The 6 Group Programs listed immediately below have been specially group-priced in honor of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman in New York State program. As BOW instructors since 1994, we are pleased to offer these Beyond-BOW intermediate-learning opportunities. These classes are not limited to BOW attendees or to women. Can’t attend on the dates below? We can arrange an alternate date for you.

Navigation 202: Backcountry Navigation with GPS, Map, Compass, and Garmin BaseCamp Mapping Program
February 23-25, 2018: Tupper Lake NY
As a Certified Interpretive Guide, Sheila provides interactive naturalist studies for all ages and experience. This is a 2.5-day, women-only, introductory hands-on course focusing on navigation techniques using a GPS, USGS map, orienteering compass, and Garmin BaseCamp digital mapping program. Course options include a BUNDLE package or SOLO course plans.

Mixed-gender BUNDLE and SOLO courses are also offered on April 6-8, 2018 and June 8-10, 2018.

Per-person options include:
Complete BUNDLE (map and compass & GPS & BaseCamp Mapping Program) $275
Mini BUNDLE 1 (map and compass & GPS) $185
Mini BUNDLE 2 (GPS w/ BaseCamp Mapping Program) $200
SOLO 1 (map and compass) $85
SOLO 2 (GPS) $110

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Snowshoe Round Pond Esker and Bogs
February – winter conditions permitting: Date to be published after New Year 2018
Did you know that a glacial esker is really an upside-down river bottom? The glacially-formed bogs surrounding the Round Pond esker can only be traversed during the winter season. Cocoa and cookies along the way make even a cold winter day seem cozy. Add great views, learning about bog ecology, and a great winter workout to an easy half-day trip!
$50 each – 100% deposit

Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich:
Ferns & Flowers of the Adirondacks

May: Date to be published after New Year 2018
As a Certified Interpretive Guide, Sheila provides interactive naturalist studies for all ages and experience levels. This is a walking tour, but the pace is casual and the terrain incline or descent is gradual. Learn simple memory pegs for recognizing trees, flowers and ferns, and how local micro-ecologies influence what grows there.
$60 each – 100% deposit

The Complete Hiker: Fun & Safety in the Wildlands
July: Date to be published after New Year 2018
Enjoy a relatively flat hike to a remote pond, and learn about safety planning and survival in emergencies. Most people traveling in the Adirondack wildlands are only a day away from rescue if he or she has planned appropriately and is able to manage basic survival skills.
$60 each – 100% deposit

Adirondack Byway: A Raquette River Paddle
August: Date to be published after New Year 2018
What better way to enjoy the Raquette River than a pleasurable paddle through ancient glacier- scoured oxbows? The river flows gently from put-in to take-out, making the paddle a leisurely adventure. The trip includes pre-paid admission to the Wild Center.
$90 each (plus local rental pricing for canoes /kayaks if needed) – 100% deposit

High Peak Jaunt: Views from the Summit
September: Date to be published after New Year 2018
Take in the stunning views from one of the more easily accessed Adirondack High Peaks. Your leader is an Adirondack 46R (#2994), having hiked in the Adirondacks since 1968, completing all 46 High Peaks by 1991. Although the ascent is steep in places, the pace is gradual. There is plenty of time to experience the trip. Its not about the summit….its about the journey – but the summit is still a great accomplishment and the views are a reward.
$60 each – 100% deposit

Individuals are invited to register for these group events. Prices do not include meals or lodging but we will be pleased to make recommendations.


Check out our advanced-level educational programs…

Beyond the Trail Outdoor Leader Apprentice Program provides an excellent preparation for becoming a skilled outdoor user, a backcountry trip leader or licensed guide. You must be prepared for learning in a primitive camp environment at a remote Adirondack site. However, the program site is accessible to automobiles, and you can bring many of the simple comforts of home. All accommodations, equipment and meals are included in the basic fee. Sessions begin at noon on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. Your guide-instructors are well versed in their subject matter. Group rates are available.


Introduction to Ice Fishing This program, conducted in the Saranac Lake / Tupper Lake area, requires in-town lodging, which we can help you arrange. Learn to fish in winter for perch, northern pike, trout and salmon. All ice fishing equipment is supplied. Learn about jigs, tip-ups and fishing shanties; New York State laws, regulations and ethics; bait and tackle; ice and weather safety; and preparation and preservation of your catch. You will be outdoors in cold weather for extended periods, but a heated fishing shanty will be located on-site. Cold weather clothing is a must. Participants must have a valid New York State fishing license (if required by State law). Class space is limited.


Introduction to Fishing Learn about bait, tackle, other fishing equipment; techniques for catching cold water and warm water species; and preparation and preservation of your catch in a hands-on program. This is a spin-casting, not a fly-casting, program.Participants must have a valid New York State fishing license (if required by State law).


Camping & Survival Skills Learn safe selection and maintenance of your camp; selection of best clothing and gear for your trip; and prevention and recognition of hypothermia and heat-related illness. We also cover camp sanitation; starting and maintaining a safe and legal fire; camp food preparation; and food safety and water purification. In addition, you will learn minimal impact camping skills; what to do in survival situations; and land use regulations and management plans in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Unit.


First Aid & CPR National Safety Council certification program is helpful to back-country enthusiasts and trip leaders, and is required for individuals licensed to guide-for-hire on public lands in New York State. In addition, participants can learn about the guide licensing process and New York State and environmental laws, regulations and ethics. The program fee includes the cost of certifications.

Water Safety for Guides  Sonny is a New York State Outdoor Guides Association – Water Safety for Guides instructor. This program is available only to aspiring New York State Licensed Outdoor Guides. Dates for upcoming WSFG classes are posted on the website. Class fees are determined by the Association.

Wilderness First Aid, September: Date to be published after New Year 2018 The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) certification program includes hands-on practice scenarios. This class is designed for people who live or travel in areas where first aid help will be delayed by hours or days. Certification is acceptable for licensure as a guide-for-hire on public lands in New York State. In addition, participants can learn about the guide licensing process and New York State and environmental laws, regulations and ethics.


Introduction to Map and Compass Learn map-to-compass and compass-to-map techniques; line-of-sight, cross-country and obstacle navigation; triangulation skills; flat-water navigation; and fundamentals of low-visibility (snow, fog, darkness) navigation in a hands-on classroom and field practice program with a brief discussion on Global Positioning System (GPS). (See Beyond BOW, above)


Introduction to Canoes, Kayaks & Boats Learn about basic functions of watercraft design; paddle strokes and when to use them; necessary equipment; self rescue techniques and general boating safety; and loading, portaging, and transporting of canoes, kayaks and small boats. In addition, participants will learn basics of weather predictions and precautions in an on-the-water program.


Introduction to Bowhunting (2-day program) Learn the basics of tracking game; equipment selection and care; tree stands; hunter safety; processing and preserving game; brief review of map and compass skills; sighting and shooting skills; and New York State conservation laws and ethics. At the end of the program, you can be tested to receive a New York State Bowhunter Safety Certificate (required to get a bowhunting license). No actual hunting will take place during this program. You must bring your legal bow and arrows to any program.