Teen and Young Adult ProgramsAdvanced Teen Backpacking
Teens (ages 15-17) with backpacking experience: Take your backpacking to the next level by helping to plan, execute and lead a 45-mile backpacking trip along the Northville-Placid Trail.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center/Field
Cost: $500 (members receive 10% discount); includes transportation during the course, meals, and use of group equipment.
Scholarships are available to cover the participation fee.
Discovering the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship ProgramJuly 16-20Discovering the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship Program is a five-day, four-night adventure in camping and aquatic stewardship for teens age 14-17. Participants will explore the Ausable River watershed, while learning about aquatic ecology and participating in water quality experiments. Have fun with peers while developing your paddling skills and learning the intricacies of physical, chemical and biological sampling techniques. Participants will camp in a lean-to at Heart Lake’s Wilderness Campground while taking day trips to places along the Ausable River. This program is a partnership of ADK and the Ausable River Association (AsRA).
Cost: $75 refundable course fee is required at the time of acceptance to the program. The fee will be refunded after the successful completion of an action plan.
Application: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You can apply by sending an application to ADK's Education Programs Coordinator Seth Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at PO Box 867, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.
Johns Brook Valley Teen AdventureJuly 23-26
This four-day, three-night camping adventure is for teens ages 14 to 17. Explore Johns Brook Valley’s mountains, streams and lean-tos while we build friendship, camaraderie and outdoor skills in the Adirondack backcountry. Participants will experience hiking high peaks and learning the skills to become a proficient backpacker.
Cost: $300 (Members receive 10% discount)
; includes instruction, transportation during the course, all meals, and use of group equipment (tents, stoves, cook sets, etc.).Register NowScholarships
are available to cover the participation fee.Young Member Johns Brook Lodge TakeoverSeptember 9-11
ADK’s young members (20s & 30s) are taking over Johns Brook Lodge! Enjoy the comforts of the backcountry lodge, make new friends, and explore the Johns Brook Valley and High Peaks Region.
Location: Johns Brook Lodge/Field
Cost: $165 (members receive 10% discount); includes 2 nights lodging, meals, and guided hike options.Register Now
Custom Guided Hikes
Do the scheduled group hikes not fit into your schedule? ADK does offer custom guided trips and programs to fit your needs.