Youth on the Allagash

Three annual programs are designed to introduce lifelong outdoor activities, healthy lifestyles, and leadership and resource stewardship skills to middle school students in the nearby communities to the Allagash.

  • Canoe and Water Safety day camp provides the first level of introduction for 5-7th grade students
  • Wilderness multi-day trips for 7 – 9th grade students provide canoeing, camping, outdoor and leadership skills, and an introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Allagash.
  • Classroom to River introduces new generations of middle school students to the natural, and cultural history of the Allagash and St. John Valley through experiential learning and placed-based STEAM education, including climate change.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation has received financial support for the Youth on the Allagash program from Allagash Brewing Company, L.L. Bean, Wicked Joe Organic Coffee, Drummond Woodsum, Quimby Family Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, and the Perloff Family Foundation, as well as our many individual donors.

We recently took some time to reflect on the 2021 Youth on the Allagash season and on what has been accomplished since the program’s beginnings in 2016.

OUR MISSION IS to enhance the wilderness character of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, protect its environment, and preserve and foster knowledge and understanding of its natural, historic and cultural values. In close collaboration with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, we serve as the Friends of the Allagash.

- Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation