Monday, February 19, 2018 3:00PM - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00PM
Cardigan Lodge, 774 Shem Valley Road, Alexandria, NH 03222,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,
Registration is required for this activity.
(best time to call: 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday)
AMC's Winter Family Exploration combines three days of outdoor adventure with traditional hospitality in spectacular settings. Experience the serenity of Cardigan Reservation while gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the forest, rivers, and wildlife around us through hands-on exploration and the help of AMC's knowledgeable staff. The whole family will enjoy plenty of outdoor fun including guided snowshoe hikes, sledding, animal tracking, starlit walks, snow shelter building and stories by the campfire. Activities geared toward children aged 5-10. Activity level: easy to moderate. Rates include lodging, meals, and guided activities.
•Camp fire with s'mores
•Winter naturalist activities
3:00pm Check in and welcome activity
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Evening Campfire
7:30 am Breakfast
8:15 am Getting Ready for Winter Relay
9:15 am Outside Adventures:
Option A - Snowshoe Walk
Option B - Sliding fun & Snowshelter building
1:30 pm Outside Adventures
Option A - Frozen Waterfalls
Option B - Winter snow games
2:45 pm - Warm up Break
3:15 pm Animal Tracks and Traces - indoor and outdoor session
4:00 pm Afternoon nature crafts
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Evening Program - Night time Adaptations & Night Sky
8:30 am Kids Only (time for parents to pack up)
9:30 am Winter Olympics Cardigan Style
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Closing Activity
"It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter with your family. The guides are great and parents and kids meet lots of nice people." Participant, February 2015
"The kids were engaged the whole time! I didn't hear 'I'm bored' once". Participant, February 2015
Address to enter into GPS: 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222 (43.649° N, 71.876° W)
From Greater Boston Area:
1. Take I-93 North to Rt. 104 West (Exit 23, New Hampton, N.H.).
2. Take Rt. 104 West for 6 miles to Rt. 3A North in Bristol, N.H.
3. Follow directions below from Bristol.
From New York City, Hartford, CT, or western MA:
1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48).
2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to I-89 South (VT Exit 10S).
3. Take I-89 South to Rt. 4 East (NH Exit 17).
4. Take Rt. 4 East for 25 miles to Danbury, N.H.
5. In Danbury, take Rt. 104 East for 5.5 miles.
6. Turn left onto Cass Mill Road and go about 3.5 miles.
7. Turn right onto Washburn Road.
8. Cross a bridge, then take the first left onto Mount Cardigan Road.
9. Follow Bristol directions below, starting with number 7.
From Bristol, N.H.:
1. Take Rt. 3A North toward Plymouth for 2.1 miles.
2. Turn left onto West Shore Road at the blinking light (Our Lady of Grace stone church is on the far left corner).
3. Proceed 1.9 miles and then go straight onto Cardigan Mountain Road where West Shore Road turns right.
4. Go 1 mile on Cardigan Mountain Road, then turn left onto North Road.
5. Go 1 mile on North Road, then right onto Washburn Road in Alexandria, N.H.
6. Go 200 yards and bear right onto Mount Cardigan Road.
7. Follow Mount Cardigan Road for 3.6 miles, and stay left at the intersection with Brook Road.
8. Take Shem Valley Road 1.5 miles to Cardigan Lodge (stay right at the fork in the road at 100 yards).
For safety, please observe the posted speed limit of 30 MPH on these rural residential roads with gravel surfaces.
Approximate driving times to Cardigan
Times may vary greatly depending on driving style, traffic, and road conditions:
• From Bristol, twenty-five minutes.
• From Boston, two and a half hours.
• From New York, six hours.
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AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.