Spend a week outside paddling, camping, learning outdoor skills and testing yourself on adventure courses designed especially for you.
GET OUTSIDE Being outside is fun, but it’s a whole lot more! Studies show that spending time in nature improves health by lowering stress, and increasing vitamin D absorption, which helps fight certain illnesses. It increases concentration and helps kids be more active addressing obesity and depression. Kids benefit developmentally from being outside too: time spent in nature has been shown to improve creativity, problem solving and social skills. Help your kids get ahead: get them outside!
All kids ages 10-14 are eligible to participate.
Trips limited to 12 kids each, so sign up now before they fill up!
Pricing: Through generous support from the partner organizations and grant funders, we are able to offer this trip on a sliding scale between $0 - $500 depending on your household income and ability to pay.
Trips are open to all young people ages 10–14 with the exception of some 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 in 2016.
2016 Trip Schedule
June 27–July 1 Androscoggin River
From the wildlife rich waters of Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge to the churning whitewater of the Upper Androscoggin River between Errol and Milan, New Hampshire, this trip includes both flatwater canoeing and whitewater kayaking while camping at remote wilderness campsites. Trip Guide: Great Glen Outfitters.
July 5–8* Northeast Kingdom Wild
From its headwaters in Island Pond to its terminus in Lake Memphremagog, the Clyde River is made up of distinctive wetlands, flat and quick waters, and a history of legendary salmon runs and Native trade routes. Trip Guide: Northwoods Stewardship Center. *Note: July 5 is a Tuesday.
July 5–8* Moose River Bow Loop Trip
Explore Western Maine paddling on streams and lakes. Trip Guide: Adventure Bound. *Note: July 5 is a Tuesday.
July 11–15 Wildlife to Whitewater
From an aerial adventure ropes course to the wildlife rich waters of Lake Umbagog, this trip offers both exquisite vistas and high adventure. After paddling through the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and learning about wildlife and wilderness skills, the trip concludes with a day of whitewater rafting (Class II - IV depending on group’s technical ability). Trip Guide: ELC Outdoors
July 11–15 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.
July 18–22 The Mighty Connecticut
From the Class I rapids and quickwater of the northern reaches, to wide meandering stretches, this section of the Connecticut River, from Colebrook to Guildhall teems with soaring birds of prey, expansive views and prime riverside camping. Trip Guide: Northwoods Stewardship Center
July 18–22 Western Maine’s Mountains
A 5-day trip of incredible paddling in Maine’s High Peaks Region. Flagstaff Lake will be your base for this popular trip. Trip guide: Adventure Bound.
August 1–5 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
August 1–5 Thoreau's Maine*
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: Maine Winter Sports Center. *Note: This trip is open to residents of Maine only.
August 8–12 Richardson Lake Explorers
From an aerial adventure ropes course to the wildlife rich waters of Richardson Lake, this trip offers both exquisite vistas and high adventure. After paddling across Richardson Lake and learning about wildlife and wilderness skills, the trip concludes with a day of whitewater rafting (Class II - IV depending on group’s technical ability). Trip Guide: ELC Outdoors
July 25–29 Heart of the Adirondacks
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.
August 8–12 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. Trip guide: Maine Winter Sports Center.
NorthernForest 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.