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High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) Lecture Series

ADK offers a wide variety of educational and cultural topics intended to increase awareness and appreciation of the environment, including presentations on natural history, backcountry recreation, Adirondack art, music, and history.

The Saturday evening lectures at the HPIC begin at 8 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public.

Adirondack Architecture: Great Camps and the Rustic Tradition
June 28
Join Steve Engelhart, from Adirondack Architectural Heritage, as he gives a presentation about the late 19th century rustic architectural style of the Adirondack great camps.  These camps were often built for wealthy urban clients and were constructed with a variety of natural materials so that they were harmonious with the Adirondack landscape.  This rustic style eventually influenced the design of Western lodges and hotels built by the National Park Service. 

Music: Annie and Jonny Rosen
July 5
Come celebrate summer with the wonderful musical talents of Annie and Jonny Rosen. These talented musicians from Schenectady are making their journey up North to help us celebrate summer in the Adirondacks. You’ll enjoy listening to their beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more. A great night of musical entertainment for everyone!

Secretive Forest Carnivores:  Adirondack Martens and Fishers
July 12
Join Tim Watson, DEC Wildlife Technician, as he explores the natural history, biology, and ecology of martens and fishers in the Adirondack Park.  He will present current and past research through the NYS DEC, as well as a citizen science approach to marten and fisher research.

Lyme Disease: What you need to know
July 19
Join Holly Ahern, Professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury as she gives a presentation about Lyme Disease, a tick borne-disease affecting more and more people here in the Adirondacks.

Climate Change: Causes, Problems, Impacts and Solutions
July 26
Whether it is severe storms such as Hurricane Sandy, extreme flooding, elevated global temperatures, expanding droughts, or melting ice and rising sea levels, climate change is having an increasingly adverse impact on our planet. SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus Dean, Dr. Steve Danna, serves as a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project and will present information about Climate Change's causes, problems, impacts, and solutions. This session is for those individuals concerned about our changing climate and interested in strategies to minimize climate change impacts for our generation and generations to come.

Fire in the Wild: Alaska and Western Fires
August 2
Mike Newell’s slide show mixes vintage photos from Alaskan wildfire in the 1970s with those from Western wildfire since 2000. His presentation highlights the beauty and joy, the increasing complexity and the tragedy inherent to wildland firefighting. Newell speaks from personal experience, having been a firefighter in the Alaskan Bush for several seasons and having served with fire hand crews in the Lower 48.

Music: The Woedoggies
August 9 
The Woedoggies play classic, simple, honest, acoustic Americana.  Based in northern Vermont, the Woedoggies are a 3-piece string band made up of Vermont music veterans Peter Riley on bass and vocals (Breakaway and The X-Rays), Rudy Dauth on lead guitar and vocals (Pulse Prophets) and Wylie Shipman on rhythm guitar and vocals. With a growing catalog of originals and an extensive repertoire of classic country and folk covers, the Woedoggies mix tight 3-part harmonies with expert musicianship and strong songwriting to push the limits of the acoustic Americana sound.

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