Our mission is to be a world renowned outdoor and environmental education centre that helps in developing responsible citizens by exploring and celebrating the Himalayan environment through physical activity, art, literature, environmental ethics and leadership training
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 165 years in the Himalaya.
Hanifl Centre was built to extend the School’s curriculum and to provide a facility and programmes through which students and visitors can learn about the Himalaya and develop their skills and knowledge in outdoor education.
Hanifl Centre resources include classrooms for study, maps, library, audiovisual material, scientific equipment as well as hiking, camping and climbing equipment. Outside the classroom, students develop projects, take part in nature hikes and participate in local field trips. All programmes are customized to suit the requirements of visiting students and faculty.
Designed as a model environment friendly building, Hanifl Centre incorporates a passive solar space-heating system and an active solar water-heating system. The Centre also acts as a consultant to Woodstock School staff across disciplines to develop appropriate experiential learning opportunities. In addition to building a resource of teaching materials, Hanifl Centre networks with experts from outside the school to provide additional curricular enrichment.
Hanifl Centre actively engages with local communities in service learning projects and outdoor leadership training for youth. It contributes to the sustainable development of the region by engendering an appreciation and understanding of the Himalayan environment to future leaders. Schools, colleges and universities from around the world visit Hanifl Centre for a variety of programmes.
We are ever grateful for the generous contributions from Woodstock Alumni that have enabled these wonderful facilities to be available for future generations.
Coordinates: 30°27’7″N 78°6’33″E
Altitude: 7000 ft / 2130 m
Distance from Woodstock School Main Gate: 1.2 Km
Nearest Town: Mussoorie 3 km
Nearest Railhead: Dehradun – 38 Km
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant –74 Km
Our dedicated and professional staff are responsible for developing, coordinating and facilitating outdoor education and environmental study programmes. Our team consists of certified outdoor educators with decades of experience.
K. Krishnan Kutty
Kutty joined Hanifl Centre in 2009. He has trekked extensively across the Himalaya and is an accomplished mountaineer having summited numerous peaks in the Indian Himalaya...READ MORE
Head of Programmes
Akshay joined Hanifl Centre in the summer of 2015 to provide operational & programming support. With more than two decades of experience in the outdoors includng trekking across...READ MORE
Asst. Dir. Mountain Festival
Renu Oberoi is a trained Wilderness First Aid instructor who works at Hanifl Centre on special projects. She loves hiking in the mountains and is passionate about the performing arts...READ MORE
Gaurav is an outdoor educator with more than 20 years of experience. He is a certified NOLS instructor since 2008, actively involved in teaching and leading...READ MORE
Vishal Negi is a NOLS certified Trip Leader and a Wilderness First Responder from Aerie Backcountry Medicine. Over the last five years, he has trekked extensively...READ MORE
Ramesh, Pravesh & Ravinder
Essential to the success of our programmes and the daily needs of our guests are the efforts of Ramesh Chand. Ramesh is Hanifl Centre’s office assistant and contributes towards...READ MORE
Hanifl Centre is a well designed campus that offers a safe and healthy learning environment. It provides home comfort for up to 40 students and teachers.
The campus includes a campground, conference room, library and high speed
facilities. Accommodation for up to 32 adults is available in bunk beds in the dormitory. In
addition there are 4 twin sharing guest rooms with attached bathroom/toilet. The kitchen and
spacious dining room are able to comfortably cater to the needs of visiting groups. The
campus has security 24×7 with access to Woodstock School’s Health Centre, ambulance service
and nearby Landour Community Hospital.
The Centre strives to make the best use of its unique location by providing a variety of educational and environmentally conscious programmes through treks, service projects, organic farming, language classes and homestays making it an ideal venue for hosting programmes
Our classrooms equipped with audio-visual facilities accompanied by the Dick Wechter resource library, computer lab, uninterrupted high speed broadband internet, 24-hour power backup and full office support, provide ample opportunities for classroom based learning.
Our campus includes The Burgoyne & Fairy Glen campgrounds, Dr R.L. Fleming Nature Trail and Turner Organic Garden are living classrooms that provide opportunities for hands-on learning.
Our inventory of high quality trekking, camping and climbing equipment including tents, rucksacks, all weather sleeping bags, camping stoves and much more, allowing us to cater up to 150 people on safe outdoor programmes.