Staff members are encouraged to take advantage of the recreation facilities offered both on and off campus. Outdoor recreation facilities include three tennis courts, a basketball court, and a soccer field. Hiking is available on the College’s Blue Trail, which winds through the wooded parts of campus and connects to several good trails throughout the region. The trailhead is located behind the Davis Alumni House.
The College has partnered with the Bennington Tennis Center to manage its outdoor courts and provide an active program for students, staff, and faculty. To reserve a court, contact 802-379-6595 or visit their website.
The Office of Student Life can provide information on racquet and health clubs in the area. The College has a relationship with The Bennington Recreation Center, a local facility that offers a handicap-accessible, six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool, saunas, and other recreation facilities. Membership discounts are available for individuals and families; please inquire directly at the facility for details. To take advantage of the savings, contact Human Resources and you will be provided with an employment verification letter that you will need to present to the recreation center.
Outing Club Rental Gear
Want to get outdoors but don’t have the equipment? The Outing Club can help you out. Rental gear is available to all Bennington College community members—students, faculty, and staff—for a very low cost. The following items are available for rent: sleeping bag, tent, backpack, ground pad, snowshoes, cross-country skis, head lamp, lanterns, and more. Please note that the Outing Club is also able to supply bear bags, water purification tablets, and cooking kits for trips to the backcountry. Please ask for these items in advance. Contact the Office of Student Life for additional details.