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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hudson Data Jam Competition for Students

hudson data jam competitionThe Hudson River Valley has been intensely studied by scientists for decades, but many of the river’s science stories are not well known by the people who call the Hudson home.

Once again, Cary Institute educators are challenging middle school and high school students to creatively tell the stories of Hudson Valley environmental data in its annual Hudson Data Jam competition. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Camp Santanoni Hosting 7th Annual Winter Weekends

skiiers at santanoniWhile the grounds of Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb are open to visitors 365 days a year, the buildings are not typically open to the public during winter months.

The exception are designated Winter Weekends, when the rustic historic site is staffed with guides, and snowshoes are provided at the gate for the ten-mile round trip.

Three Winter Weekend events have been set this year: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 18-20; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, February 15-17; and the weekend of March 14 and 15.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, January 17, 2020

Reservations Open for Eighth Lake Campground

Reservations have re-opened for the May 15th start of the camping season at DEC’s Adirondack Park Eighth Lake Campground, Inlet, Hamilton County.

Earlier this year, DEC posted alerts in the camping reservation system to notify campers that the facility would open later in 2020, to accommodate planned improvements. DEC can now accommodate reservations for the first half of the season at Eighth Lake campground. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 17, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Conservancy Protects Twin Pines Property in Bolton

One of the streams that cross the newly protected propertyThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) closed on the purchase of 212 acres in the Town of Bolton on December 20, 2019. The property was part the Twin Pines Resort owned by the McGurl family. The resort is expected to be unaffected by the sale. The LGLC will hold the property until the Town of Bolton is able to purchase it from LGLC encumbered with a conservation easement. This transfer is expected to take place in early 2020.

The property includes about 20 acres of wetlands and 3,000 feet of stream corridor, and is adjacent to the popular Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve owned by the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC). » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Jan 16)

adirondack conditions 1-16This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to [email protected]

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

January 16th, 2020 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ADKX, Wild Center Working on Diversity

The Adirondack Experience (ADKX) and The Wild Center have received significant grant funding to advance their own diversity goals and those of the region.

The funding is expected to enable them to conduct research and staff training, and revise internal policies and procedures. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, is supporting the initiative with a $211,874 grant from its “Museums Empowered” program. Empire State Development (ESD)’s “Market New York Program” will provide an additional $129,945 in funding. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Adk Lakes Center for the Arts Call for Artists

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts call for artistThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (The Arts Center) is seeking artists to exhibit in the 2020 season. Exhibits are located in one of their three galleries and run for four to six weeks from June – December (dates subject to change). Each exhibit has an artist reception open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 Adirondack Women’s March Jan 18th

woman suffrage official program illustrationThe 2020 Adirondack Women’s March has been set for Saturday, January 18th in Lewis, NY. Organizers Sandra Weber and David Hodges are planning a combination of a march, rally and community celebration for this years event.

The aim of the march is to show solidarity with women around the world, and protect the civil rights, safety, and health of all people. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mother, Daughter Rescued on Spruce Mountain

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Doghiker: Great Hikes With Dogs

doghikerAlan Via’s new book Doghiker: Great Hikes With Dogs from the Adirondacks Through the Catskills (Excelsior Editions, 2020) is a comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes plenty of great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Icicle Contest at Saranac Lake Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced an Icicle Contest. The contest will be held on Saturday, February 1 at Riverside Park. Icicle drop-off begins at 11:30 am and judging takes place at noon. Contestants must take a photo of themselves with the naturally formed icicle before it is removed from their property and transport it to Riverside Park to compete for the longest intact icicle. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course in Amsterdam

Lifeguard in WinterThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a free waterfront lifeguard course February 18 through 21, at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, Montgomery County.

Those 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register for the free course. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguarding skills, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Coming Campaign at Fort Ticonderoga

Preparing for the Coming CampaignFort Ticonderoga has announced their next Winter Quarters living history event, Preparing for the Coming Campaign has been set for Saturday, January 18, 2020. The event will bring to life the story of American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the year 1777 as they prepare for a British attack.

A featured one-day display will highlight tools recovered from the historic landscape. These tools were used by soldiers to cut, chisel, file, crack, break, and dig to create the fortifications that defined the warfare of the 18th century. Fort Ticonderoga holds one of the largest collections of its kind in North America. » Continue Reading.



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