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Winter at Heart Lake
Adirondack Landscape Photography Workshop
August 29
October 3

Join landscape photographer Brendan Wiltse on this one-day workshop to improve your photography skills. Brendan will teach you the basics of exposure and composition, along with numerous tips and tricks. The program is geared towards beginner and novice photographers. A compact camera or DSLR with the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed is recommended. The majority of the program will be spent shooting around the Heart Lake property and will end with a brief tutorial on post-processing techniques.

Participants should be prepared to do moderate amounts of hiking, including distances up to 4 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain. Possible shooting locations include Heart Lake, Mount Jo, Rocky Falls, and Marcy Dam.
Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount)
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American Canoe Association Quickstart Your Canoe / Kayak                                               
August 8
The Quickstart Your Canoe / Kayak course is brief introduction to paddling a tandem canoe or solo kayak and provide students with sufficient skill and knowledge so they can enjoy the sport of canoeing or kayaking on flat water.  A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water.  Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely, potential hazards and simple rescues. The focus of this course will be on learning and practicing basic strokes and maneuvers.
Cost: $40 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of equipment.
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American Canoe Association Flatwater Canoe / Kayak Safety & Rescue                                                    
August 9

The Flatwater Canoe / Kayak Safety and Rescue workshop introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques for canoe and kayak that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency.  The focus of this course will be on learning and practicing safety and rescue techniques extensively.
Cost: $40 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of equipment.
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American Canoe Association Combined Canoe and Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop
June 22-26
This unique program is designed to provide competent paddlers the opportunity to earn multiple certifications - Level 2 Essentials of Flat water Canoe (solo, tandem) and Flat water Kayak.  There’s plenty of on-water practice and dry-land training on safety techniques, stroke and maneuver refinement, and development of teaching skills. This workshop is led by ACA certified Instructor Trainers and is ideal for those in the paddlesport industry, trip leaders and other canoe or kayak enthusiasts.
Cost: $499 (Members receive 10% discount)   ACA membership ($40/year) and affiliation with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council ($25/year) required. 
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Adirondack Pack Baskets                                  
August 2 (Lake Placid)
December 6 (Lake George)
December 13 (Lake Placid)

Create your own traditional Adirondack Pack Basket with the owners of Clear Creek Weavers, Bud Ziolkowski and Sandy Muller.  During this full-day course, skilled craftsmen will take you through the step-by-step instruction to weave your own pack basket from start to "skids”.  You’ll leave at the end of the day with a beautiful basket and a smile on your face!
Cost: $75 small/$85 large (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
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Lake Placid
Lake George

Map & Compass Bushwhack
August 15-16
This is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills.  The first day will be an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, compass use, triangulation, and identification of terrain features.  On day two, participants will put their new found skills to the test with a guided bushwhack in the Heart Lake area.  You’ll go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!
Cost: $110(Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials
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Map & Compass Fundamentals
May 30
October 24
This is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills. This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, identification of terrain features, compass use, and triangulation. You’ll go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials
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Wilderness First Aid
December 5-6
This in-depth course with Wilderness Medical Associates teaches students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The classes offer hands-on scenarios and lecture structure, through which students will learn to assess patients and become certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and anaphylaxis training. Class time will be spent both inside and out.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $250, includes instruction and materials.
Package: $350, includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights.
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December 5-6




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