Posts Tagged ‘Paul Smith’s College VIC’

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

SAM Fest graphic

2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Forests, climate and Paul Smith’s

Fall at Paul Smith’s VIC

The Adirondack Park’s only four-year college is looking to expand its funding sources and boost enrollment using several grants. With about $3 million banked and $4 million more pursued, Paul Smith’s College is tracking new opportunities.

Some of their funding was awarded for their climate education.

“You can’t start to separate forestry education from climate education because if you follow the literature, we know that the Adirondacks is a big carbon sink,” Dan Kelting, president of the college, told me yesterday [Jan. 31]. “And so the Adirondacks plays a large role in regulating the carbon that’s in our atmosphere.”

There are also plans to establish a new research institute on campus. Read the story here.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Jenkins Mt. backcountry ski trails open to public in January

Cross country skier

Paul Smiths, NY – Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA), Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, and the Adirondack Powder Skier Association today announced that the Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Ski Area will be open to the public for backcountry skiing for a second full season, beginning in January 2024.  The 2023 season exceeded expectations, with a perfect safety record, high ratings from users, and establishment of thorough baseline criteria for the associated Visitor Use Management (VUM) project.

The Jenkins Mountain Open Woods Skiing Project was created with two objectives: develop an intermediate/advanced backcountry skiing area at Paul Smiths VIC to allow a safe, enjoyable and challenging backcountry skiing experience; and operate it as a demonstration Visitor Use Management (VUM) project to show VUM’s utility for managing recreational use on public and private lands within the Adirondack Park. The project is timely, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently engaged in two VUM study projects for managing the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC to offer “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics” Lecture on Nov. 11

Graphic for Nov. 11 climate change presentation at Paul Smith's College VIC.

Paul Smiths, NY – As part of their Fall Lecture Series, Paul Smith’s College VIC will host a presentation called, “Hotter Planet, Hotter Politics,” featuring Bill McKibben and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. on Saturday, November 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by the Adirondack Council and is free to students from Paul Smith’s College and North Country Community College, a donation of $5 from others is requested.

Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice.

His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC: Leave No Trace Spotlight program set for Oct. 27-29

Adirondack landscape on a sunny day

Paul Smiths, NY – All are welcome to join together this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 27 – 29 for a Leave No Trace Spotlight event focused on helping to protect Paul Smith‘s College Visitor Interpretive Center near Paul Smiths, New York. Leave No Trace’s new Spotlight program is a multi-day event to bring attention to community conservation, spread education, and to build momentum and inspire involvement for the future. Register online at this link. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

Can’t rain on their parade: Inlet’s Adirondack Kids Day fishing derby a success

Kids fish in the rain during Inlet's Adirondack Kids Day.

My rain gauge [read] three inches this morning (Monday, October 9) so since, Friday night [October 6] until this morning, it had rained…and I was out in it several times over the weekend. We had a few dry [Inlet’s Adirondack] Kids Day Fishing [Derbys] [in the past], but not many…so why start this weekend? It was wet (in fact – pouring rain) when we went out [on] October 7 with the first group of kids and some parents. You soon find out kids don’t care [about the rain,] they just want to catch a fish…so give them a pole and bait their hook, and they are fishing.

A few were dressed for the weather, [and] others were just getting wet…and catching fish. The fishing platform in Fifth Lake was a hot spot that morning. Fish were flopping on the deck all morning, [but] some got away. Sunfish of all sizes seemed to be the catch of the day. Some [kids also] caught fall fish, golden shiners, a small largemouth bass, and one rock bass. Most made it to the measuring board to get recorded for length. Some were fat and healthy, [and] others were short and skinny. [However,] they all counted in different age groups. Did I say it was wet? The worms were even swimming in the worm boxes before they went swimming in the water attached to a hook.

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host Circular Jazz Trio concert, Leave No Trace training course

Paul Smith's College VIC.

Paul Smiths, NY- Paul Smith’s College VIC has announced a slew of upcoming events to suit a wide variety of interests, including a free jazz concert featuring The Circular Jazz Trio set for tomorrow, Saturday, September 23, as well as an informative and interactive training course focused on the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This two-day event is slated for Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

Please see below for more details on these events and a link to keep tabs on other upcoming VIC events, such as a Mushroom Foray event set for tomorrow, and several opportunities to take a beginner-level canoe paddle on Barnum Pond with VIC staff.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host May 11 discussion on how climate change, carbon sequestration impact forests

Paul Smiths, NY – The Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) will be hosting a free panel discussion on the impact of climate change and carbon sequestration in forests. The event will be on Thursday, May 11. The event is free and open to the public. The Adirondack Council’s Rewilding Advocate, John Davis, will lead a world-renowned panel of scientists on how the climate change crisis will impact carbon sequestration in forests, as well as the discussion between “young” and “old” forests and how each sequesters carbon.

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Paul Smith’s College VIC releases new mobile app that offers interactive trail map

Paul Smith's College VIC.

PAUL SMITHS- The Paul Smith’s College VIC announced the release of its new mobile app that provides an interactive trail map with location services for ease of use on trail system. Content development began in July 2022. App Released in BETA mode to the Public in August. The past two years have been a story of growth, particularly in terms of technology. In August, the VIC
announced a “soft launch” of its new mobile phone application, that would allow users to view their location on an interactive map and explore points of interest along the trails. The app was developed by Frameless Technologies, whose mission is to “create immersive engagement opportunities for innovative brands to attract clients, visitors, and talent.”

