Northern Forest Explorers

Through the Northern Forest Explorers program, children aged 9-16 go on five-day paddling trips in the Northern Forest region. The trips are led by experienced guides and outfitters, who provide all of the essential camping and paddling gear. This program provides an opportunity for young people to develop lasting skills and relationships with the outdoors through recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Great Trips – New Model 

A skilled and trusted set of outfitters have led Northern Forest Explorers trips for many years. This year the businesses will work independently of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to offer even more trips along the trail. Check out the list of trips below. To sign up contact the outfitter directly.

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

Every year Northern Forest Explorers’ children share stories of their adventures. Below are links to a few of them.

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.

Join Us

  • Trips are available for kids ages 9-16.
  • Choose the trip for you from more than ten adventures offered by our partner outfitters
  • 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-served basis. To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form.

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.

2017 Trip Descriptions

New York Trip Descriptions

July 24-28   Heart of the Adirondacks New York

A 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, explore beautiful Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers. Ages 10-14

July 31-August 4   Adirondack Lakes and Peaks New York

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

Registration form for Adirondack trips can be found hereContact: [email protected]; (518) 359-3228  

Vermont Trip Descriptions

July 31-August 4 and August 7-11 Wild & Scenic Missisquoi Vermont

Take a 5-day trip down the newly designated 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

 

July 10-14  Connecticut River Canoe Adventure Vermont/NH

From the Class I rapids and quickwater of the northern reaches, to wide meandering stretches, this section of the CT River, from Colebrook to Guildhall teems with soaring birds of prey, expansive views and prime riverside camping. Explorers prepare for the journey at the NorthWoods campus, test their team on the challenge course, then head to the river. Ages 9 – 14

Contact: [email protected]; (802) 723-6551 *303

New Hampshire Trip Schedule

June 26-30   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 12-15.

Contact: [email protected]; (603) 466-3988

 

July 10-14  Connecticut River Canoe Adventure Vermont/NH

From the Class I rapids and quickwater of the northern reaches, to wide meandering stretches, this section of the CT River, from Colebrook to Guildhall teems with soaring birds of prey, expansive views and prime riverside camping. Explorers prepare for the journey at the NorthWoods campus, test their team on the challenge course, then head to the river. Ages 9 – 14.

Contact: [email protected]; (802) 723-6551 *303

 

 

 

North Country Adventure Camps – New Hampshire

July 10-14 (ages 13-16) Class III/IV Rafting

July 17-21 (ages 10-13) Class II Rafting

July 31-Aug 4 (ages 10-13) Class II Rafting

Aug 7-Aug 11 (ages 13-16) Class III/IV Rafting

Explore the NFCT on a North Country adventure! This program will take participants down the river through whitewater waves, in the trees on a 12-element ropes course, and on the calm water of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore many different facets of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740 mile water trail that follows Native American travel routes from New York to Canada. Participants will gain a host of new skills, enhance their sense of adventure, and have FUN!

Contact:  [email protected]; (603) 215-0002

Maine Trip Descriptions

August Allagash Trips Coming Soon

Thank You to our Partners who Provide Scholarship Support

Long Lake Lions, the Rod & Gun Club, H. King and Jean Cummings Trust, Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, Berlin Public Schools, Cloudsplitter Foundation, and The Pearsall Adirondack Foundation