What do I need to know?

What should I bring with me to Unity College to be successful in TERRAIN?


You can purchase these texts through the Unity College Campus Store (listed under IC 1010).

1. Halfpenny, J. C., & J. Bruchac (2001). Scats and Tracks of the Northeast. Falcon Guides.
ISBN: 978-1493009947

2. Richard Bullock (2019). The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 5th edition. Norton.
ISBN: 0393655776

3. Eric J. Simon, Jean L. Dickey, and Jane B. Reece (2018). Campbell Essential Biology, 7th edition (a 6th edition is also fine). Pearson.
ISBN-10: 0134765036

We won’t require any online activities or homework via the “Mastering Biology” package from the publisher, but you might opt for those packages if you think it will help you in your studies.

4. Sean Carroll (2019). The Story of Life: Great Discoveries in Biology. Norton.
ISBN: 978-0-393-68051-5 (available as an e-book or paperback – either is fine)


  • Rite in the Rain Weatherproof Field Notebook (available at the Unity College Campus Store) with a pencil or all-weather pen.
  • Laptop (If you don’t own a laptop, you can borrow one from the Dorothy Webb Quimby Library on campus. If you are considering purchasing a laptop and are unsure whether a Windows or Mac platform is a better choice, we encourage you to seek advice from your Team Leader. She can help you determine whether one platform or the other might be more compatible with software you are likely to need later in your intended career.)
  • Notebook/s and pens or pencils

Personal Items

  • Clothing appropriate for stream work: stream levels can be as high as mid-thigh, so waders or light-weight shorts with stable water shoes (NOT flip flops)
  • Clothing appropriate for outdoor activity in any weather condition: a good raincoat, waterproof boots suitable for muddy terrain, synthetic layers, gloves/mittens, hat, winter coat, and non-cotton socks.
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack for transporting notebooks, water bottle, extra clothing layers, etc. on day trips
  • Sunscreen and/or sun-protective clothing layers (including a hat)
  • Insect repellent (optional)
  • Sleeping bag (The Outdoor Adventure Center has some sleeping bags that you can borrow if you don’t own one. We recommend that students participating in TERRAIN bring their own if possible.)
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • One business casual outfit (suitable for the end-of-term presentation to community members).

I’m told I will need to give a presentation to business or community members at the end of the term and need a business casual outfit. What qualifies as business casual?

There are many descriptions of “business casual” available online. Below we have provided some guidelines to help you determine what will work best for you.

Do Wear:

  • Khakis or slacks
  • Dress or skirt
  • Shirt with collar
  • Blouse
  • Sweater
  • Sports jacket or blazer
  • Casual dress shoes such as Dockers or flats
  • Leather boots (but NOT work boots or hiking shoes)
  • Dark socks
  • Tights

NOTE: Shirts may be untucked only if they have a tailored hem. If shirts are tucked in, a belt should be worn.


  • Short skirts or dresses (generally, your hem should be no higher than 2” above the knee)
  • Jeans
  • Work boots or hiking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts or tank tops
  • Sweatshirts
  • Excessively wrinkled clothing
  • Clothing that is “see-through”