Northern Forest Explorers

Overnight adventures for kids ages 9-15 on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Spend four-to-six days exploring the Northern Forest, paddling, camping, learning outdoor and leadership skills. Meet new friends, discover new talents and fall in love with the natural wonders of the Adirondack Park in New York, northern Vermont, New Hampshire’s North Country or Maine’s North Woods.

Great trips from proven guides focused on youth experience

A skilled and trusted set of outfitters have led Northern Forest Explorers trips for many years. Check out the list of trips below. Sign up contact the outfitter directly.

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Scholarships Available

Through generous support from individual donors and grant funders, Northern Forest Canoe Trail has a limited number of partial and full scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form.

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!

Northern Forest Explorer Stories

A 2016 Peek into the Life of a Northern Forest Explorer

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

Trip Descriptions

Explore the Adirondacks

Raquette River Outfitters

July 30 – Aug.3: Adirondack Lakes and Peaks

This 5-day paddle trip starts on Blue Mountain Lake and continues onto Raquette Lake and Forked Lake. This incredible scenic paddling trip will also include fun hikes to take in the panoramic views.

Ages 10-14


July 9-13: Heart of the Adirondacks

On this 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, kids will explore the beautiful Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers.

Ages 10-14

The cost  is $550 per participant. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Registration form

Contact: [email protected]

(518) 359-3228.

Apply for scholarships

Explore Northern Vermont

NorthWoods Stewardship Center

July 3-6 Clyde River Canoe Camp  

The Clyde River runs through Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Explore the river from its headwaters in Island Pond to the mouth at Lake Memphremagog. Paddlers will learn tricks of the trade for canoe journeys, from paddling skills to camp preparation. The Clyde winds through wetlands rich with unique plant and animal species, through scenic lakes and ponds featuring great fishing and a vivid cultural history.

Ages 9-13

The cost is $400. Full and partial scholarships available. First come, first served.

Contact: [email protected]

(802) 723-6551 *303

Registration and Information

Contact NorthWoods Stewardship Center to apply for scholarships


Montgomery Adventures

August 6-10 Wild & Scenic Missisquoi River

Take a 5-day trip down the National Wild & Scenic upper Missisquoi River and experience first-hand what makes this river special. Learn fishing techniques, find wild edibles, build fires, and develop other outdoor skills.

Ages 11-14

Contact: [email protected]

(802) 370-2103


Apply for scholarships

Explore the North Country

Great Glen Trails

July 30 – August 3, 2018 Whitewater and Wildlife New Hampshire

From the wildlife rich waters of Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge to the churning whitewater of the Upper Androscoggin River between Errol and Milan, NH, this trip includes both flatwater canoeing and whitewater kayaking while camping at remote wilderness campsites.

Ages 12-14

The cost is $700 per participant. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Contact: [email protected]

(603) 466-3988

Registration and information

Apply for scholarships


ELC Outdoors

June 25th to 29th

July 3rd to 7th

July 23rd to 27th

August 14th to 18th

Ride down the river through whitewater waves, climb in the trees on a 12-element ropes course, and paddle the calm water of Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore many different facets of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participants will gain a host of new skills, enhance their sense of adventure, and have FUN!

Ages 12-15

The cost is $695 per participant. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Contact: [email protected]


Registration and Information

Apply for scholarships

Explore the Northern Woods

Adventure Bound

  • Moose River Bow (4 Days)
  • Lobster Lake and Penobscot River (6 Days)

Explore western Maine’s secluded waterways on a canoeing adventure – from peaceful streams to pounding rapids. Maine has some amazing rivers – perfect for multi-day canoe trips – and our experienced guides know them all. Enjoy the white sand beaches of Lobster Lake and the exciting rapids of the West Branch Penobscot, or paddle Attean and Holeb ponds and make your way back to the start on the Moose River Bow Loop.Spot deer, moose, and eagles along the way.

Contact: [email protected]


Registration and information

Apply for scholarships


Outdoor Sports Institute

OSI operates trips for teens from the state of Maine.


July 14-18, 2018 Team OSI Summit, Millinocket, ME

Do you dream of adventure? Are you constantly seeking out opportunities to explore the outdoors and develop your skills and experience? Do you find yourself looking for likeminded adventurous friends?

You are invited to be a part of Team OSI – a community of peers that seek the outdoors and seek to share it with others. Join us this summer at our first-ever Team OSI Summit.

Contact[email protected]


Registration and Information


August 6-10, 2018 West Branch Whitewater Camp

Over the course of this camp you’ll learn to negotiate whitewater while discovering one of Maine’s most legendary waterways – the West Branch of the Penobscot.

Contact: [email protected]


Registration and Information


October 5-8, 2018, East Branch Canoe Camp

This course will take us down the historic Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail on the East Branch of the Penobscot River. On this classic Maine canoe trip you will practice the fundamentals of canoe tripping from prepping gear, packing food, and loading boats to working on canoe strokes, scouting rapids and portaging canoes. We’ll take in beautiful scenery during the peak of fall foliage and learn more about Maine’s newest national treasure, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Contact: [email protected]


Registration and Information

Videos of Past Trips





Thank You to our Partners who Provide Scholarship Support

Long Lake Lions, the Rod & Gun Club, H. King and Jean Cummings Trust, the DY Kids Fund, Cloudsplitter Foundation.