As ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ADK has developed the following risk management protocols for in-person programs which include our day hike and trailless backpacking series. The risk of contracting COVID-19 during an ADK program cannot be eliminated, but we have identified mitigation strategies to reduce that risk in a pre-vaccine environment. With those strategies in place, we believe the risk can be managed appropriately.

Backcountry Water Monitoring Training Webinar
July 10

Join ADK, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), and the New York Natural Heritage Program in this webinar to learn how you can help detect aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks. The training will cover invasive species identification and the implementation of Backcountry Water Monitoring Protocols.

Cost: FREE.
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Backcountry Water Monitoring Day Trips

Interested in safeguarding remote Adirondack waterbodies against invasive aquatic species?  The Backcountry Water Monitors Project encourages volunteers to find and report aquatic invaders before they become established.  Early detection through citizen science can help mitigate the potential spread of species like Eurasian watermilfoil, water chestnut, zebra mussels, and spiny water flea (to name a few).  Certain destinations will require a personal canoe or kayak to reach our surveying sites.  Reach out to our Backcountry Water Monitoring Trip Leader (maggie@adk.org) with questions pertaining to any of the trip itineraries below.

Cost: FREE, includes use of group gear.

McKenzie Pond, 6+ miles round-trip
July 11
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Cooper Kiln Pond, 6 miles round-trip
July 17
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Pink Pond, 3+ miles round-trip
July 24
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Jackrabbit Trail Ponds, 6+ miles round-trip
August 1
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Grass, Meadow, and Kidney Bean Ponds, 5+ miles round-trip
August 15
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Cranberry, Rhododendron, and Lillypad Ponds, 5+ miles round-trip
August 21
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Backcountry Water Monitoring Overnight Trips

Interested in safeguarding remote Adirondack waterbodies against invasive aquatic species with an ADK guide?  Early detection through citizen science can help mitigate the potential spread of species like Eurasian watermilfoil, water chestnut, and zebra mussels (to name a few). These camping opportunities will utilize ADK’s pack rafts to survey faraway ponds.  Reach out to our Backcountry Water Monitoring Trip Leader (maggie@adk.org) with questions.

Cost: FREE, includes meals and use of group gear.

Scott Ponds, 14 miles round-trip
August 7-9
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