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Programs & Activities
Adirondack Interpretive Center

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AIC Events

  • August Program Calendar (PDF)
  • Come meet and interact with our first ever Artist-in-Residence! Artist Frances Gaffney will be leading workshops and demonstrating along our trails all summer long!
    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    · Our Magnificent Milky Way

    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    The Milky Way is the destination for the evening! Local amateur astronomer Bob Fisher will lead participants on a tour through the summer sky both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Stargazers of all ages are welcome. Call 518-582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518-582-2000

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    · Art Along the Trails

    Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    Artist-in-Residence Frances Gaffney will be drawing and painting out along the trails today! Stop by to chat, exchange tips and techniques and observe Frances as she works.
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    · Mushroom Walk with Susan Hopkins

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    With the guidance of mushroom expert Susan Hopkins, head out for a mushroom hunt along the trails! The walk will be followed by an exploration and discussion of the specimens found and collected during the walk. Bring a lunch. Call 518-582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    · Watercolor Workshop with artist Frances Gaffney

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    Award winning painter and AIC's Artist-in-Residence, Frances Gaffney will demonstrate her approach, materials, and equipment. Frances will choose a scene to paint and participants will gather around and paint along with her in a step-by-step method. By observing ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    · Art Along the Trails

    Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    Artist-in-Residence Frances Gaffney will be drawing and painting out along the trails today! Stop by to chat, exchange tips and techniques and observe Frances as she works.
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    · Adirondack Fly Fishing Retreat

    Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | ONGOING —continues through Sunday, September 14, 2014 | More AIC Events!
    Geared toward beginning fly fishers, this workshop will not only focus on the art of fly casting and fly fishing, but also on the natural science of fly fishing. Led by licensed fly fishing guides with backgrounds in environmental science, the workshop will ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    · Mushroom Walk with Susan Hopkins

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    With the guidance of mushroom expert Susan Hopkins, head out for a mushroom hunt along the trails! The walk will be followed by an exploration and discussion of the specimens found and collected during the walk. Bring a lunch. Call 518-582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    · Mushroom Walk with Susan Hopkins

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center - 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY | More AIC Events!
    With the guidance of mushroom expert Susan Hopkins, head out for a mushroom hunt along the trails! The walk will be followed by an exploration and discussion of the specimens found and collected during the walk. Bring a lunch. Call 518-582-2000 or email aic@esf.edu ... Read More
    Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

The Adirondack Park Institute

Some AIC programs are sponsored by the Adirondack Park Institute—a membership organization and an important supporter of the AIC. Institute members receive discounts on many AIC programs. Visit the API's website to learn how you can get involved in improving Adirondack education, outreach and conservation.

Programs & Activities
Adirondack Interpretive Center

The AIC is the nexus for public programs, events, speaker series, courses and other activites offered through SUNY-ESF's Northern Forest Institute. The AIC is your one-stop source for outstanding learning experiences in the central Adirondacks. Use the calendar and programs described below to find opportunities for your Adirondack experience. Or contact our staff to create a custom program for your group.

Educational Programs

We provide cross-curricular, state standards-based educational programs year-round! Plan a day trip or take advantage of our housing and dining facilities and create a multi-day residential experience on our Huntington Wildlife Forest.

Can’t come to us? We’ll visit your classroom!

Drawing from the sciences, history, technology, the arts and humanities, outdoor skills, and Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) research, the AIC offers hands-on, place-based experiential educational programs for groups of all ages.

Interdisciplinary Programs to Support Your Curriculum

Choose from any of the concepts or programs below or work with us to build your own! Most programs can be adapted to meet your group’s needs. Contact us for more details.

  • Forest Ecology and Management
    Visit sites in various stages of ecological succession following natural and human disturbance. Inventory, measure, compare and contrast the biotic and abiotic components of each site including canopy cover, temperature, tree species, soil invertebrates, and wildlife.
  • White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management
    Students are introduced to deer ecology, monitoring and research methods with hands-on activities such as telemetry.
  • Small Mammal Ecology and Management
    Students use data collection and live trapping to learn about thelearn the diversity of Adirondack small mammal species, methods for assessing population density and distribution and the ecological importance of these organisms.
  • Adirondack Geology, History & Natural Resources
    Students get an introduction to geology, history and the evolution of technology while investigating the ecological, social and economic impacts of resource extraction in the Adirondacks. Program includes visiting abandoned mining and logging sites.
  • Interpretive Nature Hike
    Students join naturalist staff on a guided exploration of our trails, highlighting concepts including forest ecology, wildlife habitat, adaptations, relationships in nature and the diversity of life in the northern forest, from ferns to birds, trees to fish, and most everything in between.
  • Nature Observation & Nature Journaling
    In these two programs, students learn how to better observe nature and more greatly appreciate the natural world while expressing themselves through sketching, painting and writing. These programs support your ELA curriculum.
  • The Natural History of Literature
    Students learn the importance of understanding natural history to articulate a sense of place. This program uses excerpts from literature and writing exercises to highlight the process of creating an accurate and rich sense of place.
  • Macro-Invertebrate Studies
    Students explore the ecology of aquatic communities using scientific sampling techniques to learn about macroinvertebrates and their role as indicator species, a key determinant of water quality. Related programs focus on invasive aquatic species, water chemistry & limnology.
  • Tracking and Winter Wildlife Ecology
    Students strap on snowshoes and hit the trails, looking for signs of wildlife and learning about behavioral and physical adaptations animals use to survive winter in the Adirondacks.
  • Philosophy and the Nature of Inquiry
    Students learn to frame meaningful questions, adopt another perspective, and gain a greater appreciation for the complexity of philosophical concepts.
  • Foundations in Applied Ethics
    This program links ethical concepts with real-world case studies of regional issues to forge a connection between theoretical philosophy and practical resolution of environmental issues.
  • Town Meeting
    Students research and role-play various constituency groups culminating in a town meeting through which they gain experience in public speaking, exploring contentious issues from multiple perspectives. Students will better understand the role of information and science in public policy and decision making.
  • Ethics of Natural History Collections
    Students explore vertebrate teaching collections and their ethical and educational significance and implications.
  • Ecological Adaptations
    Students apply inquiry, observation and critical thinking skills while studying teaching specimens, skulls and skeletons to learn about the diversity of life and species’ adaptive responses to their living environment.

Teaching with Technology

We have the technology and know-how to supplement any of our programs with components such as data collection and management techniques, statistical analysis, GPS (geographic positioning system) technology, and GIS (geographic information system) mapping and analysis. For example, during the small mammal program students can use GPS technology to record live-trap locations then display and analyze the data using GIS software and computing resources available at the AIC.

Planning Your Visit

We charge a fee of $75 per hour of your program, which is flexible to accommodate your group’s needs.

Please contact aic@esf.edu to explore educational program opportunities and discuss the details of your visit.

The Adirondack Park Institute

Some AIC programs are sponsored by the Adirondack Park Institute—a membership organization and an important supporter of the AIC. Institute members receive discounts on many AIC programs. Visit the API's website to learn how you can get involved in improving Adirondack education, outreach and conservation.


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