ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is offering programs this summer for youth ages 13 to 17 that give opportunities to learn trail building, backpacking, and other outdoor skills. Through the life lessons imparted by these programs, we hope to inspire a sense of stewardship in future environmental leaders. Check out the programs, listed below, and give us a call at 518-523-3441 if you have any questions.

1. A close up of a trail sign with hikers in the backgroundAdvanced Teen Backpacking (June 28-July 3)

Take your backpacking skills to new heights by leading a 45-mile backpacking trip over five days through a gorgeous section of the Northville-Placid Trail in the High Peaks Wilderness. Participants will learn valuable outdoor skills in backpacking, and make some great friends along the way. For teens ages 15 to 17. Learn more here.

2. Discover the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship Program (July 21-25)

Have a budding interest in aquatic ecology? Spend five days in the Ausable River Watershed studying ecosystems with ADK. Along the way you’ll learn about the complex, interconnected ecology of the Adirondacks, and how we can be better stewards in order to protect it. Nights are spent at ADK’s Education Yurt Village in lean-tos. For teens ages 13-16. Learn more here.

3. Johns Brook Valley Teen Adventure (July 30 – August 2)

Explore Johns Brook Valley’s mountains, streams and lean-tos while building friendship, camaraderie and outdoor skills in the Adirondack backcountry. Participants will get to hike Adirondack high peaks while learning skills to become proficient backpackers. For teens ages 14-17. Learn more here.

Four people use rock bars to pry a boulder4. High School Volunteer Trail Projects (Various Dates)

Build a trail, and your skills! Help ADK at one of several locations around the Adirondacks as we work to maintain and construct hiking trails. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn camping fundamentals, as they will spend a week in the backcountry at the project sites. Learn more here.

Can’t afford one of these programs? Apply for one of our scholarships.