Kids!  Wilderness Trips This Summer 2022

Kids! Wilderness Trips This Summer 2022

Paddle, Backpack, Camp and sleep outside, cook over an open fire or stove, and see all the Wonders of Wilderness!  Trips range from local Adirondack adventures and Northern Forest Canoe trips to world class expeditions in Montana and Canada!  Scholarships are available through Adirondack Treks.  For additional information use the links below or contact Kelly Nessle. 

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Contact Kelly Nessle for additional information at 518-251-3739 or [email protected]
Participants must be Town of Johnsburg or Minerva residents

2022 Treks Summer Trips Flyer CLICK HERE!

Northern Forest Explorers Trips in the Adirondacks

Overnight adventures for kids ages 9-15 on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Spend four-to-six days exploring the Northern Forest, paddling, camping, learning outdoor and leadership skills. Meet new friends, discover new talents and fall in love with the natural wonders of the Adirondack Park in New York, northern Vermont, New Hampshire’s North Country or Maine’s North Woods.  Total cost $575. Four scholarships for $350 offered by Treks. For program information and other scholarship possibilities see website link below.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Website CLICK HERE!

Adirondack Mt. Club (ADK) Teen Trips in the Adirondacks

TREKS Kayaking 2015Several possibilities throughout late June to early August. Trail maintenance projects: $385 total; five Treks scholarships $150. Teen adventures: Advanced backpacking; Women in Wilderness; Paddling $599 total each; four Treks scholarships $325. ADK offers scholarships as well. More info follow the link below.

ADK Website, Teen Adventures CLICK HERE!



Montana Wilderness School
2-week backpacking/canoe rafting trips Bob Marshall Wilderness

Important to see trip descriptions and criteria at website, link below.
The Montana Wilderness School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit outdoor education organization based in Bozeman, Montana, providing multi-week wilderness expeditions for youth.

Longer 15-day expeditions open to boys and girls ages 16-18; prior wilderness experience advisable; prices range $3000-$6000
Shorter 10-day expeditions for ages 14-16; prices between $3000-$4000. Two separate $1000 Treks scholarships available; perhaps MWS can offer help as well.

Montana Wilderness School Website CLICK HERE!

Temagami Wilderness Paddle:

Burke Trip possibility (not scheduled yet).  10-day paddling July trip in Ontario. Ages 14-16. Parent transport to Toronto
Participant must show leadership experience or qualities

Deep Water Project Website CLICK HERE!


Contact Kelly Nessle for additional information about any trips at 518-251-3739 or [email protected]
Participants must be Town of Johnsburg or Minerva residents

2022 Treks Summer Trips Flyer CLICK HERE!

Treks Fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 3rd

Treks Fundraiser, Thur. Oct. 3, 7:00-9:30 PM

Help Fund the Summer 2020 Expedition Camps!

Treks Fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 3rdTreks Fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:00-9:30PM
Basil and Wicks

Every year Treks supports local students in wilderness summer expedition camps. 
Join us for a great fundraiser at Basil and Wicks with music by the Morehouse Family Band!  Click the Flier for a bigger view.

Can’t make the fundraiser – checks can be sent to:  Kelly Nessle  Adirondack Treks, Inc., Box 23, Johnsburg, NY 12843  |  Phone: 518-251-3739  |  Email:  [email protected]

Sponsors:  Adirondack Treks  |  Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Deepwater Experiential Education Project  |  Montana WIlderness School

Here is a selection of photos from the 2019 Trips…

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Treks Fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 3rd

Treks Fundraiser, Basil and Wicks, Oct. 3, 7:00-9:30 PM

Basil and Wick’s  |  3195 NY-28  |  North Creek, NY 12853  |  (518) 251-3100  |  Get Directions

ADK Treks in the News 2019!

ADK Treks in the News 2019!

Trekers in the News!

The Annual Whitewater Rafting Trip was held on the Upper Hudson River and everyone had a great time.  Marnie and Marko guided 2 rafts from Beaver Brook Outfitters down the river with 8 kids and one adult enjoying the trip (pictured above, photo from Jim Swedberg).

This Summer

Clayton and Gabe

Molly Smith

Lily San Antonio

Summer Wilderness Treks
Four young people from Johnsburg will have exciting wilderness opportunities this summer sponsored by Adirondack Treks, Inc., a local non-profit, and other similar organizations.

Molly Smith, 14, will be “on the trail” in the Tegami Wilderness in Ontario from July 6-20, with the Northwaters Burke Trip. She will be part of a group of young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who paddles for ten days traveling by canoe through a system of lakes and rivers. Youth who participate are identified as potential leaders in their communities and who want to have a challenging experience. Last summer (2018) another Adirondack Treks youth, Kate Wimberly, Minerva, participated on this same trip and declared it “a great experience” where she learned to “survive on very little.”

