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.
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.