Education & Outreach
While the primary mission of the AEC is to support research, an active instructional program fulfills the public service spirit of SUNY-ESF. This program includes annual short courses and internships, andthrough the Adirondack Interpretive Centerworkshops for teachers, programs for secondary science students and the Huntington Lecture Series (see below).
The AEC provides a superb environment for teaching and learning. Students and faculty live at the station for short, intense, retreat-like experiences. Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or noncredit.
A variety of short courses are taught on Huntington Wildlife Forest that can be non-credit or taken as a credit course through ESF. Course topics range from philosophy to wildlife techniques to forest ecology. Class duration varies from weekend workshops to week long emersion courses.
The Adirondack Interpretive Center
The Adirondack Interpretive Centerpreviously operated by the Adirondack Park Agency as the Newcomb Visitor Interpretive Center opened in 1989 to welcome visitors to the Adirondack Park and help them learn about its beauty and importance as a resource. Today, the AIC continues to be a drop-in visitor center for Adirondack travelers, but also serves to coordinate programs and events offered by the Adirondack Ecological Center and other entities. Through school programs, exhibits, workshops, publications, and outreach programs, the AIC is an important regional resource to visitors and Adirondacks communities.
- Educational Programs
Through the AIC, Adirondack Ecological Center staff members provide on-site educational programs yearround. These programs translate AEC research into hands-on educational experiences for secondary school and college students and range in length from day trips to multi-day residential experiences. Educational program topics include but are not limited to ecology, wildlife biology, and forest ecology and management.
Lecture Series (Summer)
Each summer the Huntington Wildlife Forest sponsors a lecture series at the Adirondack Interpretive Center. This series covers a diverse group of topics ranging from natural history of the Adirondack Park's flora & fauna, to Adirondack Park politics, to cultural and world issues. Lectures are at 7:00 pm on Thursday nights during July and August.