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The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

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The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks

AIC's Interpretive Naturalist Internship - Apply Now!

Love the outdoors and sharing your knowledge with others? Would you like to spend the summer in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains? Then, the Interpretive Naturalist Internship may be the perfect fit your you this summer!

This is a 12-week internship for college students interested in environmental education and related fields. For more information, view our flyer and announcement for this internship position:

Coming Soon: Northern Forest Room

We are excited to announce the renovation of the AIC's exhibit room! The new exhibit will include three-dimensional and interactive displays on the natural and cultural history of the Northern Forest and Adirondack Park.

AIC's Artist-in-Residence Program a Success!

We were delighted and grateful to have Frances Gaffney last year as our first Artist-in-Residence last summer. In addition to finishing her thoughtful and beautiful series Feeling is the Prayer, Frances led multiple drawing and watercolor workshops and presented her series at Moon LIbrary on ESF's Main Campus. The program and Frances's work was recently showcased in the college's magazine ESF. You can the download the article by clicking here.

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 Forestry (ESF), the AIC serves thousands of visitors, local residents and program participants each year.

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.

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

Formerly known as the Newcomb Visitor Interpretive Center and administered by the Adirondack Park Agency, the AIC is now a branch of SUNY-ESF's Northern Forest Institute.

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


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