Young Adventurers Club (YAC)

The YAC encourages and promotes children's enthusiasm for playing in Vermont's outdoor spaces.

Young Adventurers Club (YAC) outings provide an opportunity for families and their youngest hikers to get out and explore the woods at a comfortable, playful pace. Outings focus on families getting out and having fun, rather than going fast or far. While the pace may be geared more towards younger adventurers (ages 3-10), but everyone is welcome!

Young Adventurers at Raven Ridge in Monkton. 11/10/2019 (photos: L. Bierman)

YAC has not resumed in 2020. We hope you are scheduling your own family friendly hikes!

Explore local area trails with the children in your life!

Our Young Adventurers Club is "on hold" during this restricted and uncertain future!

Research area trails using our Maps & Resources page.

Bread Loaf's YAC Leader: Lauren Bierman

Lauren has been passionate about hiking and playing in the woods since she was a little kid. As an adult, she has trained as a Wilderness First Responder and a Maine State Trip Leader, and has had the opportunity to share her passion with the next generation of hikers. She led a six-and-a-half week backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail for a group of teenage girls, and started the Little Hikers Hiking Group to help bring families and kids together to enjoy the outdoors together. This past summer (2019), Lauren thru-hiked Vermont's Long Trail and had her two boys bring her resupplies. When she's not teaching kids about leave-no-trace principles or backwoods safety and preparedness, she's wrestling with her three rescue pups and two non-rescue boys in their Bridport home.

Enjoying the overlook at Silent Cliff.

Photos: L. Bierman (Sept. 15, 2019)

Bread Loaf Section's YAC is on Facebook at

YAC Trail Clean Up Day, Sept. 30, 2018

What a terrific day for trail maintenance on the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) in Wright Park! We cleared brush, learned how to use hand saws, learned all about invasive species and why it's important to clear them out, and most importantly, spent the day outside in nature with great friends!

Many thanks to MALT's (Middlebury Area Land Trust) Jenn Smith, and John Derick for showing us such a great time!

Lots more photos of this and other activities on our YAC Facebook page.


(above) At Snake Mountain's summit, summer 2018.

Photos of previous YAC activities:

11/5/16 Scavenger Hunt at Wright Park Middlebury (Photos)

4/22/17 Labyrinths and Mazes at Spirit in Nature in Ripton (Photos)

9/24/17 Poetry of Robert Frost on Robert Frost Trail in Ripton (Photos)

Read Feb 23, 2017 article about YAC on GMC's website.