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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:

  • Huntington Lecture Series
    Join us Thursday nights in July and August for presentations that range in topic from ecology to history to philosophy. (Summer 2020 Schedule Coming Soon!)
  • 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.
  • Winter Film Series
    A free film serie sponsored by the Adirondack Park Institute. Films are shown Sundays at 1:30pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Interpretive Center.
  • Winter Art Series
    In 2020 we will host four art workshops during the winter months with expert local artists.

AIC Events Calendar

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

January
25

Saturday

Paint with Me Workshop

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY | Event Website | In this guided painting workshop with Jackie LaCourse, you will create an 12” x 24” acrylic painting on canvas of a lovely Adirondack sunset scene. Materials are provided and all experience levels are welcome. All materials are provided. Pre-registration and ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518-582-2000


February
2

Sunday

Film - Leave it to Beavers

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Celebrate Groundhog Day with this film about its close cousin: the beaver. This is the fascinating story of North American beavers - their history, near extinction, and comeback. Beavers may play a large role in offsetting the impact of global climate change. ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


February
8

Saturday

Oil Painting Workshop

12:30 am - 4:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Join our 2019 Artist in Residence, Dennon Walantus, for a half-day oil painting workshop. Participants will create a their own painting while learning about landscape composition. You will learn the basics of oil painting under the guidance of Mr. Walantus. ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


February
16

Sunday

Film - Sex, Lies, and Butterflies

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | This Nature film follows the lives of butterflies from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to the emergence of the mature winged creature. Explore the astonishing survival techniques of butterflies, including their 360° vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry, ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


February
29

Saturday

Leap Day Winter Track Snowshoe

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | When identifying animal tracks in the snow, we often categorize the animals as walkers, trotters, bounders, or leapers. So spend this Leap Day learning which of our winter mammals leap across the snow and which ones plod. Newcomb Campus biologist Natasha Karniski-Keglovitz ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


March
1

Sunday

Film - Ireland's Wild River

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Get it into the St. Patrick's Day spirit by enjoying this film that touches on the splendor of Ireland. The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and longest river. Spend a year exploring its backwaters and tributaries where wildlife and beauty ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


March
7

Saturday

Seed Exchange

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | Event Website | Have too many carrot seeds but not enough beans or peas? Want to try a heritage tomato or curious isf eggplant will grown in your garden? Whether you have seeds or not, join interested gardeners to share gardening tips and ideas. Hosted by Lorraine Miga, Master ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 518582-2000


March
14

Saturday

Watercolor Workshop with Frances Gaffney

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Join us for a half-day watercolor workshop. Award winning painter Frances Gaffney will demonstrate her approach, materials, and equipment. By observing and receiving individual coaching, participants will learn Frances’ approach to composition, value planning, ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


March
29

Sunday

Film - Hudson River School: Artistic Pioneers

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Artists with the names of Cole, Durand, Cropsey, Bierstadt, and Church would impress the world with their painting brilliance. This film uncovers the artistic vision of these men as they create the first American school of landscape painting. This free film ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


April
5

Sunday

Film - Wild Way of the Vikings

1:30 am - 3:00 am | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | Travel from Norway to Newfoundland in the footsteps of the Vikings. Nature meets history in this journey showcasing the wildlife of the North Atlantic. This movie combines nature documentary film making with dramatic recreations to create a unique viewing experience. ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


April
18

Saturday

Painting with Patrice

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb NY | AIC Events | Patrice Jarvis-Weber will lead you in an acrylic painting workshop. Participants will be creating their own version of the beautiful Red Poppy painting by Georgia O'Keeffe who spent many summers on nearby Lake George. The finished painting will be 8 x 10" on ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


April
25

Saturday

Introduction to Fly Fishing

9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N Newcomb, NY 12852 | AIC Events | 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

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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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