Loons and Logs Day
Saturday, July 16th
With activities for everyone in the family, all are welcome to discover the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks through hands-on, nature-based programming and events.
10:00 am Northern Forest Nature Walk
Learn about the history of logging on the Huntington Wildlife Forest as we visit the site of an old log boom. We will learn what types of trees that were harvested in the area and the fate of these logs as they traveled from Rich Lake, down the Hudson River, to the paper mills below.
2:00 pm Artist in Residence Sculpting Demonstration
George Bumann, our 2016 Artist in Residence, will create a sculpture of the bird of the day - the common loon. You'll be able to watch George work and learn about loon biology as he creates this piece of art
3:00 pm 5th Annual Rubber Loon Race
Release the Loons! The only race of its kind, our custom designed and made in America loons tumble into Rich Lake outlet and race 400 yards to the finish line. Prizes donated from local businesses will be awarded to the first four loon s across the line.
2016 Grand Prize Packages
The Artist Package
- An afternoon of instruction with local artist Frances Gaffney, a set of compact watercolors and other equipment to get you started on a new hobby.
The Heart of the Park Package
- Overnight accommodations at the Hoot Owl Lodge, a guided bike or boat trip from Cloud Splitter Outfitters, a round of golf at High Peaks Golf Course, and a gift Certificate from Scoop's Great Ice Cream and more.
The Loony Package
- A pair of Eagle Optic binoculars, a guided kayak trip on a private lake to observe loons (and maybe chicks!), a loon book and print.
The Fishing Package
- Fly rod, fly box with assorted flies and instruction with Professional Fly Fishing Guide Rick Kovacs
Sponsoring a Loon in the Race
Sponsor a loon and you can be a winner! As you watch the front runners swim through the finish line, have your fingers crossed that it's your sponsored loon. Sponsors of the top loon finishers win one of the prize packages listed on the right. Prizes are generously donated by local businesses.
You can also purchase your very own loon! By doing so you are not only bringing home a piece of the Adirondacks, but you are also supporting the one-of-a-kind programming offered here at the AIC!
All funds raised through the sponsoring and purchasing of our rubber loons directly support the unique, exciting and place-based public programming we offer at the AIC.