Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

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Berkshire Quest


Mountain Multisport!
Ages 14-17

Rafting, Rock Climbing, Zip-Lining, and Mountain Climbing!  All in one week!!!

Berkshire Quest is a multisport expedition for teens, ages 14-17. Two trained expedition leaders will lead a maximum of thirteen participants on this adventure.

Check in will begin at 2:00 on Sunday. We’ll move into our temporary lodgings, meet our group mates and counselors, play some group games, and have a campfire and cookout.

On Monday morning, we will load up the van and drive to Zoar Outdoor, located at the foot of the Berkshires in Charlemont, MA (about a 3 hour drive). After checking in and grabbing a quick lunch, we will head for the Zipline canopy tour. Zoar’s 3-hour tour features 11 zip lines, 2 sky bridges, and 3 rappels, all suspended high in the treetops. We will finish the tour in time to set up camp in Zoar’s own hillside campground.

On Tuesday, we’ll pack our daypacks for an exciting half-day of rock climbing. Zoar’s experienced climbing instructors will work with us to develop our skills. Beginners and seasoned rock climbers alike will find the appropriate level of difficulty. We’ll then return to camp and relax around the campfire.

Wednesday will bring ten miles of whitewater rafting down the Deerfield River. The Zoar Gap’s Class II and one class III rapids provide the perfect combination of safety and excitement. Lunch will be a riverbank picnic taken in between the rapids.

On Thursday we will drive about 1 hour to the 12,500-acre Mount Greylock State Reservation in northwestern Massachusetts to climb Mount Greylock, Massachusetts tallest peak. We will hit the trail for for a day hike up and around Mount Greylock’s summit. On a clear day, views from the summit can extend 90 miles and include Mount Williams and Mount Fitch.  The wooded trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail, have spectacular views and include places named “The Hopper” and “The Bellows Pipe”.  In addition to breathtaking panoramas from rocky ledges and exposed peaks we will have the opportunity to observe different types of wildlife and plant life than that which is normally found in southern New England.

On Friday, we’ll head back to Alton Jones Campus for some wrap up activities and goodbyes. Camp Friday with a family program at 2:00 PM  followed by check-out at 2:30 PM..

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