This page is meant to provide you with all the information you need to know about AESOP: Bates’ “Annual Entering Student Outdoor Program.” AESOP is a student-run organization that enables two excited upperclass student leaders to continue the welcome of first-year students to life at Bates throughout the course of a 4 day, 3 night trip. These trips include everything from hiking to community service and take place all over Maine and New Hampshire. Through stories and guidance, your AESOP leaders will help clarify expectations in the classroom to long-lasting campus traditions, all while cultivating valuable friendships before the year even begins. Feel free to roam around the site, look up what trips we have to offer, read their descriptions, learn about the history of AESOP, and see what we’re all about! You can find the perfect trip by following the link: “What Trip Should I Choose” and, when the time comes, you’ll be ready to sign up for your trip preferences.  All entering students will participate in an AESOP trip. Fall athletes will participate at the discretion of their coaches, so athletes should check with their respective coach to see if they are able to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Please submit your payment for AESOP using the AESOP Payment Form.


 AESOP Schedule 2016

August 31st – Meet your leaders!

September 1st – All trips depart

September 4th – All trips return


Connect with AESOP!

Check in with last year’s AESOP blog to learn more about the program!

We keep a blog every spring and summer sharing some stories from the coordinators and our student leaders to tell a bit about what we’ve been up to on our end and how the inner-workings of AESOP are going. With the new year well underway, we have finally begun blogging again to keep you updated on where we are in the AESOP planning process. If you’d like to follow what we’ve been up to, check in on our blog as we’ll be posting to it as often as we can in the coming months.

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We have a Facebook page too!

Wanna see what an AESOP trip is like?