Northern Forest Explorers


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All trips are five-days in length, beginning on Monday (you may need to be onsite on Sunday) and ending on Friday.  Trip fee is $500 and includes all meals, equipment, guides, and educational instruction.  Full and partial scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.  View the registration packet for information on scholarship availability.

Pick your adventure!  Do you live in New York but always wanted to paddling Maine?  Sign up for a Main trip!  Live in Vermont and want to experience the Adirondacks?  Sign up for a New York trip!

From the Adirondacks to the Allagash, your child's summetime adventure awaits.

We've hosted over 300 kids on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and we're excited to host your child on an adventure of a lifetime this summer!

2015 trips:

June 22-26 Whitewater on the Androscoggin River
A five day adventure that includes paddling Class III rapids in a kayak. You'll also explore the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, home to eagle, bear and loon in Coos County, New Hampshire.  Our guide will be Great Glen Outfitters.

June 29-July 3 The Mighty Connecticut
Explore the Connecticut River on a five-day paddle that will take you through some quickwater as well as wide, meandering bends rich in wildlife and sandy beaches. Our guide and partner on this trip is Northwoods Stewardship Center.

July 6-10 Heart of the Adirondacks
A five day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River. Explore beautiful Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers. Our guide is Raquette River Outfitters.

July 13-17 Northeast Kingdom Wild
Paddle the wild waters of the Clyde River in Vermont's incredible Northeast Kingdom. Unique wetlands wildlife and history await. Our guide and partner on this trip is Northwoods Stewardship Center.

July 20-24 Western Maine's Mountains*
Five-days of incredible paddling in Maine's High Peaks region. Flagstaff Lake will be your base for this popular trip. * This trip is open to residents of Maine only aged 12-14. Our guide and partner for the trip is Adventure Bound.

July 20-24 Casco Bay Coastal Adventure*
Explore Cow Island on the coast of Maine including challenge course elements, zip line, tide pooling beaches, climbing wall, and sea kayaking. After learning basic sea kayaking skills, the group will camp on remote islands in Casco Bay where you will learn wilderness camping and cooking skills.* This trip is open to residents of Maine aged 12-14 only.

July 27-31 Maine's Lake and Mountains
Experience the lakes and mountains of the Rangeley region of Western Maine along the New Hampshire border. Richardson Lake and Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge will be your camp among the stars and loons. Our guide and partner for the trip is Adventure Bound.

July 27–31 Adirondack Lakes
Join us for incredible paddling in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The trip begins on Blue Mountain Lake, then heads to Raquette Lake and Forked Lake. Incredible scenery and history. Some fine hikes to some killer views are also part of this adventure. Trip guide: Raquette River Outfitters.

Aug. 3-7 Thoreau's Maine
The West Branch of the Penobscot is the location for an incredible five-day paddle in a land that Henry David Thoreau memorialized. An adventure for all. Our guide and partner for the trip is Adventure Bound.

Aug. 3-7 Missisquoi Fishing Adventure
Join us for a very special five-day trip where fishing skills will be taught in beautiful northern Vermont. Incredible paddling and a chance you may catch the big one! Our guide for the trip is Montgomery Adventures.

Aug. 10-14 Maine's Wild Allagash*
An incredible trip in one of the wildest areas in the eastern US on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Umsaskis Lake to Twin Brook. This trip is open to residents of Maine aged 10-14 only. Our guide and partner for this trip is Maine Winter Sports Center.


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This is your place to visit the friends you made, see pictures of yourself and other guys that were out at the same time doing the same things, hundreds of miles away on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Read what they wrote.Write something yourself and send that in.

Find out what your buddies have been up to, see what's going on in your own turf, check out a map of where you went.

For more fun: check out the photo galleries on each trip page and just put (don't click!) your cursor thingy on the picture to read what's happening.

So step into the boat (in the center, please! and holding both rails as you move while your partner holds the canoe steady with a paddle on the lake bottom or standing next to it and go for a trip!

Kid of the month

Invasive Species
Clyde River
Our kid got into more than he bargained for collecting millfoil. Recognize him?

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