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.
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.
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
Northern Forest Explorer Jack Skiff wrote about his participation on trips in the Adirondacks in LOCALadk Magazine Spring 2014. Read about Jack’s experience.
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.
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.
The cost is $550 per participant. Partial and full scholarships are available.