Group of children running at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY.

5-WEEK SESSIONS | AGES 5-11

Our Summer Pathfinders program takes your child on expeditions that develop their love of the great outdoors. Bike riding, hiking, and running from open fields to wide wooded paths to mountain climbs; from sprint track to single track, your child will encounter a fun learning environment that takes them through routes and trails. Challenge them to increase their balance and kinesthetic awareness while learning techniques to get the most out of every day on the trail.

Overview

Summer Pathfinders offers two 5-week sessions designed around age and the ability to create a supportive and fun atmosphere for children 5 to 11. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the techniques that will make a lifetime of biking and exploring enjoyable.

All programs will be 1 hour in length and include cross country mountain bike riding, hiking and running, and other fun activities that support a love of an outdoor lifestyle.

 Session 1TimeCost
Pathfinders
ages 5-11
Monday
(Jul 25 - Aug 22)
4:00pm-5:00pm$60
Bike Rental
for program dates
Monday
(Jul 25 - Aug 22)
4:00pm-5:00pm$40
Our programs run for 5 week blocks. Please fill out the form below if the session you are looking for is not available online.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special considerations for the area you’ll be visiting.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Always leave your itinerary with someone at home.
  • Travel in small groups to minimize impacts.

Travel on Durable Surfaces

  • Hike in the middle of the trail; walk through (not around) puddles/mud.
  • Stay off of vegetation; walk on rocks where possible.
  • Gather in designated sites where possible.
  • In other areas, don’t gather within 150 feet of water, trail, or a road.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack out all trash (including toilet paper), leftover food, and litter.
  • Use existing privies or dig a 6-8 inch deep cathole at least 150 feet from water.
  • Wash yourself and dishes at least 150 feet from water. If needed, use only small amounts of biodegradable soap.

Leave What You Find

  • Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Let photos, drawings, or journals help capture your memories.
  • Do not build structures or furniture or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Use a portable stove to avoid the lasting impact of a fire.
  • Where fires are permitted, use existing fire rings and collect only downed wood.
  • Burn all fires to ash, put out campfires completely, and hide traces of fire

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance.
  • Avoid wildlife during mating, nesting, and other sensitive times.
  • Control pets at all times, and clean up after them.

Be Considerate of Others

  • Respect others and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Let natural sounds prevail; avoid loud sounds and voices.
  • Be courteous and yield to other users; take breaks to one side of the trail.