Saturday, June 5, 2021

APIPP Kicks off Invasive Species Awareness Week 2021

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and its partners kick off this year’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), June 6 – 12, with a free “Love Your Lakes” workshop on Wednesday, June 9, at 7pm. This online webinar will explore everything novice and experienced boaters need to know to prevent the spread of harmful invasive plants and animals when exploring North Country waters.

“With so many new and returning visitors to our Adirondack waterways, this workshop is a great way to ‘dive’ into summer and learn how protect our lakes and rivers,” said Tammara Van Ryn, APIPP Manager.

The Adirondack region’s five main watersheds host more than 11,000 lakes and ponds and over 30,000 miles of rivers and streams.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

CATS marks National Trails Day on June 5 with service projects

CATS logoThis year for National Trails Day on June 5th, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is doing something different.  Instead of just hiking trails, we will be making trails! Please join us and help make a trail. Choose between these two projects:
Broughton Ledges Trail in Moriah –  We initially cleared this trail going up the mountain over a year ago and it needs to have fallen branches removed and some pruning. There is also a new section about a mile in which needs to be cleared and another section that needs rerouting to avoid a wet portion of the logging road. Tools to bring are loppers, a hand saw, and gloves to protect your hands as you pick up the branches. To sign up, click  here !
*This is a fairly difficult 4-mile long trail so please keep that in mind when you consider registering.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A Warren County Treasure Hunt!

A new family event offered to explore region’s history, culture

letterboxing flyer, enjoy free historic, cultural, and outdoor adventures in warren county's first wilderness heritage corridor. pick up your passport and get started with this fun treasure hunt today!

Everyone loves a treasure hunt. And starting in June, Warren County-based First Wilderness Heritage Corridor has plans to bring you a county-wide treasure hunt that will take you to some of the coolest and most historic sites in Warren County!

The hunt will take the form of a growing hobby known as “letterboxing,” which incorporates orienteering, art and puzzle solving to find hidden treasures and complete a challenge. The goal is to find specified sites in the First Wilderness towns using clues in the form of a riddle.
Two kickoff events for the challenge will be held on Saturday, June 5th, one at The Kinnear Museum in Lake Luzerne and another at Martin’s Tree Farm and Sawmill in Thurman.
The new challenge was developed by Warren County Planning & Community Development, which oversees First Wilderness Heritage Corridor. The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor unites communities along the Upper Hudson River in celebrating their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.
This new letterboxing challenge will help local residents learn more about the region’s unique characteristics and history while also having fun!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Hancock House Museum Opens June 2 – Full Schedule of Programs, Exhibits Planned

lego model of hancock house museum

The Hancock House Museum in Ticonderoga will open Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning June 2.  The four-story museum and research library, located at 6 Moses Circle, will be open from 10 am until 4 pm during the month of June and will move to daily operations for the months of July and August.

A schedule of more than 13 programs and events is planned for the summer months.  “History, Race and Gender in the Adirondacks” is the overarching theme of this year’s activities and exhibits.

“For the past four years, the Ticonderoga Historical Society has made a conscious effort to present exhibits and programs focusing on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial,” said Hancock House Museum President Bill Dolback. “In addition, the historical society has developed a very popular program on “Jews in the Adirondacks,” presented to several hundred individuals in programs from Plattsburgh to Albany.

“Building on these themes of racial and gender equality, we are presenting a series of conversations, programs and exhibits around topics such as racial inequality in the Adirondacks, notable persons of color in our regional history, and the region’s role in the abolitionist and civil rights movement,” he noted.

Additional program offerings will feature a look at regional baseball teams of long ago, Adirondack Regiments in the Civil War, The WWII Homefront, the Irish in Musical Theater, Landscape Painters of the Adirondacks and others.  Several musical performances will also take place.  A full schedule is available at www.tihistory.org.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Cornell Brook Trout Conservation Field Day

brook trout swimming in water

A Brook Trout Conservation Field day presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hamilton and Herkimer Associations will be held on June 4-5 in collaboration with Trout Power and Great Camp Sagamore. The Field Day invites all to come to learn about the tremendous strides in research and conservation practices that are helping to restore the heritage strains of brook trout that were once abundant throughout the Adirondacks.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

DEC 2021 ‘I BIRD NY’ Challenge


I BIRD NY is one of the DEC’s many programs with the purpose of enabling entertaining ways to get the public to engage in nature, and outdoor activities. Bird watching is a generally low cost hobby and a great excuse to get the family together. Two levels of challenges provide kids experienced birders to take part in identifying birds, and to learn about bird life and offer a chance to win some new equipment.

To take part in the youth challenge (open to anyone 16 years of age or younger) check out the following link: I Bird NY Beginner’s Birding Challenge (PDF).

To complete the challenge, just ID 10 common NY species of birds, and submit the challenge sheet to the DEC either via mail or email. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win birding accessories.

In addition to the Beginner’s Birding Challenge, DEC is offering the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge (PDF). To complete the experienced birder challenge, birders of any age must identify at least 10 different bird species found across New York State. All participants in this challenge will also receive a certificate of participation and be entered into a drawing for birding accessories.

“I encourage all birders to contribute observations of breeding birds to the Atlas by creating a free eBird account,” said Julie Hart, Breeding Bird Atlas project coordinator for the Natural Heritage Program. “By doing so, birders will increase the value of their observations for conservation. The Breeding Bird Atlas is a valuable tool to help protect birds and their habitat.”


