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BLUE = Youth BLACK = Adult level Programs GREEN = Family/all ages

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*Payment Levels*

As a non-profit, Ndakinna knows that families have different abilities to pay for programming. We want to make sure that everyone in the community can enjoy the woods, have a child enjoy one of our Wilderness Camps, and learn more about Native American culture and woodland survival. Your selection is confidential. No matter what level you select, everyone receives the same opportunities and high quality programming. 

Scholarship: As a charitable, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Ndakinna wants to make sure that no youth is unable to attend a program because of an inability to pay. To apply for a scholarship made possible through donations, please contact us at info@ndakinnacenter.org. These scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale based on total family income.

Standard Level: This level covers the most basic cost of programming for each participant. It helps cover staffing and supplies. This level is subsidized.

Donation Level: This level accurately reflects the true cost of programming for each participant, including but not limited to: youth scholarships, staffing, maintenance and upkeep, utilities, insurance, equipment repair, overhead, and depreciation. Please pay this amount if you are able.

 

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2017

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Recert [Adult & Teen]

TBA  |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com

Asban Wilderness Adventure Day Camp(Ages 5.5-7)9:00- 4:00 
Session 1: July 17-19th (Mon-Wed)(9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Session 2: July 24-26th (Mon-Wed)
Session 3: July 31st - August 2nd (Mon-Wed) 
Session Pricing: Standard Level: $200 Donation Level: $250
Three days of outdoor fun including wilderness skills, animal tracking, Native American games, storytelling and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Taking place at the Ndakinna Education Center with miles of nature trails, Native American wigwams, and other educational exhibits. The camp will also feature special off site field trips. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center with 3,200 square feet of teaching space. There will be rockwall climbing offered during Session Two. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. 5% discount for more than one family member per session.  Click Here to Send in a Deposit online (Click Here to read more about our payment levels) Multi-week discounts are available. Save $25 for two weeks or $50 for all three weeks.

Awasos Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-12) 9:00 - 4:00 
Session 1: July 17th-21st (Mon-Fri)  (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Session 2: July 24th-28th (Mon-Fri)
Session 3: July 31st - August 4th (Mon-Fri)

Session Pricing: Standard Level: $325 Donation Level: $375

A full week of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Also included in sessions 1 and 3 is a full-day of flatwater kayaking. The camp will also feature special off site field trips throughout all sessions. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center. Session 2, and 3 include a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Session 2 includes rockwall climbing.  Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure. Group will at times be divided up into two groups based on age and experience. 5% discount for more than one family member per session. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online (Click Here to read more about our payment levels) Multi-week discounts are available. Save $50 for two weeks or $100 for all three weeks.

*OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT July 29th ($50). Students can camp out the Friday night of Session 2 with additional storytelling and night time games. Dinner and Breakfast provided.

Molsem Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp (Ages 13-16) 9:00 - 4:00 
July 31st - August 4th (Mon-Fri) Standard Level: $325 Donation Level: $375

A full week of intensive wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. The camp will also feature special off site field trips throughout all sessions. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center.  Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure. 5% discount for more than one family member per session. Click Here to Send in a Deposit online (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Martial Arts and Wilderness Camp [Ages 8-13]
July 24th-28th (
Mon-Friday) | Standard Level: $325 Donation Level: $375
Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, a wilderness survival expert and fifth degree black belt and other highly trained martial arts instructors and wilderness staff, participants will learn the basics of Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, kickboxing, and self-defense. Between training sessions, participants will also enjoy Native American storytelling and wilderness activities in the surrounding nature preserve. These team-based activities and native games have a special focus on leadership and character development. The martial arts portion contains partner drills and bully proofing self defense techniques. . Cost is $225 and each participant will take home the provided Martial arts attire. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. No prior experience is required! 5% discount for more than one family member per session. For an additional $75, participants can join the final day of Session 3. Pay your deposit online! (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)


Nadawaha Wilderness Surivival Day Camp [Ages 9-14] 
August 7th-10th (Monday - THU, 9-5) *NEW For 2017* | Standard Level:$275 Donation Level: $325

