The Center for Nature Interpretation in the Adirondacks
open every day, dawn to dusk
- Memorial Day – Sunday before Labor Day
Every day, 10am-4pm
- Labor Day – Sunday before Memorial Day
Friday - Sunday, 10am-4pm
- Additional hours available for special events and groups
The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) serves thousands of visitors, local residents and program participants each year, offering outstanding learning opportunities in the heart of the Adirondack Park – New York’s unique natural, cultural and recreational resource.
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 a public program to discover the cultural and natural history of the Northern Forest
- Visit our amazing new exhibit space – The Northern Forest Room
Our Amazing New Exhibit Space
The Northern Forest Room shares the natural and cultural history of the Northern Forest and Adirondacks through interactive displays, beautiful images and a bird feeding station.
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.
Essex Chain Camping Photo credit: ©Carl Heilman II, provided courtesy of The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter