The Green Living Guy

PLACID, N.Y. – ADK offers free programming hosted by our Naturalist Interns each summer 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 continue to run through August. All programs are free and open to the public.

Lake Placid Community Hike

ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks every Thursday at 10 am starting June 30th at Henry’s Woods just outside of the village of Lake Placid.  Meet at the trailhead on Bear Cub Lane and be prepared for a 2-mile walk over varying terrain.

Heart Lake Program Center at Adirondak

The following programs will begin on June 29th.

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. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mt. Jo Summit Host

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 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 wildflowers, habitats, trees, fungi, and beavers both on land and water. Interpretive walks run Wednesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. all summer long.

Wednesday Evening Campfire

Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire, and a narrow escape: Heart Lake is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition started by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1877 by joining us around the campfire. Moreover, shows run from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater.

Friday Evening Walk

Dusk and nighttime are wonderful times to explore the natural world. Don’t fear the dark; join an ADK Naturalist for a night adventure. Therefore, night walks are from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.

Saturday Kids Program

Every Saturday at 3:15 p.m., join an ADK naturalist for one hour of exploration and activities specifically for kids. Meet at the Nature Museum and be ready for an hour of fun.

Saturday Entertainment Series

ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC). Moreover, topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Lectures start at 8:00 pm in the HPIC.

All of our Summer Naturalist series is free and open to the public. For more information on daily programming, ADK membership, or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj, call(518) 523-3441, or visit our website at

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is a powerful voice protecting New York State’s wild lands and waters. ADK is a nonprofit organization with 30,000 members in 27 chapters and 36 year-round staff, offering programs that help people discover, play in, and protect natural places.

The Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) 28,000 members enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, camping, backpacking, biking, mountaineering, snowshoeing, and other “muscle-powered” outdoor activities. ADK is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve and other parks, wild lands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. Since our founding in 1922 in New York City, ADK is protecting wild lands and waters through environmental advocacy and conservation stewardship. Moreover, ADK members are committed to protecting the places they play in, volunteering countless hours to advance ADK’s mission of protecting natural resources and promoting responsible recreation.

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