Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is resuming its summer naturalist programming at Heart Lake. Visitors are welcome to explore the natural world of the Adirondacks through hands-on activities by attending one or all of the following Naturalist led interpretive programs, which will begin today, June 28, and run through August. All programs are free and open to the public.
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 and foster your curiosity. Check out the interactive exhibits, check out the touch table or simply browse through field guides. Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Mt. Jo Guided Hike
Take a hike up Mt. Jo with an ADK Naturalist and discover some of the secrets of the history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is one-mile to the top (one way), with a 700-foot elevation gain. Mt. Jo hikes start at 9am outside the Adirondak Loj daily.
Mt. Jo Summit Host
Every day from 10 am to 4 pm, an ADK naturalist will be atop Mt Jo to answer questions and enhance your experience from one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks.
Naturalist Guided Walks
Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the natural history of the Adirondacks both on land and water. Interpretive walks and paddling programs run at 10 am and 1 pm all summer long through mid-August. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.
Wednesday Evening Campfire
Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire and narrow escape: Heart Lake is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition started by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1878 by joining us around the campfire. Shows run from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater.
Friday Night Hike
Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. Don’t fear the dark; join an ADK Naturalist for a night adventure. Night walks held from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.
Saturday Naturalist Talks
ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater (In the Adirondack Loj if raining). Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Talks start at 8:00 pm.
For more information on daily programming, ADK membership or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj, call 518-523-3441 or visit our website.
Photo: The crew of 2021 ADK naturalists. Photo by Seth Jones/ADK