Summer Activities

canoekidsCanoeing—NorthWoods’ private dock sits on a magnificent flat-water section of the Clyde River, an area home to an uncounted array of wetland communities, and is the launching point for many of our journeys.

From a short introduction to paddling, participants will practice their stroke through the wetlands, learning about this distinctive habitat which the State Natural Communities Ecologist has called one of the most remarkable wetland complexes in the state of Vermont.

Students will search the shores and waters for sign of wood ducks, osprey, beaver, moose and rainbow trout, to name a few species we may encounter.

We can also bring our canoes and paddling equipment to the water body of your choice!
Past guided trips have included the headwaters of the Clyde River to Pensioner Pond, the Barton and Black Rivers into Lake Memphremagog, the Connecticut River, or any of the Kingdom’s Lakes.

Hiking the Kingdom—This spring, NorthWoods published a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive Northeast Kingdom Mountain Trail Guide. NorthWoods’ staff know these Kingdom Trails intimately from more than a decade’s worth of trail maintenance performed by our Conservation Corps and habitat and species studies on trials throughout the region.

Visit the nest sites of the Peregrine Falcon atop Brousseau Mountain, or learn the history of Bald Mountain’s landmark fire tower as you enjoy a guided hike over the trails of the Kingdom. Contact Maria to arrange a guided hike or for more information on local trails.

Intro to Conservation: Trail Building and Maintenance – The NorthWoods Conservation Corps recruits local youth for paid training in conservation service, including the maintenance, construction, and restoration of local Kingdom trails and beyond. Take this practical introduction to trail building, learning the tools, techniques, and principles involved.

Adopt a trail and make your Class a Corps – here at NorthWoods or at your school!


Winter Activities

kidsskiCross-country skiing—We have a full fleet of cross-country skis and both groomed and backcountry trails to travel through this rolling terrain. NorthWoods trails are open to public use and rentals are available by walk-in or reservation.

NorthWoods staff are delighted to introduce both novice and veteran winter enthusiasts to the thirty-plus kilometers of trails on site.

Special discounts are available for school groups. Contact Maria to learn more!

Snowshoeing—Following the evolution of the snowshoe hare, human travel in winter terrain is made much more enjoyable with the use of snowshoes. Our groomed and backcountry trail systems are perfect for snowshoe exploration to study winter habitat and track wildlife through the forest.

Rentals available, discounts for school groups. Contact Maria

Custom Guided Trips

NorthWoods staff build the trails, maintain the waterways, and research the wildlife of the Northeast Kingdom. For personal, guided trips for your party, contact Maria or call 802.723.6551 *303.