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Woodstock School
Activity Week

Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education and Environmental Study established in 2003, was funded by Suzanne (Woodstock School Alumni ’63) and Paul Hanifl. Located at 7000 ft, Hanifl Centre is an outreach of Woodstock School, Mussoorie - Celebrating over 167 years in the Himalaya.


Through both academic outdoor learning and extended expeditions, Woodstock students develop lasting relationships with the natural world, while building resilience and leadership. The outdoors is an abundant educational resource that is a highly valued element of the Woodstock experience. Hanifl Centre staff work alongside Woodstock School’s teachers to support experiential and outdoor learning across the curriculum. This is amplified during Activity Week when Hanifl Centre supports 500 students and 80 staff across 30 destinations. Activity Week is not sitting in a classroom, taking notes or studying for tests. It is one of the best experiential learning experiences Woodstock students have. Every October, for one week, teachers and students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 head off-campus to explore India, travelling to destinations as nearby as Mussoorie, as far away as Varanasi and Dharamshala. Activity Week is exploring frescoes in a thirteenth-century Jain cave, roping up to cross a glacier, rafting the white waters of the upper Ganges, helping village kids prepare for their school’s first- ever sports meet, mountain biking through Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, playing with blind children, teaching in a slum school in Delhi, helping the cook at a dhaba make chapatis, exploring the town of Mussoorie and much more.    

Students vary their Activity Weeks; over time they participate in a full range of hiking, cultural, service and environmental activities and by Grade 12 they’re ready to organize their own activity. Woodstock’s Activity Week is the stuff of which life is made – learning, discovery, friendship, challenge, service, responsibility, adventure.

Woodstock School Activity Week

Art & Craft, around Mussoorie, Uttarakhand KG & 1st Grade
Places of worship, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 2nd & 3rd Grade
Village Life 4th & 5th Grade
Shivpuri, Rishikesh 6th Grade
X-Terra, Maldevta, Uttarakhand 7th Grade
White-water Expedition Ganga, Rishikesh 8th Grade
Village Kanthar Gaon, Uttarakhand 9th Grade
Village Jaripani, Uttarakhand 9th Grade
Village Chopdiyal Gaon, Uttarakhand 9th Grade
Village Chukhal, Uttarakhand 9th Grade
Trek Rupin - Supin, Uttarakhand 10th Grade
Trek Ruinsara Tal, Uttarakhand 10th Grade
Trek Kedar Kantha, Uttarakhand 10th Grade
Trek Baiya Top, Uttarakhand 10th Grade
Dodital Expedition, Uttarakhand 10th Grade
Corbett: Adventure camp, Uttarakhand 11th Grade
Service at GEMS School, Uttarakhand 11th Grade
French Language Trip, Pondicherry 11th Grade
Water Conservation, Alwar 11th Grade
Community Engagement, Mukteshwar 11th Grade
Art Trip - Ajanta Ellora 11th Grade
Rafting Expedition, Rishikesh 11th Grade
Rafting Expedition, Rishikesh 12th Grade
Kaza - Manali Cycling Expedition 12th Grade
Dharmasala, Himachal Pradesh 12th Grade
Udaipur, Rajasthan 12th Grade
Gangtok, Sikkim 12th Grade

Please visit Woodstock School to learn more about our Enrichment Programmes.