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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.
  • 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.
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AIC Events Calendar

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

July
24

Wednesday

Wildlife Wednesday - Marten and Fisher

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | These one-hour programs are a great introduction to some of the fascinating mammals that are found in the Adirondacks. Weather permitting, a guided walk on our trails will focus on the natural history of our forest neighbors. | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


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


July
27

Saturday

Half Day Oil Pastel Workshop

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | This workshop will cover the basics of landscape composition along with the special tendencies of color in the landscape. You will develop an understanding of how to use the opaque qualities and vibrant color of oil pastels. All levels welcome. Preregistration ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000

Woods Walk - Reptiles and Amphibians

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | The Adirondacks are home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians. On our guided naturalist walk, we will examine the different amphibians and reptiles that live in the Adirondacks. | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


July
28

Sunday

Art Along the Trail

11:00 am - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | Event Website | Artist will be working en plein air (weather permitting) on the trails at the AIC. A great opportunity to watch the artist work and share tips and techniques! | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


July
31

Wednesday

Wildlife Wednesday - Coyote and Bobcats

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | These one-hour programs are a great introduction to some of the fascinating mammals that are found in the Adirondacks. Weather permitting, a guided walk on our trails will focus on the natural history of our forest neighbors. | 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
3

Saturday

Woods Walk - Medicinal & Edible Plants

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | On this walk, learn about the many edible and medicinal plant species found in the Adirondacks, how these plants were historically used, and which ones are still used today. | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
4

Sunday

Art Along the Trail

11:00 am - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | Event Website | Artist will be working en plein air (weather permitting) on the trails at the AIC. A great opportunity to watch the artist work and share tips and techniques! | 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
10

Saturday

Half-Day Watercolor Workshop

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | Participants will develop an understanding of the transparent qualities of watercolor paint while creating a landscape painting. The basics of landscape composition along with the special tendencies of color in the landscape will be covered. All levels welcome. ... Read More | Sponsor: Adirondack Interpretive Center/Adirondack Park Institute | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000

Woods Walk - Freshwater Macroinverterbrates

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | The streams, ponds and lakes of the Adirondacks provide the perfect habitat for a variety of small aquatic insects. Be prepared to get your feet wet (or not) as we will look for some of the more common species like dragonfly and stonefly nymphs and the pesty ... Read More | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
11

Sunday

Art Along the Trail

11:00 am - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | Event Website | Artist will be working en plein air (weather permitting) on the trails at the AIC. A great opportunity to watch the artist work and share tips and techniques! | 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
17

Saturday

Woods Walk - Fern Identification

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | AIC events | The Adirondack forest has an abundance of fern species, some of which can be difficult to identify. We will be identifying the easy ones! During this walk on the AIC trails, we will talk about how their unique reproductive scheme makes them different from other ... Read More | Contact: Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5185822000


August
18

Sunday

Art Along the Trail

11:00 am - 3:00 pm | 5922 State Route 28N | Event Website | Artist will be working en plein air (weather permitting) on the trails at the AIC. A great opportunity to watch the artist work and share tips and techniques! | 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 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 populations ... 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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