Spruce launches wilderness Trek Program

Spruce Mountain Inn is excited to announce the launch of our new Trek Program!


Like our wilderness program colleagues, Spruce Mountain is committed to providing our clients with opportunities for expanded therapeutic work through outdoor and adventure experiences, and has long offered day programming as a component of our clinical model. The Trek Program will feature 3-5 day extended wilderness trips designed to facilitate personal challenge, individual and group problem solving, leadership and social skill development, and exposure to discomfort or fears in a structured, supportive adventure setting. There is ample evidence that wilderness programming provides a particularly rich therapeutic process that allows for intense, rapidly metabolized progress on treatment issues, and we are excited to see the clinical integration of these experiences for our young adults.

Green River Reservoir

Green River Reservoir


The Trek Program is led by longtime staff member Sebastian Chandler, who has more than a decade of experience leading wilderness and adventure programming throughout Vermont and the US and holds certifications in Wilderness First Response (WFR), Outdoor Leadership Programming, and various adventure activities including paddling, skiing, and rock climbing. Additional Spruce staff who are well-known to our residents and possess wilderness and outdoor experience will join the Treks and provide strong connection between treatment goals and the wilderness experience.


Spruce’s first Trek takes place June 3-5 in Green River Reservoir State Park, a 653-acre pristine wilderness area in northern Vermont. Residents will be paddling in to a remote campsite and have full responsibility for making their own camp, cooking, and other daily living tasks during the trip.capture 4


For more information about Spruce Mountain Inn or our Trek Program, contact Candace Beardsley at [email protected]