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

‘Maintain the Chain’ clean up event

fourth lakeInspired by and with the help of the Boon Family of Fourth Lake, the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association is teaming up the Towns of Webb & Inlet, the Adirondack Watershed Institute and the 6th-7th Lake Improvement Association to start an annual volunteer clean-up event to maintain the beautiful lakes and watershed of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.
They are planning to announce this event Memorial Day Weekend with an article in the Adirondack Express and will have registration tables set up – one at the Inlet Information Office and one at the Town of Webb Visitor Center.
They have some activities in mind for this event that will involve waterfront improvements, visiting the Adirondack Watershed Institute’s sanitation station and educating through some of their webcasts. They also plan to have awards for participants, including “Best Project” encouraging people to share some of their own ideas.
If you would like to help the FCLA with awards or have any questions about this event contact John Jeffery johnjeffery124@gmail.com or Ray Letterman rdletter@syr.edu.
Fourth Lake, part of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, photo courtesy of Elizgoiri, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, May 24, 2021

Black River Watershed Wednesday Webinar Series

black river watershedThe Tug Hill Commission and its partners at the Lewis, Jefferson, Hamilton, Herkimer and Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6 are pleased to bring you “Watershed Wednesday Webinars,” in May and June, as the in-person Black River Watershed Conference has been postponed again this year. All webinars are free, pre- sented via Zoom and require preregistration. This information is also available on the commission’s website at tughill.org/black-river-watershed-wednesdays-2021/.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Ironman and lacrosse set to return to Lake Placid

Scene at Ironman Lake Placid, 2013. photo by Nancie Battaglia

Summer 2021 major events will be hosted in Lake Placid / North Elba with restrictions that will keep the safety as a top priority. These events will include IRONMAN and the Summit Lacrosse tournament.

“The North Elba Town Board approved the 2021 IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon and Summit Lacrosse events following in-depth written and oral presentations from Summit Lacrosse and IRONMAN representatives, which included assurances of a reduction of athletes by 20% and that eligible athletes, coaches, officials, vendors, staff, volunteers and spectators in designated event areas will be required to provide proof of vaccination,” said Jay Rand, Town of North Elba Supervisor. “We thank the organizers for exceptional efforts to conduct these events with the highest degree of safety, and we wish safe and successful events to both IRONMAN and Lacrosse organizations.”

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Adirondack Theatre Festival announces summer 2021 line-up

Adirondack Theatre Festival logoTickets are now available for this summer’s 2021 Adirondack Theatre Festival, which includes a comedy, a musical tribute and a new play reading at the Wood Theater, as well as a free PB&J Cafe show for children at City Park. Nightly 30-minute music performances next to the Wood on festival show nights will also take place. 

“After a long intermission, it seemed appropriate that we open our summer with a comedy,” says Martha Banta, interim producing artistic director, of the play “Slow Food.” “Theater is a lot about human connections and what better way for audiences and actors to return together and connect through laughter.”

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Ausable River Association Announces Free Guided River Tours

canoes on the ausable river

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is offering free guided paddling, hiking, and interpretive programs in the Ausable and Boquet watersheds this spring and summer. “We are excited to offer these free programs for the third year in a row,” said Kelley Tucker, AsRA’s Executive Director. “It’s a great opportunity to experience the beauty of our region and learn about its flora and fauna.”

This year’s programs include 10 trips to lesser-known corners of the Ausable and Boquet watersheds. New for 2021 are an art and ecology workshop, waterfall hike, underwater mussel exploration, interpretive history tour, and women’s fly-fishing clinic. “We had so much success with last year’s tours, and the demand was so high, we decided to add additional offerings this year,” said Tyler Merriam, Donor Outreach Manager.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Depot Theatre Back on Track in 2021

the depot theatre is back on track with 3 live performances

The Depot Theatre in Westport is pleased to announce a return to live performances in 2021, with three main stage productions originally planned for 2020, featuring iconic figures and everyday heroes.

The Depot will adhere to both government and Actors’ Equity health and safety guidelines, which will require a number of protocol changes that include limited audience capacity, required face coverings, and ticket sales conducted entirely by phone.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Eighth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week slated for June 6-12

State Agencies Encourage Partners to Begin Planning Events
The State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (AGM) have announced that New York State’s eighth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 6-12. Organizations are encouraged to connect with their local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to begin planning events.

ISAW is an educational campaign featuring statewide events that promote an understanding of invasive species-how they get here, how to recognize them, what their negative impacts are-and empower New Yorkers to take action to protect the state’s resources from their introduction and spread. New York State is particularly vulnerable to invasive species due to its role as a center for international trade and travel. Managing invasive species is a long-term effort and requires collaboration from State agencies, stakeholder organizations, and the public.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

May 15 cleanup day planned for Lake Luzerne

Lake Luzerne signMorgan Duke Conservation Society today announced a tree planting and litter clean-up event at the Hudson River Recreation Area on River Road in Lake Luzerne, beginning at noon on May 15. The community is invited to participate in this free event. A check-in table will be located at the big parking lot between the Lake Luzerne-Warrensburg line, by the kiosk. Hand sanitizer, bags, snacks, and water will be provided. Participants are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.

Participants and visitors can walk the campsites and trails, including the Bear Slide trail, and other areas to help pick up garbage. Orange garbage bags and gloves will be provided. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will lead a tree planting program at approved locations in the Hudson River Recreation Area. A limited number of shovels and gloves will be available – the community is encouraged to bring their own gloves and shovels. DEC is providing the trees, which will be coming from the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery.

Please RSVP by visiting www.morganduke.ngo/events. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign them in.

Welcome to Lake Luzerne sign photo by Gwendolyn Craig/Adirondack Explorer


Monday, May 10, 2021

A ‘Wild Idea’

wild idea eventHear about the wild ideas that became “A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks” by Brad Edmondson.

Adirondack Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis will interview Edmondson about his 19-year project interviewing the people who fought for and against the Adirondack Park Agency Act that culminated in the book and a special series for the Adirondack Explorer Regulators and rebels: The forever wild fight.

Presented by Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Center for Writing 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

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