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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 21–27

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.

Explore the Appalachian Trail
June 28–July 4

Set off on one of the world’s most famous footpaths as we explore the Taconic range during this beginner backpacking trek. Trek over rugged mountains that dominate the skyline of western Massachusetts, and absorb stunning views of the Housatonic Valley, the Berkshires, and the Catskills. Take advantage of the endless opportunities for personal growth, and spend meaningful time in nature with friends.

This itinerary includes four days and three nights of backpacking. Participants can expect to carry an internal frame pack weighing 35–45 pounds while traveling up to eight miles per day.

Bike & Beach: Cape Cod
June 28–July 4

Visit two of New England’s premier coastal destinations on this trip. We’ll kayak in Barnstable Bay, explore the beaches and dunes of Cape Cod, and meet up with Mass Audubon naturalists to participate in hands-on conservation science projects such as tracking turtle nests or invasive species management. Next, we’ll travel to Nantucket Island to discover its marshes, beaches, and woodlands. Top off your trip with a bike ride through the heart of the island and a relaxing afternoon at the beach with friends. 

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

Paddling Vermont's Waterways
July 5–11

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.

Paddling the Pioneer Valley
July 12–18

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 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.

Maine Coast Kayaking
July 19–25

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.

High Peaks & Hidden Caves
July 26–August 1

Discover the high peaks and hidden caves of western Massachusetts and New York. This trek delves into the fascinating natural features of the area with a focus on geology and cave ecology. We’ll explore natural caves, summit Massachusetts’ highest peak, and visit museums, state parks, and Mass Audubon sanctuaries to learn 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!

Kayaking the Southern New England Coast
August 2–8

Paddle along the coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and learn the basics of sea-kayaking on this adventure-filled voyage. We’ll develop our paddling and navigation skills with professional guides as we explore the coves, tidelands, and islands of Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound. New England’s southern coast offers a huge variety of habitats and wildlife; keep a lookout for sea turtles, whales, and hundreds of species of birds that call this area home. 

New Hampshire Rocks!
August 2–8

Have the time of your life on this rock-climbing and hiking adventure in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We’ll spend the week learning the ropes with professional climbing guides and explore world-class climbing destinations in and around the White Mountain National Forest. Between climbs, we’ll discover the natural and cultural history of Franconia Notch, and enjoy stunning scenery as we hike and camp our way through the region.

Backpacking the Wild Whites
August 9–15

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 prior camping & hiking experience, and good physical fitness.

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This in-depth adventure is designed for campers looking for a more advanced trekking program. It requires a high level of physical fitness and is recommended for teens entering grades 10–12 with previous adventure-trip experience.

New England High Points
July 12–25

Explore the natural wonders of all six New England states—plus New York—as we attempt the tallest peak in each. The pursuit of state high points has a proud tradition, and the hikes to New England’s highest places present a wide variety of intensities, from a relaxing stroll on Rhode Island’s Jerimoth Hill to a challenging 15-mile hike and ascents of peaks like Katahdin in Maine. Between bagging peaks, we’ll enjoy activities like zip-lining, swimming, visiting with career naturalists, and taking in the beautiful New England scenery. At the end of our adventure, we will have proudly completed a regional high-point challenge and made friendships that will last a lifetime.