Since 2007, L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools have offered instruction and experiences in the outdoors through courses, guided trips, and tours. Primarily based at Lake Nockamixon State Park, the Outdoor Discovery School in Lehigh Valley offers some of the most diverse programming in outdoor endeavors you will find on the East Coast. All equipment is provided and Beans’ expert instructors have a passion for sharing experiences and a sense of adventure in a wide variety of offerings.
Learn kayaking from friendly instructors with an entry level lesson lasting 90 minutes and beginning at $25. Want to hone your skills if you are already own a kayak? L.L.Bean has skills-based courses for all levels from four hours to all day covering safety, rescues, stroke skills, and maneuvers like learning the Eskimo roll.
Interested in something a little hipper? Try SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding). A 90-minute discovery course is only $25. If that hooks you, L.L.Bean will take you from beginner to expert with a progression of lessons designed to enhance your enjoyment and increase your confidence and ability. They also offer SUP yoga courses, SUP glow yoga (in the dark on glowing lighted boards), SUP glow tours, and more. It’s a wonderful way to challenge yourself in a non-impact sport. The satisfaction of gliding across the water on an SUP is indescribable.
If you're not a water person, they still have you covered with courses in wilderness skills, map and compass (both class room theory and field work), archery, fly casting, and guided hikes. Many of these activities are offered free of charge in the L.L.Bean retail store at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Registration and details for all events are found online.
So no more excuses - family fun is just around the corner and it’s waiting for you at L.L.Bean. Most courses are appropriate for kids ages 8 & up with an accompanying adult.