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 (Updated for 2020)

June 28 – July 3 Connecticut River Canoe Camp: From the Class I rapids and quick water 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. The Connecticut River Canoe Camp provides an opportunity for young paddlers to experience life on the river. After an introductory night in the bunkhouse, campers will spend the week paddling and camping out along the river as we make our way downstream. This overnight camp is great for young explorers who are ready to spend a week away from home!

Ages: 9-14

Overnight Camp. Sunday-Friday

Drop Off Sunday at 4pm, Pick-up Friday at 1pm

$550

Contact: [email protected]

(802) 723-6551 *303

Registration and Information

Contact NorthWoods Stewardship Center to apply for scholarships

 

Montgomery Adventures

August 5-9 Wild & Scenic Missisquoi River (2019)

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

Overnight Camp. Monday-Friday
Drop Off Monday at 9am, Pick-up Friday at 3pm

$350

To register: [email protected]

(802) 326-2021

Apply for scholarships

Explore the North Country

NorthWoods Stewardship Center (Updated for 2019)

July 21-26 Connecticut River Canoe Camp: From the Class I rapids and quick water 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. The Connecticut River Canoe Camp provides an opportunity for young paddlers to experience life on the river. After an introductory night in the bunkhouse, campers will spend the week paddling and camping out along the river as we make our way downstream. This overnight camp is great for young explorers who are ready to spend a week away from home!

Ages: 9-14

Overnight Camp. Sunday-Friday

Drop Off Sunday at 4pm, Pick-up Friday at 1pm

$550

Contact: [email protected]

(802) 723-6551 *303

Registration and Information

Contact NorthWoods Stewardship Center to apply for scholarships

 

Great Glen Trails

July 16-20, 2019 Whitewater and Wildlife New Hampshire

Whitewater paddling. Details coming soon.

Ages 12-14

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

Contact: [email protected]

(603) 466-3988

Apply for scholarships

 

ELC Outdoors

June 25th to 26th

August 1st to 2nd

Introduction to whitewater

Ages 11-14

Partial and full scholarships are available.

Contact: [email protected]

603-215-0002

Registration and Information

Apply for scholarships

Explore the Northern Woods

Adventure Bound (2019)

  • 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]

888.606.7238

Registration and information

Apply for scholarships

 

Outdoor Sports Institute

OSI operates trips for teens from the state of Maine.

 

July 13-17, 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]

207-692-7321

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.