Adirondack Discovery

Adirondack Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

For our youngest students, discover the Adirondacks and surrounding upstate New York in this perfect introduction to the outdoors, specifically designed for 5th and 6th graders. Our Adirondack Discovery offers a variety of daytime hikes and paddles in the Empire state’s most beautiful settings.

13 Days

$3,495

  • June 29th - July 11th
  • July 14th - 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 our first campground at Luzerne State Park. You’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy your first group meal together, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, you’ll take the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths. In the afternoon, you’ll be taking the Adirondacks in the air with 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 3-4

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 beginnings of American history and the role of the “Old French Fort”. 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. The next day, you’ll go stand up paddle boarding around the gorgeous shores of Mirror Lake.

Day 5

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. Once at the top, the views and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable.

Day 6-7

The following day, 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. From there, you’ll take full advantage of the proximity of the Adirondacks to the historic Lake Placid. You’ll take a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and The Wild Center.

Day 8-9

You’ll give your legs a rest that 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 full of a variety of ponds, short portages, and an abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

Day 10-11

There’s more water to come over the next few days. You’ll take a day to bike around the Lake Durant State Park and test your team work and zip-lining skills in another aerial adventure! Then, you’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge!

Day 12-13

On 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. 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. Early the next morning, it’s back to Albany.

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 our first campground at Luzerne State Park. You’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy your first group meal together, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, you’ll take the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths. In the afternoon, you’ll be taking the Adirondacks in the air with 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 3-4

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 beginnings of American history and the role of the “Old French Fort”. 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. The next day, you’ll go stand up paddle boarding around the gorgeous shores of Mirror Lake.

Day 5

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. Once at the top, the views and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable.

Day 6-7

The following day, 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. From there, you’ll take full advantage of the proximity of the Adirondacks to the historic Lake Placid. You’ll take a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and The Wild Center.

Day 8-9

You’ll give your legs a rest that 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 full of a variety of ponds, short portages, and an abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

Day 10-11

There’s more water to come over the next few days. You’ll take a day to bike around the Lake Durant State Park and test your team work and zip-lining skills in another aerial adventure! Then, you’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge!

Day 12-13

On 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. 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. Early the next morning, it’s back to Albany.