March 18, 2019
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Teen Wilderness Expedition Program

Community Author: Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District
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Joanna Tarrazi | BDN
Joanna Tarrazi | BDN

Register today for this awesome youth program offered by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (PCSWCD). The program offers something for all interests, is designed for ages 12-16, and is a 3-day, 2-night adventure at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)’s impressive Gorman Chairback Lodge. This year’s expedition will run from Tuesday, July 17Thursday, July 19.

When the PCSWCD first set out to offer the Teen Wilderness Expedition, the goal was to build a program for youth ages 12-16 that presented the outdoors and our natural resources in an accessible way to youth of all different experience levels, interests and aspirations. Now in its fifth year, this program consistently provides a summertime trip that’s new and exciting each year, where a child who loves the outdoors and one who has little to no experience hiking, canoeing or with other outdoor activities, both have fun, feel comfortable participating and learn a lot about our natural world and themselves.

The staff at the PCSWCD work hand-in-hand with AMC educational staff to create a program that incorporates outdoor recreation and conservation education with art, fun games, writing, hands-on presentations and so much more. Does your child enjoy art? They will love our watershed exploration activity and making tie-dye shirts. Do they love to fish? They will get the chance to cast a line right alongside AMC guides during our morning fishing option. We also build in opportunities for kids who are natural leaders to take charge and those who are not to learn and practice leadership skills. Youth on this expedition will enjoy awesome accommodations at the beautiful Gorman Chairback Lodge. They will bunk in cozy cabins along the shore of Long Pond, enjoy great food and snacks at the main lodge and a fun-packed schedule of activities, which will all take place on the Gorman Chairback campus and trails.

If the fun, learning, and staying at the lodge weren’t enough, this program also provides youth with an opportunity to explore various careers in the field of natural resource conservation. They will be guided through activities by PCSWCD staff, AMC staff, naturalists, resource professionals and skilled volunteers with experience working in these fields.

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is very proud of this program and we look forward to sharing this experience with youth interested in trying something new this summer. If you have a child ages 12-16 who would like to join us for this awesome outdoor adventure, please contact the PCSWCD for registration information at 564-2321 ext. 3, or stop by our office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. For more information about the Teen Wilderness Expedition, please check out our website – – and our Facebook page – Additionally, you can now register online at