Lily San Antonio, 12, will spend July 22-26 with Raquette River Outfitters of Saranac Lake as a Northern Explorer, a Northern Forest Canoe Trail wilderness trip in the Adirondacks.  Lily says, “I want to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature and yet still laugh and have fun with others” on this trip where she hopes she will learn to paddle well enough to take her younger siblings on a paddle once she gets home. 
Clayton Schmale, 16, and Gabe Smith, 17, will be flying to Bozeman, Montana for a 15-day expedition in the Rocky Mts. with the Montana Wilderness School. The young men will join six others from Montana to backpack and fly fish in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area learning leadership, survival skills, conservation ethics, and swift water rescue techniques.   Both participants have been actively involved with Adirondack Treks since they were in 4th grade.  This opportunity was offered to Adirondack Trekkers through former North Creek resident Andrew Morehouse who is working for the school as the Paddling Program manager.  

Adirondack Treks, Inc. was formed in 2009 to offer local youth from ages 9-18 wilderness activities to learn to whitewater kayak, rock climb, X-C ski, paddle, along with basic outdoor living and survival skills.  An annual rafting trip celebrates the end of school. Based on the success of these first summer wilderness camps, the Treks Board will consider making this a permanent part of their program in the future.

Whitewater Rafting Trip 2019

Trek's Whitewater Rafting Trip!

Thurs. June 27, 2019

Whitewater Rafting Trip 2019!
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Treks 2019 Rafting Trip Flyer CLICK HERE!
It’s Time for the annual TREKS Whitewater Adventure!  Don’t miss out on this world class trip!

Adventure: We will spend the day rafting the Hudson River Gorge with Beaver Brook Outfitters. If you haven’t seen this incredible part of your backyard, now is your chance to have a fun day and meet other Trekkers! There will be opportunities for swimming and exploring a waterfall on the river. Please bring your own lunch! (no excess packaging). This is an experiential trip, where you will be learning about all aspects of running a raft trip, including reading water and steering a raft.

Who can go: Ages: 8 and up Limit: 40 people, Parents Welcome! (space permitting)

Trip Coordinator: Kelly Nessle, [email protected] 251-3739. Trip Questions, Contact Beaver Brook Outfitters, 1-888-454-8433 or 251-3394 Trip Essentials: Sneakers, water shoes, or solid sandals with heel straps. Sunscreen, Personal medications, if any, Bathing suit and shorts (no cotton). Synthetic long sleeve shirt (if it’s a cool day)

The Plan:
Meet at 8:45 AM at Beaver Brook Outfitters, Rt. 28, North River. We will leave the rafting base shortly before 10:00 AM, and be on the river between 10:30 and 11:00 AM. The river determines the rest of the schedule. We stop halfway for a lunch break. We will be off the river sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. We will know the timing details a day or two ahead of time.

Cost: $30 (includes tip). $5 Treks Membership Fee.  |  Deadline to Sign-up: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Paperwork: Release forms will be emailed to participants before the trip and you can bring completed forms with you on the day of the trip
Make checks payable to “Treks,” and Bring them to Beaver Brook on the day of the trip

More Paperwork –  fill out the Medical History and Release Form  and you need to fill out the Informed Consent and Code of Conduct Form.

Beaver Brook Release Form CLICK HERE!

Questions? Contact Kelly Nessle, [email protected]
518- 251-3739

Beaver Brook Outfitters

Beaver Brook Outfitters
3921 Rt. 28. North Creek, NY 12853  |  Website  |  888-454-8433

Treks Kayak Camp 2017

Treks Kayak Camp 2017

Treks Kayak Camp 2017With Adirondack Treks and Wild Waters Outdoor Center
7 Weekly Sessions, Fridays July 7-Aug. 18

Adventure: We will spend the day learning how to kayak with certified/licensed instructors from Wild Waters Outdoor Center. Wild Waters is the area’s premier kayak instruction school.

Who Can Go? Any kids aged 13 or older (younger kids, get OK from Wild Waters, Dougl Azaert 494-4984)

Camp Coordinator: Kelly Nessle, [email protected] 251-3739.

Trip Essentials: Water Shoes to wear in the kayak (no sneakers or hard sole sandals), Sunscreen, Personal medications, if any, Bathing suit and shorts (no cotton). Synthetic long sleeve shirt (if it’s a cool day) and/or a nylon windbreaker.

The Plan: Meet at 9am at Wild Waters Outdoor Center, at the Glen Bridge. We will leave Wild Waters and transport to the river of the day for instruction – returning about 3-4PM

Cost: $140 . $5 Treks Membership Fee. Call or send Payment by June 30th to insure participation.

Paperwork:  Click on Kayak Camp 2017 – Scroll down look for Paperwork: Medical Release, Informed Consent , and Wild Waters Release Form. Make checks payable to “Treks,” and Send to Adirondack Treks PO Box 23, Johnsburg, NY 12843

Medical History – Release Form CLICK HEREInformed Consent Form CLICK HERE Wild Waters Release Form CLICK HERE

Questions? Contact Kelly Nessle, [email protected] 251-3739 or Doug Azert 518-494-4984
More Information visit

Wild Waters Outdoor Center

Wild Waters Outdoor Center