Experience New Hampshire Outdoors with Professional Guides
In operation since 2003, Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire is committed to creating and providing the best experiences that fulfill the interests and abilities of individuals, families and groups with safety, fun and learning in mind.
Offering year-round outdoor adventures, lessons, sightseeing tours, and even indoor programs, our mission is to immerse participants in New Hampshire’s nature and heritage as they develop memories and life skills.
Through these experiences, participants may learn one or more of the following:
- basic and advanced recreational sports and outdoor skills
- New Hampshire nature and history
- fundamentals of leadership
- self awareness and development
- environmental awareness and ecological relationships
Note: Getting to know nature usually leads to appreciation, and our hope is for participants to be motivated to live their best life, and make decisions that positively affect our planet Earth for future generations.
Our guides share a joy of bringing people into their favorite destinations around New Hampshire, creating the perfect get-a-way for you with attention to detail. They each bring their own leadership flair and enthusiasm for people and the outdoors, wearing many hats: naturalist, historian, storyteller, athlete, logistics, expediter, medic, mechanic, instructor, and chef. You can expect an excellent guided experience in wild and scenic New Hampshire in every season because we focus on your safety, fun, and learning.
Jeff has years of experience as a nature interpreter of wild edibles, and plant and animal identification. “The two most important attributes a person needs to have in the woods is the correct attitude and awareness.” He has spent 35 years hiking and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He is experienced in wilderness survival, having attended courses at Tom Brown the Tracker School. Skills include: primitive fire making, shelter building, food gathering, primitive tool and weapons making, tracking, and awareness. He has recently completed hiking the 48 4,000-footers in New Hampshire. He also enjoys canoe camping and fly fishing.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Andrew’s outdoor experiences began at an early age. A childhood filled with hiking, canoing, kayaking, camping and skiing has given him a passion for the great outdoors. During ski season Andrew is employed at Loon Mountain as a freestyle coach while in the summer months, when not guiding, he works at an organic farm in central New Hampshire. He is also pursuing a degree in environmental science at Plymouth University. Andrew loves to share his knowledge of the outdoors and experiences with others.
Peter grew up in New Hampshire’s Great North Woods (aka The Grand North). He spent much of his childhood outdoors with his family and neighbors–hunting, ice fishing, and on dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and cross country skis. After meeting Lucie, he got into mountain biking, both technical and downhill. Together, they spent a lot of quality time getting familiar with New Hampshire’s year-round trails, backpack trips, and week-long paddle trips. Peter enjoys a career being a machinist, but due to his congenial rapport and local knowledge of New Hampshire, he is in demand for weekend adventures. Peter loves leading hikers to see great views and kayakers down whitewater. He is also an excellent animal tracker/spotter. “The best thing I like about our outdoor adventures is the fresh air and seeing everything we get to see.”
Lucie (LaPlante) Villeneuve
Born and brought up in the Lakes Region between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake, Lucie is a descendant of French-Canadian woodsmen and Acadian survivors. She has been a professional wilderness guide and outdoor educator in New Hampshire for over 20 years. Her interest in the great outdoors began as a child with family trips in New Hampshire as well as throughout Canada. She loves teaching outdoor skills and nature knowledge, as well as sharing her passion and respect for New Hampshire’s history, recreation, and wildlife. “I started this guide service because my dream is to pass on the tradition of wilderness travel by giving people the experience, knowledge, and skills to go out and be safe.” Her favorite recreational activities are cross country skiing and paddling and she specializes in guiding families and women’s groups. When she is not planning and leading trips, Lucie is busy raising the next generation of naturenuts as a mom of two young children.