NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Winter Carnival returns Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, reviving a long-standing tradition that celebrates Vermont’s longest season with student campus life and local family fun.

The carnival features a sledding party, guided snowshoeing, ice skating, a snow sculpture contest, a World Cow scavenger hunt and much more.

The public is invited to visit campus for those activities and a story walk on Paine Mountain at noon Saturday and a pajama fun run at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.


Friday, Feb. 11:
7 to 10 p.m., Wise Campus Center Green
• Ice skating and bonfire
• Light Up The Night dance party
• Men’s varsity hockey vs. Elmira College 7 p.m., Kreitzberg Arena

Saturday, Feb. 12:
Plumley Armory
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Club Palooza, NU World Cow raffle, World Cow scavenger hunt
• 1 to 3 p.m. Sugar on Snow
• 1 to 4 p.m. Cornerstone Burger Co.
• 2 to 4 p.m. The Grenadiers Jazz Band
Shaw Outdoor Center
• noon to 4 p.m. Sledding party, bonfire and hot chocolate
• noon to 4 p.m. Guided snowshoeing
• noon to 4 p.m. Self-guided story walk
Wise Cmapus Center green
• noon to 4 p.m. Ice skating
Varsity athletics
• 1 p.m. Women’s basketball vs. Dean College, Andrews Hall Gym
• 3 p.m. Men’s basketball vs. Dean College, Andrews Hall Gym
• 4 p.m. Men’s hockey vs. Hobart College, Kreitzberg Arena
Club Hockey
• 7 p.m. Men’s club hockey — White Out the Rink! Senior Night – Kreitzberg Arena
Mack Hall Auditorium
• 7:30 p.m. “Cry Havoc!,” a one-person play performed by military veteran Stephan Wolfert about challenges faced by veterans and the role of theater as inspired by William Shakespeare in reintegration to civilian life.

Sunday, Feb. 13:
• 9 a.m. Pajama or Onesie Fun Run, Plumley Armory
• 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. World Cow Scavenger Hunt, campus and Northfield.
• noon, Snow Sculpture Contest conclusion, Wise Campus Center


— Story Walk
Visit the Shaw Outdoor Center for a self-guided story walk up Paine Mountain. The Story Walk starts at the Shaw Outdoor Center and leads readers up the Blue Trail to the sledding party. It’s a 10-minute walk, probably 20 if you‘re reading along the way. (Story walk, provided by the Brown Public Library, will be set up Friday, Feb.11 to Monday, Feb.14, 2022).

— Pajama or Onesie Family 5K run/walk
Join us Sunday, Feb. 13, for the inaugural Pajama or Onesie 5K run/walk. Roll out of bed and bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning of moving. This will be a group 5K run starting at 9 a.m.; the walking group departs at 9:15 a.m. Norwich University’s cross-country team will lead the group run with history professor and Northfield resident Rowland Brucken and local Runderachievers. The run starts and ends at Plumley Armory.

—Group run:
Theme: Pajama or Onesie
Group run: 9 a.m.
Group walk: 9:15 a.m.
Prize: Each participant will be entered in a drawing to win prizes.
Register here.

— World Cow: We’re all spots on the same cow
New this year, a record 100 World Cows will be hidden around campus and the Northfield crescent for carnivalgoers to find. Also, a special Norwich University World Cow will be raffled off to benefit The Veterans’ Place, a Northfield, Vermont, structured transitional home in which homeless veterans recover and rehabilitate.

See all the events. Please note that masks are required for all indoor events.

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Norwich University Campus Activities Board would like to thank the community partners who make these events possible:

• World Cow
• Brown Public Library
• Sodexo
• The Veterans’ Place of Northfield, Vermont.
• Northfield Police Department
• Follett Bookstore
• Northfield Recreation Board (snowshoe)
• Rudeeachivers
• Northfield Community Development Network
• Anchor Light Farm
• Norwich University cross-country team
• Earth Speakes
• Cornerstone
• Northfield Farmers Market
• Norwich University Uniform Store
• Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement
• Norwich University Counseling and Wellness Center

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About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge of the and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's Six Senior Military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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