Adirondack Discovery

Adirondack Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

Discover the Adirondacks and surrounding upstate New York in this perfect introduction to the outdoors, specifically designed for our youngest students. Our Adirondack Discovery trip offers a variety of daytime hikes and paddles in the Empire State’s most beautiful settings.

14 Days

$3,495

  • June 27th - July 10th
  • July 13th - July 26th
  • Albany, New York

Day 1-2

You will arrive in Albany, meeting all of your fellow adventurers, each of whom will be just as excited as you are to get the adventure underway. With your group, you’ll travel to your first campground at Luzerne State Park. You’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy your first group meal, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, you’ll explore the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths. In the afternoon, you’ll be in the air working your way through a tree top adventure ropes course! You’ll get loaded up with proper shoes, harnesses, and equipment, learn the basics of knots and rope work, and do team-building activities.

Day 3-5

From here, you’re off to the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain area. You’ll have a fantastic visit at the 18th century Fort Ticonderoga and learn about the role of the “Old French Fort” in American history. You’ll go on a day hike in the Adirondacks and stay at one of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s most pristine campsites. It’ll be a wilderness haven.

You’ll head straight into your next group activity. You’ll learn to rock climb with the best guides in the area and hit the rocky crags for a full day of top-roping, traversing, and rappelling. Along side your trip mates, you’ll learn to belay each other and you’ll help push the entire group to whole new heights.

Day 6-7

The following day, you’ll take a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and The Wild Center.

After a few days getting to know the area, you’ll be ready to conquer your first real summit experience of the Adirondacks – a peak near the famous Adirondack Mountain Loj! You’ll practice map reading skills, leave no trace principles, and trail etiquette as you and your group make your way up to the summit of Cascade Mountain.  The views from the summit and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable.

 

Day 8-10

You’ll give your legs a rest the  next day and hit the water – canoeing Follensby Pond with your team! After learning the basics of your canoe equipment, you and your group will follow your guides on a route through a variety of ponds and short portages, keeping your eyes open to hopefully catch sight of the  abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

 

 

 

Day 11-12

There’s more water to come! You’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge! You’ll take a day to bike around Lake Durant State Park and test your teamwork and zip-lining skills in another aerial adventure! 

Day 13-14

For your final full day of this incredible adventure, you’ll hit the famous Battenkill River in an inflatable kayak, aka “a ducky”. From there, you’ll cross state lines into Vermont and experience the adaptable farming and forest programs at the local favorite Merck Forest and Farmland Center. That night, you’ll gather for a magnificent feast at your group’s final banquet. The following morning, it is time to bid farewell from the Albany airport. And although it’s always hard to say goodbye, at least you’ll never have to let go of your wonderful memories and all of the new friends you’ve made.

Day 1-2

You will arrive in Albany, meeting all of your fellow adventurers, each of whom will be just as excited as you are to get the adventure underway. With your group, you’ll travel to your first campground at Luzerne State Park. You’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy your first group meal, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, you’ll explore the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths. In the afternoon, you’ll be in the air working your way through a tree top adventure ropes course! You’ll get loaded up with proper shoes, harnesses, and equipment, learn the basics of knots and rope work, and do team-building activities.

Day 3-5

From here, you’re off to the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain area. You’ll have a fantastic visit at the 18th century Fort Ticonderoga and learn about the role of the “Old French Fort” in American history. You’ll go on a day hike in the Adirondacks and stay at one of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s most pristine campsites. It’ll be a wilderness haven.

You’ll head straight into your next group activity. You’ll learn to rock climb with the best guides in the area and hit the rocky crags for a full day of top-roping, traversing, and rappelling. Along side your trip mates, you’ll learn to belay each other and you’ll help push the entire group to whole new heights.

Day 6-7

The following day, you’ll take a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and The Wild Center.

After a few days getting to know the area, you’ll be ready to conquer your first real summit experience of the Adirondacks – a peak near the famous Adirondack Mountain Loj! You’ll practice map reading skills, leave no trace principles, and trail etiquette as you and your group make your way up to the summit of Cascade Mountain.  The views from the summit and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable.

 

Day 8-10

You’ll give your legs a rest the  next day and hit the water – canoeing Follensby Pond with your team! After learning the basics of your canoe equipment, you and your group will follow your guides on a route through a variety of ponds and short portages, keeping your eyes open to hopefully catch sight of the  abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

 

 

 

Day 11-12

There’s more water to come! You’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge! You’ll take a day to bike around Lake Durant State Park and test your teamwork and zip-lining skills in another aerial adventure! 

Day 13-14

For your final full day of this incredible adventure, you’ll hit the famous Battenkill River in an inflatable kayak, aka “a ducky”. From there, you’ll cross state lines into Vermont and experience the adaptable farming and forest programs at the local favorite Merck Forest and Farmland Center. That night, you’ll gather for a magnificent feast at your group’s final banquet. The following morning, it is time to bid farewell from the Albany airport. And although it’s always hard to say goodbye, at least you’ll never have to let go of your wonderful memories and all of the new friends you’ve made.