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s College National Championship Nordic Team Celebration set for Jan. 11

Paul Smith’s College Nordic Ski Team

Paul Smiths, NY –  The Paul Smith’s College National Championship Nordic Team certainly has a reason to celebrate, as USA Nordic announced its team for the 2023 World University Games in Lake Placid, which includes two Bobcats, Aidan Ripp and Timothy Ziegler. The student athletes will represent the United States in the Nordic Combined event, a combination of classic cross-country disciplines and ski jumping. All are welcome to gather together to celebrate and honor the Paul Smith’s College National Championship Nordic Team (Bobcats) by attending a special event hosted by Paul Smith’s College VIC. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 11 from 6 to 8 p.m at the Frank Hutchins Lodge at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Guests will be treated to live music, free food, beer, wine and spirits catered by alum David Pittman. Event organizers have coordinated a special awards ceremony to recognize the team’s accomplishments. The ceremony is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Paul Smith’s College VIC is located at 8023 State Route 30 in Paul Smiths, NY. For more information about Paul Smith’s College VIC, call (518) 327-6241, email vic@paulsmiths.edu or visit https://www.paulsmithsvic.org/
 
Photo at top: Paul Smith’s College Nordic Ski Team. Paul Smith’s VIC website photo.

 

 


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Paul Smith’s College VIC names building for Frank M. Hutchins, founder of Adirondack Park Institute & longtime college trustee

PAUL SMITHS—The Paul Smith’s College VIC honored Frank M. Hutchins, one of its earliest supporters, by naming its main building in his honor. The VIC dedicated the Frank M. Hutchins Lodge in August.

Hutchins, who died in 2012 at 90, served as a Paul Smith’s College trustee for 33 years. He founded the Adirondack Park Institute in 1989 to support the then state-owned visitor interpretive centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb. As a longtime summer resident of the Adirondacks, he was passionate about the joys of nature—and intent that visitors learn about the significance of the Adirondack Park as well.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Paul Smith’s VIC to open Dec. 5 for ski season

Weather dependent, the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Information Center plans to open its doors on Saturday the 5th of December for the winter season.
Ski passes are on now on sale (season passes available here), which gives users access to more than 40K of groomed ski and snowshoeing trails. Click here for details on the fees for day use and season passes.
Please note: You can opt out of shipping and pick up your pass at the front desk. You’ll need to sign a NYS ski waiver. If you’d prefer to print an application and mail it to us, you will find the form and address online as well.
With users’ help and cooperation, staff aim to keep the building open throughout the season. Details on what to expect when you arrive at the VIC are forthcoming.
Photo courtesy of Paul Smith’s VIC

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hiker Permits? Turns out we’ve been there before

Over the past few years, articles in the Adirondack Almanack, Adirondack Explorer, and other  media outlets, in addition to posts on blogs and social media, has made quite apparent the issues facing the High Peaks Wilderness related to hiking and backpacking.

Matters of hiker education, the ever-increasing number of search-and-rescues, an overly strained and understaffed force of  Forest Rangers, parking, and litter have been brought to the forefront of the public’s attention.

A  variety of solutions have been proposed by groups such as the Adirondack Mountain Club  (ADK), Adirondack Council, and the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group (HPAG).  A hiker permit system is one of the proposed solutions. In contrast to other articles regarding  hiker permits, this one does not opine on the merits of such, but to make readers aware that they were once implemented in the Adirondacks – albeit at a very small scale.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

PSC VIC marks National Moth Week

By Anna M. Butler

Dr. Janet Mihuc is a biologist who specializes in entomology, which is the study of insects. She is a professor at Paul Smiths College in their Natural Sciences Department where she teaches courses in entomology, aquatic invertebrates, invertebrate zoology, and guides senior students’ research for their capstone projects. For several years she has been building a checklist of the moth species present on Paul Smith’s College lands. She served as the Director of Project Silkmoth, a citizen science project designed to document sightings of giant silk moths in northern New York State. She holds a Doctor of Arts in Biology from the Idaho State University.

National Moth Week is an international citizen science project. It runs July 18-26 this year.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In search of spring salamanders

By Thompson Tomaszewski, Lead Naturalist, Paul Smith’s College VIC

Every resident of the Park marks the changing of the seasons in their own way. We all joke about the “12 seasons of the Adirondacks” that include second winter, false spring, mud season (followed by third winter) and so on as if we are bothered by the seasonality of our landscape, but that is far from the truth. Us blue-liners have come to terms with our seasonal lives, and find excitement in the signs of seasonal changes.

The call of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) (pictured at left) is by far my favorite sound; no noise of any other critter compares. I could sit and listen for hours on end to their high pitched peeps. This, to me, is the song of spring in the Adirondacks.

Laced into this soprano song is the clucking call of the wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). Their rough tune is starkly contrasted with that of their neighbor’s but is equally a part of this choir that I’ve come to know and yearn for each April.

This choir is my favorite for two reasons: 1) it’s pleasing to the ear, and 2) it means that salamanders are getting ready to move.

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