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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:

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? 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 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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