Northern Forest Explorers - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail


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P.O. Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Phone 802-496-2285
Fax 802-329-2239

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Northern Forest Explorers


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Register Online or Download a Summer 2015 Registration Form to return by email, fax or mail.

Trips are open to all young people ages 10–14 with the exception of three Maine trips that are open to Maine residents only. Whether you live along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail or have always wanted to give your child a life affirming adventure far from home, Northern Forest Explorers is for you. We've brought smiles to hundreds of young people over the years and it would be our honor to host your child on a trip this summer.

2015 Trip Schedule

June 22–26  Whitewater on the Androscoggin RiverNFE Androscoggin

A 5-day adventure that includes paddling Class III rapids in a kayak. You’ll also explore the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, home to eagle, bear and loon in Coös County, New Hampshire. Trip guide: Great Glen Outfitters

June 29–July 3   The Mighty Connecticut

Explore the Connecticut River on a 5-day paddle that will take you through quickwater as well as wide, meandering bends rich in wildlife and sandy beaches. Trip guide: Northwoods Stewardship Center.

July 6–10 Heart of the AdirondacksNFE fishing

A 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River in New York. Explore beautiful Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers. Trip guide: Raquette River Outfitters.

July 13–17  Northeast Kingdom Wild

Paddle the wild waters of the Clyde River in Vermont’s incredible Northeast Kingdom. Unique wetlands wildlife and history await. Trip guide: Northwoods Stewardship Center.

July 20–24  Western Maine’s Mountains*NFE kayaking

A 5-day trip of incredible paddling in Maine’s High Peaks Region. Flagstaff Lake will be your base for this popular trip. *Note: This trip is open to residents of Maine only, and ages 12-14. Trip guide: Adventure Bound.

July 20-24 Casco Bay Coastal Adventure*

Explore Cow Island on the coast of Maine including challenge course elements, zip line, tide pooling beaches, climbing wall, and sea kayaking. After learning basic sea kayaking skills, the group will camp on remote islands in Casco Bay where you will learn wilderness camping and cooking skills. *Note: This trip is open to residents of Maine ages 12-14 only. Trip guide and partner:  Ripple Effect.

July 27–31  Maine’s Lake and MountainsNFE tree

Experience the lakes and mountains of the Rangeley region of Western Maine and along the New Hampshire border.  Richardson Lake and Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge will be your camp among the stars and loons. Trip guide: Adventure Bound.

 July 27–31  Adirondack Lakes

Join us for incredible paddling in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The trip begins on Blue Mountain Lake, then heads to Raquette Lake and Forked Lake. Incredible scenery and history.  Some fine hikes to some killer views are also part of this adventure. Trip guide:  Raquette River Outfitters.

Aug. 3–7  Missisquoi Fishing Adventure

Join us for a very special 5-day trip where fishing skills will be taught in beautiful northern Vermont on the Missisquoi River.  Incredible paddling and a chance you may catch the big one! Trip guide: Montgomery Adventures.

Aug. 3–7  Thoreau's MaineNFE trip

The West Branch of the Penobscot is the location for an incredible 5-day paddle in a land that Henry David Thoreau memorialized in his novel The Maine Woods - an adventure for all! Trip guide:  Adventure Bound.

Aug. 10–14 Maine's Wild Allagash*

An incredible trip in one of the wildest areas in the eastern US on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  Umsaskis Lake to Twin Brook. *Note: This trip is open to residents of Maine only aged 10-14. Trip guide: Maine Winter Sports Center.


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Northern Forest Explorers: For youth ages 10-14.  Participants go on five-day paddling trips that support outdoor educational experiences, healthy lifestyles, cultivate leadership and teamwork skills, and fosters an understanding of the natural environment.

Program Purpose:  To provide young people an opportunity to develop lasting skills and relationships with the outdoors through recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Personal Account: Northern Forest Explorer Jack Skiff wrote about his participation on trips in the Adirondacks in LOCALadk Magazine Spring 2014. Read about Jack's experience.  

Get Involved: Contact us to learn more about Northern Forest Explorers and how you can help connect our young people to the great outdoors.

Contact: Kevin Mack, 802-535-5855, kevin@northernforestcanoetrail.org