It was plenty of laughter and lots of snow, all wrapped up in adventure.

Friday found Lindsey Pender’s Lakeside Fourth graders getting a lesson in snowshoeing from NorthEast Wilderness Experience (NEWE).


It was plenty of laughter and lots of snow, all wrapped up in adventure.
Friday found Lindsey Pender’s Lakeside Fourth graders getting a lesson in snowshoeing from NorthEast Wilderness Experience (NEWE).
It’s about inviting kids outdoors and teaching them to play again, said NEWE Owner Dan Corrigan.
Snowshoeing offers “an alternative for the kids to get out and get more exercise, which we all need during the winter,” Corrigan said.
Offering instruction and encouragement, Corrigan and Paul Mang, executive trip coordinator, made the two-hour outing fun.
“It’s awesome. I could do this all day,” said Landon Hocker, 9. “It’s easier to walk on the snow with and climb up hills.”
Fourth grader Joseph Rongetti, who loves to snowboard, said Friday was his first time snowshoeing. “It’s really a lot of fun. It gives you good exercise.”
“It’s easier to run and walk in it,” said Camden Bannan with a big smile.
Students Colin Rickard and Bree Edwards said drifting down the hills or glissading was the best fun.
“When we’re sliding down on the heels of the (snow) shoe, it’s called glissading. When we’re climbing ...we talk about crampons, which are the traction spikes on the bottom of the snowshoe, which allows you to have traction in the snow and on the ice,” Corrigan explained.
Pender said it’s all about teaching students “that they need to become more active. And there are so many ways that they can become more active, beyond just sports teams. They’re a great class.”
Heavily involved with the schools, Corrigan said, “You get to touch a lot of kids that would normally never have this experience offered to them.
“We also go in and do kayaking programs with kids, climbing and hiking. So, the idea is lifelong sports. And things that they get exposed to in school they can literally do for the rest of their lives,” he added.
“About one in every 1,000 kids doesn’t like it. It’s playing. It’s down to the root of what kids like to do. They like to play,” Corrigan said.
To learn more about NorthEast Wilderness Experience, go to newildernessexperience.com.