Summer Naturalist Series
ADK offers free programming hosted by our Naturalist Interns each summer at the Heart Lake Program Center. Join us for hands-on learning and experience the natural world of the Adirondacks by attending one or all of the following Naturalist led interpretive programs. The full season of Naturalist programs begins in late June and run through August.
Heart Lake Nature Museum
The Heart Lake Nature Museum, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 quench your curiosity. Check out the interactive exhibits, use our microscopes, listen to bird and frog audio recordings, browse through field guides, or check out the Adirondack rock and mineral collection. Outside the museum enjoy our touch table, tree trail, and butterfly and fern gardens. Daily arts and crafts programs are offered as well.
Mt. Jo Guided Hike
Take a hike up Mt. Jo with an ADK Naturalist and discover some of the secrets and subtleties of the geography, history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is 2 miles round trip, with a 700 ft elevation gain. Daily Mt. Jo hikes start at 9 a.m. outside the Adirondak Loj.
Daily Guided Walks
Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the trees, amphibians, water, mammals, and even the ferns and mosses of the Heart Lake trails. Daily interpretive walks run at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. all summer long. Check our posted schedule or stop by the Loj and see what kinds of walks will be running during your stay at Heart Lake.
Mt. Jo Summit Host
An ADK Summit Host will be on top of Mt. Jo daily to educate hikers about the landscape and Leave No Trace practices and to provide information on the High Peaks wilderness viewed from the summit. Bring your questions to the top and enjoy learning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Wednesday Evening Campfire
Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire and narrow escape: The Heart Lake Property is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition sparked by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1877 by joining us around the campfire. Look forward to games, stories and s’mores, not to mention a beautiful summer Adirondack night. Meet at the Amphitheater near the Adirondack Loj. Shows run from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Friday Evening Walk
Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. There is no need to fear the dark, instead join an ADK Naturalist for an evening of learning and exploring the night. This Naturalist-led walk will focus on sensory perception in the dark and serve as an introduction to the night life at the Loj. Owls, singing birds, activities and exploration will be part of the experience as your guide introduces you to some of the amazing animal and human adaptations to darkness. Appropriate for all ages. Night walks held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday.