Family Adventure Weekends Feature Hiking, Canoeing at Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Wilderness Lodges

March 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2016

GREENVILLE, Maine– The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) Maine Wilderness Lodges in the 100-Mile Wilderness/Moosehead area are the settings for new weekend outdoor programs for families in August. Programs are designed for families with children aged 5 and up.

Families can create lasting memories while spending time together discovering the Maine outdoors. Participants can learn to paddle a canoe and identify aquatic creatures, birds and other wildlife. Short hikes are designed to spark discovery in young ones. These programs seek to provide participants with a deeper appreciation and understanding of Maine’s forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife.

Featured activities include hiking to scenic spots and canoeing on nearby ponds.

Dates and details are as follows.

Family Adventure Series (Easy)
August 5-August 7

This program is designed for families looking for an entry level outdoor weekend. Participants can look forward to short hikes and nature walks aimed at introducing children aged 7 and up to the wonders of the natural world. Registered Maine guides will pay specific attention to connecting young ones to their surroundings while maintaining a fun and upbeat atmosphere. In addition to hiking, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy paddling on Little Lyford Pond. Lodging and meals are provided at Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins.

Family Adventure Series (Easy)
August 12-August 14

After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning, participants embark on a day’s paddle on the pristine waters of Long Pond. You can listen for the call of the loon, breathe the crisp mountain air and take a dip in the cool, clean water. Registered Maine guides will instruct all participants on how to safely navigate a canoe on open water. If time permits, there will be an opportunity to hike trails around the lodge, such as the Henderson Brook Trail. This program is designed for children aged 5 and up. Lodging and meals are provided at Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins.

Family Adventure Series (Moderate)
August 19-21

This weekend is designed as a moderately challenging adventure for children aged 8 and up. Participants will head out Saturday morning for a 4.5-mile hike up Indian Mountain to take in the beautiful vistas of the Whitecap Mountain range to the east and the wide panorama of Moosehead Lake to the west. After a short break back at the lodge, group members are set to spend the rest of the afternoon paddling First and Second Little Lyford ponds. Throughout the weekend, registered Maine guides will provide fun and memorable experiences while connecting children to the natural world around them. Meals and lodging are provided at Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins.

All programs include guiding and leadership; Friday and Saturday night lodging in private cabins; dinner on Friday night; breakfast, a trail lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and a trail lunch on Sunday. Canoes are provided.

Rates start at $119 each for nonmember children ($99 for AMC members); $191 for nonmember youths ($159 for AMC members); and $395 for nonmember adults ($329 for AMC members). Child rates apply to children aged 3-12; youth rates are available for ages 13-17. Families can take advantage of discounted member rates while supporting AMC’s mission with a $75 annual family membership.

Programs are open to all, AMC members and nonmembers alike.

Reservations can be requested by emailing amclodging@outdoors.org, or by calling (207) 358-5187, Monday through Saturday.

More information is available at www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/deals-packages/summer-guide/family-adventures.cfm.

These programs and AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges are components of AMC’s broader Maine Woods Initiative. The Maine Woods Initiative is an innovative approach to conservation that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships. To date, AMC has purchased and permanently conserved 70,000 acres of forest land, created more than 120 miles of recreational trails, opened three sporting camps to the public, established a Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forestry operation, and developed partnerships with local Piscataquis County schools. Learn more at www.outdoors.org/mwi.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.

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