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Novice Rock Climbing Clinic

Soar to new heights with this small-group, rock climbing course in western Massachusetts. Zoar Outdoor is a short drive from several excellent climbing areas, so there’s lots of time “on the rock.” The clinic emphasizes top-rope climbing where the rope is anchored by the instructor at the top of each climb. Students learn to climb and belay as well as to move smoothly and with minimal effort on the rock.

Where: Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont

For: 14 yrs+

Duration: 1- (Saturday) and 2-days (Saturday & Sunday)

When: 1st weekend of each month, June-October

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Maritime New England Bike Tour

Massachusetts’ North Shore offers great natural beauty, exciting coastal towns, and fascinating maritime history. . Tour an area pivotal to US maritime history with natural harbors offering settlers protected waters from which to depart to the rich offshore fisheries. Visit some of the oldest towns in the US where fishing and boat building are still ways of life. View beautifully maintained colonial homes and enjoy vibrant town centers.  Tour includes a sunset sail on a catamaran and a kayak trip to a secluded beach.

Where: Great Freedom Adventures, North Shore

For: Adults

Duration: 6 days

When:

June 2-7, 2019; September 22-27, 2019

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Extend your stay in North of Boston 

 

Maritime Bike & Beer Adventure Trip

Massachusetts’ North Shore, Cape Ann and Essex National Heritage Area offer great natural beauty, exciting towns, and fascinating maritime history. In addition, the region is home to several excellent craft beer breweries. These produce award-winning brews, some made solely from local ingredients, and many named for the maritime heritage that inspired them. As you ride through coastal towns and along the shoreline, you’ll meet brewmasters who will share their brews’ history and process while you sample the varieties.

Where: Great Freedom Adventures, North Shore

For: Adults

Duration: 6 days

When: June 2-7, 2019; August 17-22, 2014

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Captivating Cape Cod & the Islands Vacation Bike Tour

The Cape Cod National Seashore offers 40 miles of pristine sand beaches, wild cranberry bogs, kettle ponds, and heathlands. Pedal bike paths on the seashore that bring you up-close to iconic beaches and the region’s famous lighthouses. Visit Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and experience the largest gray seal haul-out site on the U.S. eastern seaboard. A tour of the Cape would not be complete without visiting Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Experience the islands’ most widely photographed and painted scenes: you will immediately be captivated by their beauty and understand their appeal.  Enjoy the discovery purely by bike and boat, at a pace that allows you to take it all in.

Duration: 6 days

When: June 9-14, 2019; June 16-21, 2019; September 8-13, 2019; September 15-20, 2019

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Salt Marsh and Song Birds MA Eco-Bike Adventure

Explore the vast richness of Massachusetts’ Great Salt Marsh and national wildlife refuges on this three day guided bike tour through the Boston, MA North Shore. Discover a destination world famous for nature study, encompassing thousands of acres of salt marsh, one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. The Spring eco-bike tours are timed to coincide with the return of songbirds to one of the finest bird-watching destinations in the eastern United States and the bloom of colorful native azaleas and rhododendrons.

Duration: 3 days

When: May 10-12, 2019; June 26-28, 2019; September 3-5, 2019

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Island Idyll Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Bike Tour

Seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts sits a jewel of an island: Martha’s Vineyard, better known locally as the “Vineyard”, is a place of exceptional beauty that simply begs to be explored by bike. Bike paths and country roads wind past cool forests, tranquil harbors, island farms and pristine beaches, offering the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate island life. Great Freedom Adventures’ three-day tour of Martha’s Vineyard draws from decades of Vineyard biking to bring you the best of this most beautiful of MA islands.

Duration: 3 days

When: May 17-19, 2019; July 21-23, 2019; July 24-26, 2019; September 11-13, 2019

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Day-Sailing Course

Take this 3-day, 24-hour sailing course, and you’ll be a confident sailor. The first sixteen hours will cover sailing maneuvers; the last eight, navigating with charts. Come with your crew or meet someone new.

Where: Boston Harbor Sailing Club

For: Adults and families

Duration: 3 days

When: Ongoing

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Wilderness Medicine: Become a First Responder

If you are an avid lover of the outdoors who likes to be prepared for anything, this is the course for you. You’ll learn how to react to an array of situations when help may take a while. And you’ll earn a certification as a Wilderness First Responder.

Where: Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont

For: Adults

Duration: 6 days

When: January

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Extend your stay in  western Massachusetts

 

Spey Casting School

Spend a day with Walt Geryk learning the art of spey casting on the Deerfield River. Forgo the short weekly lessons and jump right into a fishing trip! Relax and create new friendships as you trek through New England’s outdoors.

Where: Deerfield River

For: Adults

Duration: 1 & 2 day sessions

When: by request

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Kayak Clinics

Experienced instructors from Zoar Outdoor teach the basic skills of kayaking on  lake or pond, then move to the Deerfield River to learn about currents and how to maneuver in whitewater.  The 5-day course culminates in paddling intermediate-level whitewater.

Where: Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont

For: Adults and teens 14+

Duration: 2- and 3-day Novice clinics, 5-day Intensive Novice clinic

When: May–October

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Cuttyhunk Crossing Kayak Trip

Take on the challenge of an open water crossing on Buzzards Bay to the Elizabeth Islands.  Learn navigation skills, plot best places to relax and play around the islands.

Where: Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, Westport

For: kayakers with coastal experience

Duration: 8 to 9 hours

When: August

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Extend your stay in Bristol County

 

Sea Kayaking Trips

Kayak along Massachusetts’ captivating coastline with Charles River Canoe & Kayak. Leave this adventure a better paddler and gain the confidence to go on a kayaking adventure anytime.

Where: Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Newton

For: Adults and children 10+ (depending on class)

Duration: 1 day

When: May–October

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Extend your stay in Greater Boston

 

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Combine surfing, canoeing, and the ability to balance, then execute them all at the same time. Paddleboarding is a great athletic endeavor, and instructors will show you paddling techniques and how to maneuver over small waves.

Where: Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Newton

For: Adults

Duration: 1 day

When: May–September

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Introduction to Canoeing

Explore the many ponds, rivers, and lakes Massachusetts has to offer, after learning the basic techniques of paddling and maneuvering with Charles River Canoe & Kayak.

Where: Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Newton

For: Adults

Duration: 1 day

When: Seasonal

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Extend your stay in Greater Boston