There are still spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks.
The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake and Adirondack guide Matt Burnett, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear.
The first trip takes place from July 8 to 12. This 5-day paddle trip starts at the Saranac Inn state boat launch and continues through the Saranac Chain of Lakes to Lake Flower. This scenic paddling trip will also include a hike up Ampersand Mountain to take in the spectacular views.
The second trip takes place from July 22 to Aug 26. On this 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, kids will explore Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers.
Partial and full scholarships are given to children who live in the counties bordering the trail and cannot afford the cost ($550) of the trip.
Ten children go on each trip.
For more information about the Adirondack trips, contact Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake at (518) 359-3228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about the trips can be found here.
Photo of a 2018 Northern Forest Explorers’s trip in the Adirondacks by guide Matt Burnett.