Off-campus Activities

Ironwood upper-level residents in the Lakehouse an Farmhouse programs participate in a variety of off-campus outings and field trips to various scenic points of interest that are abundant in the state of Maine. Ironwood teens routinely take part in water activities, hikes, cross country skiing, and trips to Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park, the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, offers seven peaks above 1,000 feet, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges. In addition to mountainous terrain, there are vast woodlands and seaside terrain to explore.

Residents also enjoy a unique summer schooner trip. Gathered aboard the legendary and historic Olad, teens take in the wonders of the coastal region with sightings of bald eagles, osprey, and porpoise, as they cruise out of the tranquil harbor dotted with sloops, yachts, and lobster boats, pass by scenic lighthouses and admire the beautiful rocky coastline of Penobscot Bay and Mid-Coast Maine.

Residents at Ironwood also take part in volunteerism within the surrounding community and visit cultural events including plays, museum trips, and Portland Seadogs baseball games. Lake and river canoeing is another favorite activity where teens have the opportunity to enjoy Maine’s beautiful wilderness with sightings of wildlife, large and small.