The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

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The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

Celebrate Earth Day the AIC Way

Homeschool students and their families are invited to join us for an Earth Day Celebration on April 22-23. This free overnight program will explore Dr. Suess's The Lorax and learn about forest ecology, conservation and environmental ethics. Overnight lodging and meals are provided onsite, free of charge. For more information, visit our Programs page.

A Call For Artists!
Artist-in-Residence Planned to Continue Summer 2015

We were delighted and grateful to have Frances Gaffney as our first Artist-in-Residence last summer and we are excited to continue the program with a new Artist-in-Residence during the Summer 2015 season.

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) has the opportunity to spend a summer in the Adirondack Mountains, working, creating and sharing their work and passion with the public.

Are you an artist and interested in a residency at the AIC? We are accepting applications through Friday, April 24th. For more information, check out our AIR Flyer and Announcement!:

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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