The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

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The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

AIC's First Northern Forest Festival
Featuring the 4th Annual Rubber Loon Race

Our Memorial Day weekend fundraising celebration is back with a new style!
Join us Saturday, May 23rd for an outdoor, nature-filled day with activities and demonstrations for all ages.

Be sure to meet usat the west bridge on our Sucker Brook Trail at 2pm to witness the start of the 4th Annual Rubber Loon Race - the only one of its kind in the world. Sponsor a loon in the race for just $10 to enter for your chance to win one of our four Grand Prize Packages!

The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) offers outstanding learning opportunities in the heart of the Adirondack Park – New York’s unique natural, cultural and recreational resource. Managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forest (ESF), the AIC serves thousands of visitors, local residents and program participants each year. The AIC is part of SUNY-ESF’s Newcomb Campus and is managed by the Campus’s outreach program, the Northern Forest Institute.

Visit the AIC as you explore the Adirondacks:

  • Relax in our lobby with views of the surrounding forest and enjoy the birds at our feeders.
  • Speak with a staff naturalist.
  • Explore trails through lakeshore, river, forest and wetland ecosystems
  • Participate in one of our public programs to discover the cultural and natural history of the Northern Forest

Educational Programs & Facilities

The AIC offers public programs, events, speaker series, courses and other activities throughout the year to the public as well as school groups. AIC programs provide individuals and groups with opportunities to learn directly from ESF faculty and staff members and guest experts.

ESF's extensive Adirondack facilities provide sites for classes, meetings, conferences and multi-day residential programs.


Most AIC facilities and programs are wheelchair accessible. Contact us for details.

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AIC Hours

  • Trails
    open every day, dawn to dusk
  • Center building
    • Labor Day to Memorial Day
      Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm
    • Memorial Day to Labor Day
      Every day, 9am - 5pm

Contact the AIC

5922 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852

Essex Chain Camping Photo credit: ęCarl Heilman II, provided courtesy of The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter


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