Young Adventurers Club (YAC)

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

Bread Loaf's YAC Leader: Lauren Bierman

Lauren’s first memory of hiking was a family hike for Thanksgiving in the White Mountains, where they stayed overnight in a hut with all her cousins. She remembered how freeing it felt to be in the woods for those days, and she’s been hooked ever since. She was trained as a Wilderness First Responder, a Maine State Trip Leader, and has spent 6 ½ weeks on the Appalachian Trail with nine 13-year-old girls. in 2016, she started the Little Hikers Hiking Group to help encourage kids to get outside and explore the forests, and to help parents reconnect with their love of hiking. Lauren lives in Bridport with her husband and their two wildly energetic boys.

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.