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.

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

And Into the Forest We Go (2021)
Rendezvous on the Raquette (2019)
5 days on the Saranacs with the Northern Forest Explorers (2019)
Peek into the Life of a Northern Forest Explorer (2016)
Jack Skiff’s LOCALadk Story (2014)

Explore the Adirondacks

Matt Burnett Guiding will once again offer week-long team building trips this summer!

As in previous few years, we will be closely examining CDC and New York State COVID-19 requirements and maintaining protocols that keep us in compliance. More information on this front will be shared as summer draws near.

We are happy to announce that we are offering two new trips this year: a new route from Upper Saranac to Tupper Lake and a backpacking trip along the Cold River, exploring Ouluska Pass and Noah John Rondeau country. Because our repeat campers are getting older, stronger and more skilled, we designed this trip with the older participants in mind, to keep everybody challenged and seeing new parts of the Adirondacks. We really encourage past participants and older kids to prioritize enrolling in this particular trip.

Trip A: The Raquette River Classic, Long Lake to Crusher, July 4-8. The classic trip from Long Lake Boat Launch, through Long Lake and down the Raquette River. 30 miles of paddling and a 1.25 mile carry, part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that gets wilder and wilder the further you get from town. Open to participants of all skill levels. (Recommended ages: 10-15)

Trip B: The Tri-lakes Challenge (NEW), Upper Saranac to Tupper Lake, July 11-15. This trip begins on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and follows the Raquette River via Stoney Creek Ponds past the Crusher out to Tupper Lake. The paddling adventure will include a variety of paddling situations, from river to two of the larger lakes in this region. Open to participants of all skill levels. (Recommended ages: 10-15)

Trip C: The Ouluska Pass Challenge (NEW), Upper Works to Long Lake, hiking trip, Aug. 1-5. This hiking trip begins at the Upper Works Trailhead, one of the major access points to the Adirondack High Peaks. After a day hike into Duck Hole, the trip will follow the Cold River for 12 miles as it winds towards the Raquette River. We will be traveling through the area that the hermit Noah John Rondeau lived in, so there will be opportunity for side trips as we look for signs of him and the Santa Clara Lumber company up in Ouluska Pass. This trip is intended for older and more experienced participants, who are ready to put their skills and physical fitness to the test. (Recommended ages: 13 and older)

The cost per participant per trip is $575. There is a limited amount of scholarship money available; use the links below to apply.

Scholarship Form (Online)
Scholarship Form (PDF)

For more information, call (518) 524-6441 or email [email protected].


Explore Northern Vermont

NorthWoods Stewardship Center: Canoe Camp

Aug. 1-5
Age: 9-16

NorthWoods’ Canoe Camp takes a turn this summer to explore the many types of water paddling available in the Northeast Kingdom. Now as a day camp with one overnight experience on the last night of camp, our days will be filled with trips to ponds, lakes, and rivers that will give paddlers a wide range of water experiences. Learn to perfect your strokes, how to stay safe in the water, and freshen up your back country camping skills in this fun, exploration themed camp. On Thursday night we’ll spend the evening along the shores of the Connecticut River giving us the opportunity to practice camp craft and observe the transitions of life on the river from day to night. All skill levels are welcome.

Day camp, with overnight on Thursday.

Drop-off/Pickup: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Overnight Thurs., Pick up Fri. 4pm

Cost: $600

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Earth Sisters Camp

Aug. 8-12
Ages: 8 – 14

We are excited to offer a classic NorthWoods all-girls experience again this year. This camp will emphasize teamwork and creativity, survival skills, arts and crafts, and nature exploration and interpretation on and off-campus. Facing new experiences and challenges as a team, girls will learn how to lift each other up and explore their own strengths. Tall mountains and swimming holes beware, the Sisters are ready to explore and cool off! This year, the camp will be structured as a day camp with an overnight mountain campout on the last night of camp that will give the Sisters an opportunity to share stories over the fire, celebrate, and reflect on the week’s experiences and the relationships made with nature and one another. Tap into your natural side and become an Earth Sister! This camp fills up fast so register early!

Day camp. Overnight on Thursday.

Drop-off/Pick-up: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Overnight Thurs., Pick up Fri. 4pm

Cost: $500

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Woods & Waters Day Camp

Aug. 15-19
Ages: 6 – 14

Join us in this week that celebrates what it means to be part of the NorthWoods Experience! Centered around scientific exploration and building up outdoor skills, in this camp we’ll explore the Clyde River ecosystem via canoe, swim daily in local waterbodies, hike a nearby peak, practice survival skills like fire and shelter building, work as a team through the challenge course, and dig deep into the habitat of the woods and water at the NorthWoods campus. This is a great day camp that checks off all of the boxes – your child is sure to enjoy the variety of activities offered!

Day camp.

Drop-off/Pick-up: Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm

Cost: $350

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Explore the North Country

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Explore the Northern Woods

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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.