Blue Mountain Lake, NY – Adirondack Experience (ADKX) announces the second annual “Xperience for All,” an inclusive recreational event that will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration of outdoor activities, the welcoming event is designed to introduce outdoor opportunities to those who are new or not comfortable exploring the region’s woods and waterways on their own.
Visitors of all abilities can participate in workshops, games, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, all focused on providing a foundation to safely pursue recreation – from sports and birding to simply reflecting in nature – on their own. Admission will be free for all on event day.
“With the success of last year’s event, we are thrilled to bring this unique experience back to ADKX,” said Cheryl Braunstein, Director of Interpretation. “We’ll be showing visitors everything from essential items needed in a go-bag for a hike to options for creating a fully accessible campsite. Having the variety of 25 partner organizations on-site also strengthens cohesion among companies that serve our area’s diverse audiences.”
Demonstrations throughout the day will cover basics, such as how to safely get into a canoe and center yourself in nature. Specific programs include:
- The Adirondack Diversity Initiative with Tiffany Rea-Fisher
- What Goes into a Go-Bag with Katy Carroll, Disability EmpowHER Network
- Boreal Birding in the Adirondacks with Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshop LLC and Northern New York Audubon
- Nature Exploration with The Wild Center
- Adirondack Vagabonding: A Slow Journaling Workshop with Robin Caudell
- Intro to Lacrosse and demonstration with Percy and Haõnhwanjya:naweñh Shendandoah
- Bike Obstacle Course with Justin Oliver, Human Power Planet Earth
- Adaptive Sports with Jimmer Hayes & Olympic Regional Development Authority
- Accessible camping with DEC
- Forest Bathing: A Guided Nature Sensory Walk with Adirondack Riverwalking (75-90 minutes, pre-registration required)
- Casting Nature with ADK Artrise
Xperience for All embodies ADKX’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. The event’s advisors include regional BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ leaders as well as representatives from the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, SUNY-Potsdam, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), Outdoor Afro, and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).
For more information, a complete list of participating organizations and program schedule, visit: https://www.theadkx.org/event/
About Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake:
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections in more than 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks. The ADKX offers a broad range of programs and activities including special and permanent exhibitions, the 19,000-square-foot Life in the Adirondacks interactive exhibition, and an outdoor hiking and boating experience on Minnow Pond. ADKX offers daily activities with artisans-in-residence, workshops, lectures, nature walks, family and educational programs, and signature events like the Rustic Furniture Fair, FallFest, and the Adirondack Artisan Festival. Adirondack Experience’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.
Photo at top: Last year’s Xperience for All event. Adirondack Experience website photo.