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Programs & ActivitiesAdirondack Interpretive Center

Learn about the programs at the AIC and ESF's Newcomb Campus.

The AIC is your one-stop source for outstanding learning experiences in the central Adirondacks!

We offer some great opportunities to supplement your Adirondack experience:

  • Fly Fishing Workshops
    There are two fly fishing offerings at the AIC. A one day Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop and a Fly Fishing Weekend Workshop where you delve deeper into the art and sport of this wonderful pastime. Both are great for the begining fly fisherman or someone who wants to enhance their skills.
  • Huntington Lecture Series
    Join us Thursday nights in July and August for presentations that range in topic from ecology to history to philosophy.
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  • Artist in Residence Program
    ...designed to enrich the experiences of Adirondack Park residents and visitors and to demonstrate our commitment to conversations and programs that bridge science and the arts.

AIC Events Calendar

All AIC events are supported by ESF’s Northern Forest Institute (NFI) unless otherwise noted.

May
4

Saturday

Introduction to Fly Fishing

9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | Event Website | At this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to the art and science of fly fishing. Instruction will focus on the basics of fly casting, gear, and technique. Licensed Fishing Guide Rick Kovacs will be your instructor for this event. No equipment or experiences ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000

Early Migrant Bird Walk I

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | Event Website | Join us to look for our early arriving avian migrants. We will either travel walk along the Rich Lake Marsh or hike the trails at the AIC to see which resident and migrant birds are in the area. Both walks are easy rambles and great for beginning birders. | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000

Salamander Saturday

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | AIC events | Come for an evening exploration focused on salamanders and other amphibians. Depending on the weather, we might visit a vernal pool to look for salamander and frog eggs, or check some of our artificial cover objects (aka - bricks in the woods) looking for the ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


May
11

Saturday

Early Migrant Bird Walk II

10:00 am - 12:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | Event Website | Join us to look for our early arriving avian migrants. We will either travel walk along the Rich Lake Marsh or hike the trails at the AIC to see which resident and migrant birds are in the area. Both walks are easy rambles and great for beginning birders. | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000


May
25

Saturday

Spring Wildflower Walk

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | Event Website | Guest Naturalist Peter O’Shea will take you on the AIC trails to look for some of the beautiful blooms of spring. Trout lily, Two-leaved Toothwort, Trillium and Canada Mayflower are just a few of the species you can expect to see and learn to identify.  | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000


July
11

Thursday

Lecture - Unveiling the Secret Lives of Nesting Adirondack Loons

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | AIC events | Dr. Nina Schoch of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will discuss the results of her most recent research on the iconic Adirondack species, the common loon. | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


July
18

Thursday

Lecture - The Quest for a Heritage Lake

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | AIC events | Dr. Curt Stage of Paul Smiths College will present on his quest to locate pristine lakes in the Adirondacks. Wolf Lake, a water body located on the ESF Newcomb Campus, features prominently in his presentation. | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


July
20

Saturday

Annual Rubber Loon Race

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | Event Website | Our Annual Rubber Loon Race will be on July 20th at 3:00 PM. Come and join the fun as we release our rubber loons to race down the outlet of Rich Lake. There are prizes available to the top loon athletes. You can sponsor a loon for $10 and all proceeds support ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000


July
25

Thursday

Lecture - Night Moves: Natural History of Adirondack Flying Squirrels

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Although seldom seen, two species of flying squirrel inhabit that Adirondack Park. Both play an important role in our ecosystem, but the occurrence of one species can be a great detriment to the survival of the other. Learn about these beautiful nocturnal critters ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
1

Thursday

Lecture - Meet the Honeybee

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Honeybees are the largest contributors to plant pollination. Kevin and Jackie Woodcock of SkyLyfeADK in Star Lake New York will explain why honeybees are important, their life stages, and the issues impacting honeybee populations. | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
8

Thursday

Lecture - Aviation Archaeology in the Adirondacks

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Scott van Laer, Forest Ranger for the NYS DEC, will share his quest to identify and locate aviation crashes in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. His work on this project is of historical interest and serves as a way to honor the lives that were lost ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
15

Thursday

Lecture - Shell Games: Turtles in the Adirondack Region

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Dr. Glenn Johnson from SUNY Potsdam has been studying turtles for over 30 years and is co-author of the book - "The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State". He will discuss the life histories of the various turtles in our region, their importance in the ecosystem ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
22

Thursday

Lecture - Rural Indigenousness; A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Dr. Melissa Otis-Dixon has recently completed a comprehensive study that examines the indigenous people of this area and their relationship with the Adirondacks, both as a landscape and as a culture. Dr. Otis-Dixon will present on the dilemma that indigenous ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000

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Contact the AIC

5922 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
518-582-2000
aic@esf.edu

NFI Outreach

Educational programming and nature-based outreach led by the Northern Forest Institute (NFI) includes, but is not limited to, public events at the AIC.

Visit NFI's website for more information on their programs, projects and initiatives, including:

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