Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Adirondack Mountain Club Free Summer Naturalist Series

adk mountain clubThe Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) offers free programming hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer. Attendees can experience the natural world of the Adirondacks and hands-on learning through Naturalist led interpretive programs during the month of August.

ADK is offering naturalist walks every Thursday at Henry’s Woods just outside of the village of Lake Placid. Walks start Thursdays at 10 am and are free and open to the public. Meet at the trailhead on Bear Cub Lane and be prepared for a 2 mile walk over varying terrain.

The following programs are held at Adirondak Loj.

The Nature Museum – The Heart Lake Nature Museum makes a great introduction to the natural world of the Adirondack High Peaks, for kids and adults alike. An ADK naturalist is always on hand to answer questions. Check out the interactive exhibits, use the microscopes, listen to bird and frog audio recordings, or browse through field guides. The museum is open Wednesday- Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Mt. Jo Guided Hike – Take a hike up Mt. Jo with an ADK Naturalist and discover some of the secrets and subtleties of the geography, history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is one-mile to the top, with a 700-foot elevation gain. Mt. Jo hikes start at 9 am outside the Adirondak Loj and are offered Wednesday-Sunday.

Mt. Jo Summit Host – An ADK Summit Host will be on top of Mt. Jo to educate hikers about the landscape and Leave No Trace practices and to provide information on the High Peaks wilderness viewed from the summit. Bring your questions to the top from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Guided Naturalist Programs – Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the beavers, trees, fungi, flowers, birds, and even the geologic history of the Heart Lake trails both on land and water. Interpretive programs run at 10 am and 1 pm, Wednesday-Sunday, all summer long.

Wednesday Evening Campfire – Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire and narrow escape: The Heart Lake Property is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition sparked by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1877 around the campfire. Shows run from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater.

Friday Evening Walk – Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. There is no need to fear the dark, instead join an ADK Naturalist for an evening of learning and exploring the night. Night walks held from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.

All Summer Naturalist series events are free and open to the public. For more information on daily programming, ADK membership or lodging, visit the Adirondak Loj,  or call (518) 523-3441.


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