Become a Nadawaha; the Abenaki word for woodland scout. Led by author, storyteller and wilderness survival expert James Bruchac, participants ages 9-14 will learn a host of ancient and modern survival skills. After setting up a base camp deep within the Ndakinna preserve, participants will focus on primitive shelter making, navigation, basic wild edibles, camp craft, fire by friction, and nature awareness. While similar skills are touched on in our famed Awasos Adventure Day Camps, this four day camp is an hour longer each day and moves at a quicker pace to cover more advanced material.  In case of severe weather, students can utilize our large indoor facility. Prior camp or outdoor experience suggested but not required. Bring a bag lunch and dress for outdoor adventure. You can view our gear list by clicking here (include 10-16 gear).  (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Pathfinders Wilderness Training and Adirondack Adventures [Ages 12-16] (OVERNIGHT) 
August 14-18 (Monday - Friday)  | Standard Price $750 Donation $900 
Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, teen participants will learn a host of ancient and modern wilderness skills such as animal tracking and survival skills including shelter making, land navigation, and fire by friction. Participants will start with some basic training at Ndakinna Education Center before moving to a base camp in the lower Adirondacks. Participants learn a host of back country skills through day trips, climbing a high peak, and a canoe trip with expert guide Gary Marchuk. Along with their wilderness exploration, participants learn numerous basic to advanced awareness activities and games. After dinner, enjoy Native American Tales around the glow of the campfire. From basic to advanced navigation to camp craft, it is an experience of a lifetime. Transportation to and from the Adirondacks is provided from Ndakinna. Space is limited to ten participants only.  Participants must provide their own camping gear and a bag lunch for the first day. The camp runs from 9 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Friday. 5% discount for more than one family member per session. Click here to read about our payment levels

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017

SARATOGA NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL

September 10th| 10:00-4:30 | Free to the Public!
After a year’s absence, the popular Saratoga Native American Festival is returning to the Saratoga State Park in Saratoga Spring, New York with some changes from past years. The festival is now located at the National Dance Museum, near its former location at SPAC, with activities taking place outdoors and under shelter. We have a large Vendors Tent that will accommodate many of our more than 40 vendors, in addition to our Outdoor Performance Area where our drum groups, traditional dancing, music and storytelling will be presented. In addition, our Information Booth will also be under our Vendors’ Tent. Ample parking will be available on site. The Festival is part of a regional effort to educate people about the history, cultural traditions, and continued active presence of the Native peoples of the northeast. Authentic northeastern Native American Indian drumming and dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, and authentic traditional native foods will be part of each day’s offerings. Visit www.saratoganativefestival.com for more information.

Fall Photography Workshop and Expedition
October 14th| 10:00-2:30 |  $50 Adults & Teens 
Capture the fall foliage in style! Join master photographer Eric Jenks for a  1-2 hour morning intensive on photography and composition, followed by an afternoon on the grounds of Ndakinna to apply your new skills. This workshop will focus on getting the most out of your camera for landscapes and scenes found in the wilds of the Adirondack mountains. Participants will need to dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch, and have a camera (DSLR preferred but point and shoots users can benefit as well). Minimum of 5 registrants required for the program to proceed. For more information on Eric Jenks, visit www.awasos.com

Scary Story Night (All Ages)
October 28th|6
:30 pm to 9:00 pm | Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $7 Children under 12 
On this dark and scary Saturday night in late October, we're proud to present the Eighteenth Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. The first performance will focus on stories that may be a bit frightening, but not too scary for smaller children. The second performance will include some truly terrifying tales, including readings from Joseph and James Bruchac's best known books. The event will also include our annual pre-carved Pumpkin Contest. Ages 12 and under may vie for prizes in the following categories: Scariest, Most Original and Funniest Jack-o-Lanterns. Parents are invited to bring in their child's pre-carved pumpkins by 6:30 pm for judging. Our spooky tales start at 7:00. At 8:00, our scarier stories will be held outdoors for the second half, so dress for warmth. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held strictly indoors. Light refreshments will be offered including cider, cookies and doughnuts.

JANUARY - MARCH 2018

Winter Wilderness Skills Weekend!

Winter Tracks & Trails Indoor Intensive 
[Adult & Teen]
Feb. TBA |1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Standard Level: $35, Donation Level: $50
This afternoon indoor class is on winter animal tracks and trails. Taught by Jim Bruchac (Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast), participants will learn how to read the stories left behind by an animal's tracks and trails in the winter wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains. This interactive class is a great companion to the following full day Backwoods Tracking & Winter Survival Snowshoe Trek.

