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The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has opened registration for a youth program that truly offers something for everyone. The program is the annual Teen Wilderness Expedition – 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 17th through Thursday, July 19th. When the PCSWCD first set out to offer the Teen Wilderness Expedition, the goal was to build a program for youth ages 12 to 16 that presented the outdoors and the natural resources in an accessible way to youth of all different experience levels, interests and aspirations. 
Heading out for a paddle
on Second Roach Pond.
Now in its 5th 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 the 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 the 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 the morning fishing option. 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 stay 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.
If you have a child ages 12 to 16 who would like to participate in this awesome outdoor adventure, contact the PCSWCD for registration information at 564-2321 ext. 3, or stop by the office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. For more information about the Teen Wilderness Expedition, visit – and Facebook page – Additionally, you can now register online at