Beginners Backpacking Trip

April 13-14 @ 12pm (4/13) – 5pm (4/14)

Beginners Backpacking Trip

Are you interested in backpacking but not sure where to begin? Spend two days and one night along the Ice Age Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit learning essential backpacking skills in a safe and supportive atmosphere with a small group of like-minded folks. Guided by Adventure Education Manager, Bailey Veal, this trip offers a perfect introduction to the joys of backpacking. Embrace the challenge, camp under starlit skies, make new friends, and create lasting memories! No previous backpacking experience necessary – just a sense of adventure!

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Ages 21+

Members: $170 | Non Members: $190

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On this trip, you will learn:

– Overnight trip planning
– Packing an overnight pack
– Gear options and recommendations
– Safety considerations
– Water filtration techniques
– Backcountry meal preparation & storage
– Leave No Trace Principles and wilderness travel ethics
– Foot care and hygiene on the trail – And more!

What to Expect:

– Mandatory pre-trip planning meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 5-7 PM
– Hiking a total of 8-12 miles over two days
– Hiking over varied terrain
– Carrying ~30 lbs
– An empowering and hands-on learning experience with like-minded individuals

We bring:

– Backcountry camping permits
– All backcountry meals
– Group camping and cooking gear (tents, tarps, cooking equipment, water filters, etc)
– Detailed packing list

You Bring:

– Snacks
– Personal Gear: 50L+ Backpack and sleeping system (20°F sleeping bag and pad) *Riveredge has a limited supply of backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads available. Please let us know if you would like to rent one of these items. Backpacks and sleeping systems may also be rented for the weekend from Horizon Outfitters in Hartford, WI. Please inquire for more information!
– Personal utensils, bowl, and mug
– Personal clothing and items
– Vehicle Sticker/State Parks Admission


If you need to check your membership status , please reach out to our Membership Manager, Renee Buchholz at [email protected] or call the Riveredge office at 262-375-2715.

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April 13 @ 12:00 pm April 14 @ 5:00 pm

Winter Camp 2023

Winter Camp Three days of winter fun!

See you next year! Registration for winter camp 2024 will open on September 1st.

large group of winter campers gathered around a small campfire listen to a speaker

Winter Camp. It’s a condensed, snowy version of Riveredge’s famous summer camp! With all the beauty on this wild winter wonderland, it’s not hard to find things to do. Campers ages 6-12 are invited to join us for three days of snowshoeing, ice fishing, building campfires, hiking, playing games, making crafts, and more!

Three whole days of winter break spending time in the outdoors under the guidance of our fantastic environmental educators–what could be better? Both indoor and outdoor activities are carefully planned based on the weather and led by our fun and fully trained camp staff. Camp is a great experience for kids (AND for their parents who might appreciate a little quiet time during the busy holiday season).


What ages is this camp for? 

Winter camp is for campers aged 6-12. Once we have all our campers signed up, they will be divided into groups based on age, so you can be assured your child will be placed with an age-appropriate group!

What do campers need to bring? 

Once you’re signed up, you’ll get a full packet of info with everything you’ll need to know closer to the start of camp. But basically, enough layers and gear to be appropriately dressed for winter weather and a lunch. We’ll provide all the fun!

What time is camp? 

Camp is always held in December, from 9 AM to 4 PM each day. Campers will need to be transported to and from Riveredge at those times each day. Final day overnight option will have a 9am pickup the following morning.

Do I have to sign up ahead of time?

Yes, please! Pre-registration is required and Winter Camp enrollment is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis, so be sure to register as soon as possible!

What’s the cost?

2023 prices are $175 for members, $200 for non-members, and $35 to add on the Thursday overnight option. Not yet a member? Sign up here for discounts on camps, programs, special events, and much more!

Have more than one child interested in attending camp? We offer a multiple child discount!  First registration is full price and each additional child will receive 10% off. Camperships are available to assist families in need. Contact Steff Merten to apply for this financial assistance.

Any other questions?

We’re happy to help answer them! Give our camp coordinator, Steff Merten, a call at 262-375-2715 or contact her by email at [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: Registrations may be cancelled up to 30 days prior to camp to receive a refund of registration fees minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel less than 30 days before your week of camp, refunds are only given for medical reasons and family emergencies. These refunds are also subject to the $50 non-refundable deposit.

December 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am December 28, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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