NYS DEC Environmental Education Camp and Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration ForestESF Regional Campuses, Forest Properties & Field Stations
Pack Forest, located in the southern Adirondacks, is DEC's newest camp, opening for the first time in 1998 and conducting a high school-level program in environmental studies.
The camp is located in Warren County, about five miles north of Warrensburg, on 2,500 acres of woodlands. The property includes an 85-acre lake and countless miles of trails leading to mountain vistas, marshes and the banks of the Hudson River. DEC is using the property under an agreement with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which owns the land. Pack Forest was named after Charles Lathrop Pack, an Adirondack landowner who donated the land to the college to be used for research and training in the field of environmental studies.
The Warrensburg, New York campus plays host to one of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's environmental education camps, where high school students receive an introduction to environmental studies. PO Box 158, Warrensburg, NY 12885, 518/623-9679.
From Albany and all points west, south and east, take the Northway I-87 to Exit 23 (Warrensburg/Diamond Point). Turn left and then right onto US-9. Proceed on US-9 through the town of Warrensburg. Approximately 1/4 mile after the junction with Rt. 28 (stay on Rt. 9) you will see a large white sign on the left hand side of the road stating "Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest." Turn left into the driveway and follow slowly (15 mph) to camp, approximately 1.2 miles.