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.

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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

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.

Explore the Adirondacks

Explore the Adirondacks

Raquette River Outfitters (Updated for 2020)

July 13 – 17: Fulton Chain of Lakes to Long Lake

This 5-day paddle starts in Old Forge and continues through the Fulton Chain of Lakes to the shores of Long Lake.  Kids will explore this historical waterway traveling a series of lakes, ponds and rivers through classic Adirondack scenery.

Ages 10-14

July 27-31: Heart of the Adirondacks

On this 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, kids will explore the beautiful Cold River, Raquette Falls, and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers. An optional side hike available if conditions are favorable. Trip starts in Long Lake and ends at the Raquette River Fishing Access Site.

Ages 10-14

The cost  is $575 per participant. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Registration form


(518) 359-3228.

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