This past year, ADK was forced to make difficult decisions in response to the pandemic, including closing facilities like Johns Brook Lodge, reducing the number of seasonal positions in our Summit Stewardship Program, and canceling our volunteer trail programs. But our commitment never waned. With your support, we were able to make the necessary adjustments so that summits still had stewards, trails were maintained, and more hikers entered the backcountry prepared for their adventure. We even used this time to convert our outdoor education programs into virtual learning opportunities.

Suffice it to say, your support has allowed us to not only weather the storm but continue to grow as a leader in responsible outdoor recreation and protecting New York State’s wild lands and waters.

Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, you are still needed.

From our beginnings in 1922 as a small organization devoted to trail building, ADK has evolved into an influential and multi-faceted outdoor organization comprised of dedicated volunteers, professional staff, and tens of thousands of members, who are collectively committed to environmental advocacy, stewardship, and trail work. Together, we promote responsible outdoor recreation education while building an ever-growing community of land stewardship advocates.

With your continued support, we can achieve even greater protection of our beloved Forest Preserve, fewer rescues in the backcountry, stronger adherence to Leave No Trace ethics, and more sustainable trails for hikers to enjoy for generations.

To achieve these goals, ADK asks for your continued support as we work together towards a better future for New York’s wild lands and waters.

Sincerely,
Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett
Executive Director

P.S. Your tax-deductible contribution to ADK will immediately be put to work teaching people how to enjoy the outdoors respectfully, safely, and responsibly. Thank you for making a difference with your year-end gift today.