort levels.

This optional pre-Orientation event is an outdoor experience open to all first-year students that will take place just prior to Orientation (Friday, August 02, 10:00AM to 1pm - Lunch Provided). Current students will be present to facilitate groups. There will be a wide range of activities including a light hike, bird watching, lawn games, and ample time to connect - all with an emphasis on FUN and WELLNESS. 

Preview this year’s trail & location: Preston Pond to Libby’s Look Loop All Trails Information Page


Essential Details

  • Dates: Friday, August 02 at 10am EDT- 2pm EDT
  • Location: Preston Pond to Libby's Look Trailhead
Carpool train will meet at Gutterson Lot around 9:30am, and we will hit the road no later than 10am EDT, with the goal to arrive at the trailhead around 10:30am. We plan to “hit the trail” by 10:45am.

Everyone is welcome to stick around for a LCOM-provided lunch, yard games, and time to connect at the end of the loop.

This is a rain or shine event, so please plan accordingly with your attire. All are welcome, no outdoor experience necessary!

This is a university-sponsored event; thus, this is a drug and alcohol-free event.

Why is this trip being offered?

Orientation week is an amazing experience, but it is still a formal course, jam-packed with important information! So, we offer this optional trip to facilitate friendships and introduce you to the Vermont outdoors, rain or shine!


Accessibility and Accommodation

U-MOO and the Larner College of Medicine are firmly committed to including all interested first-year medical students in our student programs. Students with any type of disability are encouraged to apply and participate. We provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, in consultation with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students who are seeking accommodations should contact SAS well in advance of your matriculation, as some accommodations take time to implement. We also provide space in registration to provide us with any accommodations requests.


Trip Leadership

To be announced. Currently accepting applications!


A Dr. Moo-approved endeavor,
Welcome to "U-MOO!"


Registration for U-Moo Button

Deadline to register is 8 am EDT, August 01, 2024.

Please contact Medical Student Services with any questions.

U-MOO Resources

  • Carpooling Sign-Up
    Carpool Sign-Up FYI: UVM Sign-in req. (MED accounts launch end of June)
  • Tentative agenda:
    • 10am: Leave UVM
    • 10-10:35: Drive/carpool to trailhead
    • 10:45: Set out on trail (feel free to meet us at the trailhead if not carpooling)
    • 10:45-12:30pm: Walk/hike the "Preston Pond to Libby's Look Loop" with water breaks and photo opps wherever/whenever needed.
    • 12:30-1:30pm:  End of hike lunch and social
    • Bug Spray
    • Sunscreen
    • Stable and solid boots (trail can be muddy)
    • A water bottle/camelback- HYDRATE HYDRATE! (Always!)
    • Appropriate attire for the predicted weather conditions- rain or shine event! Sun hat, raincoat, umbrella, etc.