Contact:  Seth Jones, Education Programs Manager, (518) 523-3480 Ext. 20, programs@adk.org.
Brendan Wiltse, Science and Stewardship Director, (518) 637-6859, brendan@ausableriver.org.

ADK and AsRA Offering Teen Aquatic Stewardship Program

Discovering the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship Program

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Ausable River Association (AsRA) are excited to announce a free aquatic stewardship program for teens this summer.  Discovering the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship Program is a five-day, four-night adventure in camping and aquatic stewardship for teens age 13-16. Teens will explore the Ausable River watershed, while learning about aquatic ecology and participating in water quality sampling.  This is an opportunity for teens to have fun with their peers while developing their paddling skills and learning the intricacies of physical, chemical and biological sampling techniques. Participants will camp in a lean-to at Heart Lake’s Wilderness Campground while taking day trips to places along the Ausable River. Interested teens have to apply to this program by submitting a short essay outlining why they are interested in the aquatic sciences and environmental conservation and how the program will benefit them and their community.

This program provides a unique opportunity for young adults to learn basic conservation concepts in the field from experienced conservationists with exceptional credentials. Participants will gain knowledge and experience in watershed stewardship and information on career opportunities within the field. This program will be held July 16-20 at the Heart Lake Program Center, located outside of Lake Placid, NY. This program is free and open to the public.

ADK and Ausable River Association (AsRA) have teamed up to offer this unique  program for teens. ADK and AsRA’s combined expertise in teen programing, outdoor recreation, water quality monitoring, and stewardship will be used to create a highly engaging and thought provoking program for teens. Both organizations strongly believe it is critically important to foster environmental awareness and stewardship in youth in order to build a more sustainable future.

For more information about ADK and AsRA visit our websites at www.adk.org (ADK) and www.ausableriver.org (AsRA).