• Our students learn to challenge themselves.
  • Our students learn to be stewards of the natural world.
  • Our student to staff ratio is typically 6:1.


Using our tandem canoes, participants have the opportunity to explore an extensive natural lake 65 miles north of New York City. Paddling enables students to learn valuable lessons about teamwork, communication and trust as they are given the skills to move, steer, and navigate the boats.

Typical Learning Targets

  • I can participate in all the activities, try new things and have fun!
  • I can learn how to properly wear a PFD
  • I can learn what to do in the event of a capsize
  • I can learn how to do forward strokes, backward strokes, sweeps and draws
  • I can demonstrate leadership by role-modeling Leave No Trace principles
  • I can learn new things about the other people in my group
  • I can be a good team-member by participating fully in the activities, to the best of my ability
  • I can reflect on my experiences and think critically about how they apply to my everyday life at school or home. I will think about what I can do with what I’ve learned


“Team building, leadership development and improved communication so that this group of previously-unacquainted students will quickly become a cohesive team, ready to work and learn together. Through this CANOEING, HIKING AND TEAM BUILDING retreat, LIFTT participants will have the opportunity to learn to work as a team through problem solving activities, develop friendships and trust among the group, examine their leadership skills and potential, and reflect on the commitment they are making to the LIFTT program.”

Mike Wertz, Manager of Leadership and Public Programs, Intrepid Museum

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