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2019 Wildwood Teen Adventure Trip - Cadillac Mountain Sunset
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Wildwood Teen Adventure Trips immerse campers entering grades 9–12 in the natural wonders of the Northeast’s most beautiful areas. All trips focus on developing a love of the outdoors, but each trip takes a unique approach. A wide variety of trip options accommodate many interests and levels of outdoor experience.

Trips begin with a half day of team-building and orientation at Wildwood. Groups then travel to amazing locations throughout the Northeast. Along the way, campers participate in outdoor adventures, learn the basics of Leave No Trace camping and trekking, and meet with conservation professionals to participate in environmental study or service.

Groups are small and co-ed, with two leaders and 6–10 teens. Participants practice hands-on skills in conservation and outdoor living and develop knowledge of the region's natural history. Learn more >

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Our summer trips take teens on incredible adventures to New England's greatest outdoor places. Check out this year's trips below! 

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These treks are appropriate for teens with all levels of outdoor experience and good physical fitness.

Acadia Adventure
June 20–26

Breathe in the excitement of Maine’s Acadia National Park and enjoy spectacular coastal views. We’ll hike along the granite slopes of Cadillac Mountain and bike Bar Harbor’s famous carriage roads. Watch for whales, seals, eagles, and other wildlife while kayaking along coves and rocky shores. Spend the afternoon at one of the park’s scenic beaches and share stories of your adventures around a cozy campfire. 

This itinerary includes cycling; participants should be comfortable on a bicycle.

Paddling Vermont's Waterways
June 27–July 3

Explore the glacier-carved lowlands of the Vermont Piedmont afloat and afoot on this beginner canoe trek. We’ll begin with an afternoon of professional paddling instruction before loading up our canoes for a two-day float downriver to develop our Leave No Trace wilderness ethic and build outdoor skills. Once we’ve experienced the river valley by boat, we’ll strike out on foot to explore some of the ridges and peaks that surround it. 

Backpacking the Berkshires
July 4–10

Set off on some of the world's most famous footpaths as we explore the Berkshire and Taconic ranges during this intermediate backpacking trek. Trek over stunning mountains that dominate the skyline of Western Massachusetts, and take advantage of the endless opportunities for personal growth and meaningful time in nature with friends.

This itinerary includes five nights and four days of backpacking. Participants can expect to carry an internal frame pack weighing 35-45 pounds while traveling up to ten miles per day. This intermediate-level backpacking trip is appropriate for those with prior backpacking experience or for beginners with prior camping experience and good physical fitness.

Paddling the Pioneer Valley
July 11–17

Discover the Connecticut River and its tributaries as we canoe through Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Professional paddling instructors will take our skills to the next level as we visit oxbow lakes, secluded islands, and riverside Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. Learn about the ecology of the Connecticut River and keep an eye out for eagles, otters, and more.

This intermediate-level canoe trek is appropriate for beginners with prior camping or paddling experience.

Backpacking the Wild Whites
July 18–24

Hike across beautiful ridgelines and valleys in the White Mountains’ Pemigewasset Wilderness. On this challenging backpacking trip, we’ll summit several of New Hampshire’s famed 4,000-foot peaks and take in some of the best views New England has to offer.

This itinerary includes 30 miles of backpacking over approximately four days, hiking up to 10 miles per day. This challenging backpacking trip is appropriate for those with prior backpacking experience or beginners with significant camping and hiking experience and good physical fitness.

Maine Coast Kayaking
July 25–31

Venture out to sea to explore the scenic coves and bays of the Maine coast with professional sea-kayaking guides. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including seals, puffins, and maybe even a whale as we paddle to our island campsite. Learn the basics of kayaking and Leave No Trace camping as we travel the high seas and scenic beaches. Wrap up each day with a relaxing evening around the campfire with friends for an unforgettable adventure.

Discovering the Long Trail
August 1–7

Gear up for a week-long adventure along the ridge of Vermont’s Green Mountains on this inspiring trek. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country and traverses some of Vermont’s highest peaks, offering breathtaking vistas along the way. Teens will have the opportunity to learn and practice Leave No Trace camping skills and fortify their confidence to thrive in the backcountry as they trek through remote Vermont Wilderness.

This itinerary includes five nights and four days of backpacking. Participants can expect to carry an internal frame pack weighing 35-45 pounds while traveling up to ten miles per day. This intermediate-level backpacking trip is appropriate for those with prior backpacking experience or for beginners with prior camping experience and good physical fitness.

Caves & Waterfalls in the Pioneer Valley
August 8–14

Discover boulders, caves and waterfalls hidden throughout Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. This trek delves into the fascinating natural history of the area with a focus on geology and cave wildlife ecology. We’ll explore natural caves and waterfalls while learning about how these features formed and how they support the local ecology. There will be plenty of hiking and spelunking, not to mention a dip in a waterfall pool!