Backwoods Tracking & Winter Survival Snowshoe Trek [Adult & Teen]
Feb. TBA |10:00 am to 4:30 pm | Standard Level: $60, Donation Level: $90 
A full-day animal tracking and winter wilderness skills under the instruction of Jim Bruchac, Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast. Traveling by snowshoe, participants will both explore the stories found in animal tracks they find as well as learn such key winter survival skills as natural insulation, shelter building, firemaking, natural navigation and more . Dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch. Snowshoe rental available. Morning spent indoors going over track ID and basic survival. Afternoon, following lunch, is spent outdoors.
 (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Winter Wilderness Adventure & Storytelling Camp ( Ages 6 -8 )
Feb. TBA (Three days) |10:00 am to 4:00 pm |Standard Level: $160 Donation Level: $220 
Run by Assistant Director Jesse Bruchac, this is t
hree full days of both indoor and outdoor activities from shelter making and animal tracking to Native American games, crafts and storytelling. Dress for the outdoors and bring a bag lunch. 
(Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp ( Ages 9-12 )
Feb TBA (Four Days)|10:00 am to 4:00 pm |Standard Level: $210 Donation Level: $280 
Run by Director James Bruchac, this is four days of indoor and outdoor winter activities from snowshoeing to animal tracking, shelter building, Native American games, basic winter survival and more. Dress for outdoor adventure (bring snowshoes if you have them) Bring a bag lunch. 
(Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
Feb TBA, March TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 
Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com

Sogalikas Storytelling Evening (All Ages)
March TBA |7:00 to 9:00 pm | Suggested Donation $10/7 (Adult/Youth)  
We're proud to present our fifth annual Sogalikas (Sugar Moon) Native American Story and Music Night. This evening of Native tales and music will be hosted by members of the well-known Bruchac family and other special guests. Light refreshments will be available during intermission. This event will be held indoors. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for youths.


APRIL-JUNE 2018

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
April, May, June TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 
Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp (Ages 5.5-7)
April TBA (Three Days)| 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Standard Level: $170 Donation Level: $230
Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Kids will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture. New addition will be a daily low ropes course challenge on our brand new ropes course. Bring a bag lunch. $10 off for each additional immediate family member. 
(Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp: (Ages 8-12)
April TBA (Four Days)| 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Standard Level: $220 Donation Level: $290
Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Kids will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture. New addition will be a daily low ropes course challenge on our brand new ropes course. 
Group will at times be divided up into two groups based on age and experience. Bring a bag lunch. $15 off for each additional immediate family member.   (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Teen Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp: (Ages 13-16)
April TBA (Four Days)| 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Standard Level: $220 Donation Level: $290
Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn more in depth skills on how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Teens will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be
various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture. New addition will be a daily low ropes course challenge on our brand new ropes course. Group will at times be divided up into two groups based on age and experience. Bring a bag lunch. $15 off for each additional immediate family member.   (Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

MAY-JUNE 2018

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
May TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 
Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at 
www.adkwildmed.com


Adult & Teen Wilderness Skills

Lost in the Woods! Spring Tracking and Survival Essentials [Adult & Teen]
June TBA
| 9:00 am to 4:30 pm | Standard Level: $75 Donation Level: $100
Spend a full-day in the woods with Ndakinna Director James Bruchac learning basic to advanced emergency wilderness skills and survival techniques. Following an hour long animal tracking overview in the morning, participants will spend the rest of the day in the woods. Participants will be on and off-trail, learning primitive and modern land navigation, field identification of tracks, shelter construction, finding water, wilderness firemaking, natural insulation, rescue signaling and more.This is a class that anyone who spends time in the outdoors shouldn't miss. Could you make it without your GPS? Take this class and you can! Bring a bag lunch for the trail.
(Click Here to read more about our payment levels)

Wilderness First Aid Course (SOLO Certified) / WFR Resert [Adult & Teen]
June TBA |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $175 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, this 16-hour course is designed for the wilderness professional and recommended for anyone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors. Through a combination of lecture and plenty of hands-on activities, including role-playing wilderness accident scenarios, participants will learn how to deal with variety of injuries and potentially life threatening situations in a wilderness setting. Text and handouts included in price of the course. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com

Family Wilderness Adventure [Ages 6&Up]
June 17, 1pm-4:30pm | Suggested Donation $15 per participant 
Join us for a Family Wilderness Adventure! Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, family participants will take part in a variety of wilderness skills. From shelter building to animal tracking, elements on our new Ropes Challenge course and a variety of Native American games, this is sure to be an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Our standard release and registration form still need to be sent in.

Wilderness First Responder 72-80 Hours (SOLO Certified) [Adult & Teen]
TBA (weekends off, 9 day course) |8:00 am to 5:00 pm | $795 Led by Clark Hayward, Director of Adirondack Wilderness Medicine, SOLO's WFR course is the standard for those who work in the backcountry as trip leaders, mountain guides, river guides, camp counselors and ski patrollers. This 9 day course is challenging and comprehensive and provides a thorough grounding in wilderness medicine practice guidelines. Dress for the outdoors and unexpected weather. Bring a bag lunch. Register at www.adkwildmed.com