Conservation. ADK is the only organization that protects the very environment it assists hundreds of thousands of people each year to play in. Outdoor enthusiasts rely on ADK guide books for accurate information to get them to their destination and back safely. ADK trail crews maintain many of these trails.
Advocacy.ADK is the only Adirondack organization that is leading the fight against hydrofracking on public lands, beginning with Allegany State Park. ADK secured the greatest protections available under the Park management law, successfully preventing gas and oil exploration beneath 80 percent of this wilderness park. ADK won passage of three legislative bills meant to prevent the oil and gas companies from drilling on public park lands such as Allegany State Park.
Recreation. ADK is the only organization whose mission includes getting people of all ages to engage in outdoor human-powered recreation. ADK’s lodges and properties host approximately 35,000 guests each year. Heart Lake Program Center staff, interns, and volunteers provide guided hikes and special interpretive programs, and JBL provides a complete backcountry Adirondack lodging experience with great trail access. Chapter members and those of you who experience Adventure Outings know this. Add the health benefits for good measure!
Fun is our middle name. Playing is good for us.
Education.ADK’s fights "nature deficit disorder” in young people, a growing phenomenon since the turn of the century."Three Seasons at Heart Lake,” ADK’s elementary school outreach program, teaches children to enjoy the natural world and creates opportunities for them to develop an appreciation for the special place in which they live. ADK teaches young people to CARE. ADK also runs an education affiliate program linking ADK Chapters with colleges and universities, engaging students in outdoor recreation and environmental activism.
Stewardship. ADK Summit Stewards reach about 20,000 hikers each year. Stewards climb the most heavily traveled highest peaks to talk to hikers about all things alpine--from the importance of staying on the trail to protect the fragile alpine plant growth to preparedness, safety, and Leave No Trace ethics. Most importantly, based upon sound research, this type of outreach--one on one--has been found to be the most effective approach to wilderness resource protection.
All these programs, working together, integral to one another, keep the "wild” in wilderness.
Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. To view our latest annual report: ADK 2011 Annual Report