Rooted in Adventure, Rooted in Appalachia

Appalachian Expeditions (APEX) is founded on the belief that connection to nature is an essential part of being human. As humanity has moved away from its roots in the natural world, we find ourselves in a challenging time. We believe sustainability starts when people connect with the natural world. Through our adventure-based expeditions, we help re-establish that connection.

At Our Core

Adventure

Adventure is inherently exciting and often involves leadership, risk management, and consequential decision making. Each adventure on which we embark helps us develop an innate sense of confidence and self-awareness that can be applied to all facets of life.

Outdoor adventures are complex and dynamic situations that allow us to examine ourselves and our place in the natural world. Our programs encourage the development of these crucial skills while helping participants discover what adventures best align with their personalities and individual goals.

Community

Developing a sense of community forms the foundation for sustainable living. Whether you’re part of a local community or a global network, we can accomplish more when we band together to achieve a common goal.

We help participants develop community engagement skills through our curriculum that focuses on communication, conflict resolution, and leadership.

Sustainability

Sustainability can mean different things to different people. At APEX, sustainability means:

  • Reducing our impact on the natural environment and its resources so they may be preserved for future generations.
  • Educating people about sustainability concepts and how they can be incorporated into daily life.
  • Promoting strong environmental ethics.

We reduce our impact on the planet by adventuring close to home. We offset our footprint by planting trees, composting food, and diminishing waste via refusing and reducing our use of new materials. We reuse, repair, repurpose, and recycle as many products and resources as possible.

Nature Connection

We are an institute whose beliefs are rooted in the concept of Deep Ecology. Meaning, we recognize that humanity is a key component to the natural functioning ecosystem of the planet, but does not have more or less value than any other organisms in the ecosystem. Many of our programs, either explicitly or implicitly, attempt to help participants find their ecological identity in this world. This eco-philosophy (among others) permeates our program beyond just the ideas that we teach; we use it as a model to organize our systems, staff, and schedule.

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Summer 2020 Youth Expeditions

Cheat River Watershed Expedition

Cheat River Watershed Expedition

Saturday, July 18–Saturday, August 1, 2020
Two full weeks of boating and backpacking adventure while exploring the majestic Cheat River watershed (ages 15-17).
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WV Highlands Adventure

WV Highlands Adventure

Friday, July 3–Saturday, July 11, 2020
Nine days of backpacking and canoeing in the Allegheny Mountains (ages 13-14).
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Tucker Community Backpacking Trip

Tucker Community Backpacking Trip

June 22–June 26, 2020
A five-day experience for local youth to get out and explore the Otter Creek Wilderness Area of the Monongahela National Forest (ages 11-12).
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APEX Adventure Day Camp

APEX Adventure Day Camp

August 3–August 6, 2020
Four days of big adventures: hiking, biking, canoeing, and caving (ages 9-13).
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APEX Wild Day Camp

APEX Wild Daycamp

1. July 27–July 30, 2020
2. August 10–August 13, 2020
Four days of fun and adventure where we’ll explore nature through a new and unique lens each day (ages 5-8).
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Summer 2020 Adult Expeditions

Environmental Activists Retreat

Environmental Activists Retreat

Friday, August 21–Sunday, August 23, 2020
A four-day retreat for people who are working to protect the environment on a daily basis.
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Women Wandering: Backpacking in WV

Women Wandering: Backpacking in WV

Thursday, September 10–Sunday, September 13, 2020
Four days of backpacking, yoga, connection, and fun with women who want to expand their wilderness skills.
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Mountain Bikepacking

Mountain Bikepacking

October 9-12, 2020
Three days on two wheels equals one awesome weekend. This self-supported bikepacking trip will explore Davis, Thomas, the Canaan Mountain Backcountry, and the Blackwater Canyon by bike.
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Co-Created Expeditions

Our co-created expeditions offer an opportunity to customize your Appalachian Expeditions experience. Our highly qualified instructors are extremely knowledgeable of the area and have a diverse range of skills and strengths. We offer backpacking, boating, and biking trips and can work with third parties if there is a different activity that you are interested in pursuing.
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