Paul B. Hai
6312 State Route 28N
(518) 582-4551 ext. 104
Paul B. Hai is Program Coordinator for the Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training(NFI) of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). He is co-founder of Children in Nature, New York and serves on the Grassroots Leadership Team of the Children & Nature Network.
Paul is passionate about creating interdisciplinary programs using natural history, inquiry-based activities and outdoor experiences as the foundations for teaching the process of science, exploring the Adirondack experience, and for getting children outside. This commitment to using informal science education as a vehicle for reconnecting children to nature will form one of the key programmatic themes of NFI's new Adirondack Interpretive Center.
Mr. Hai and his wife, ecologist Stacy McNulty, Associate Director of the Adirondack Ecological Center, live and work in Newcomb with their two daughters.
He first "visited" the Adirondacks at three-months old, returning with his family to camp on the islands of Lake George two weeks each summer for the next 14 years. In addition he spent 8 summers attending Adirondack Swim and Trip Camp on Jones Pond, an experience that took him by foot and paddle all over this region of mountains and lakes, and led him to decide the Adirondacks was the place he wanted to live. Prior to living in Newcomb, Paul spent 4 years living in Bolton Landing and working in Chestertown and Warrensburg before moving to Syracuse to attend graduate school at ESF. With the exception of college and 4 years living in Colorado, Mr. Hai has followed his dream of living and working (and now raising a family) in the Adirondacks.