Youth Program Open House at Paul Smith’s College

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – On Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm, representatives from Northern Forest Canoe Trail NFE 2011 Saranac/Tupper Lakewill be at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Information Center (VIC) telling stories from their successful youth program, Northern Forest Explorers, and encouraging registration for trips this summer. All interested parents, kids, and community individuals are invited.

Northern Forest Explorers is the signature youth program of Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  According to Program Director Roger Poor, beginning in June, twenty week-long trips will take place in the four states of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Trips will take place in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Two-hundred and twenty five youth, aged 10–14, from communities along the Trail will be given an opportunity to take part in the trips. Participants learn basic paddling and outdoor skills, environmental and ecological relationships, and the fundamentals of leadership on five-day adventures. All trips are guided by local outfitters.

Three trips will take place in the Adirondacks this summer: Old Forge/Long Lake region, Tupper Lake/Saranac Lake region, and the Plattsburgh area.  Attendees to the open house will have an opportunity to register for upcoming trips.

The open house will include refreshments, and past Northern Forest Explorer participants who will share their stories and excitement.  In addition, local writer and filmmaker Mike Lynch will be on hand to show his film highlighting his 2011 trip in which he paddled the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

For more information about this event contact Roger Poor at


The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.

To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit or call 802-496-2285.

Media Contact:  Kevin Mack, Director of Partnerships and Marketing
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
802 535-5855,


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