Summer Naturalist Series

Summer Naturalist Series

ADK offers free programming hosted by our Naturalist Interns each summer. Explore the natural world of the Adirondacks through hands-on activities by attending one or all of the following Naturalist-led interpretive programs, run late June through August. All programs are free and open to the public.

Heart Lake Nature Museum

The Heart Lake Nature Museum makes a great introduction to the natural world of the Adirondack High Peaks, for kids and adults alike. An ADK naturalist is always on hand to answer questions and foster your curiosity. Check out the interactive exhibits, check out the touch table or simply browse through field guides. Between late June and August, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mt. Jo Guided Hike

Take a hike up Mt. Jo with an ADK Naturalist and discover some of the secrets of the history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is one-mile to the top (one way), with a 700-foot elevation gain. Mt. Jo hikes start at 9 am outside the Adirondak Loj daily.

Mt. Jo Summit Host

Every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an ADK naturalist will be atop Mt Jo to answer questions and enhance your experience from one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks.

Naturalist Guided Walks

Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the natural history of the Adirondacks both on land and water. Interpretive walks and paddling programs run at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. all summer long through August.

Wednesday Evening Campfire

Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire, and a narrow escape: Heart Lake is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition started by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1878 by joining us around the campfire. Shows run from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater.                                                        

Friday Night Hike

Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. Don’t fear the dark; join an ADK Naturalist for a night adventure. Night walks held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.

Saturday Naturalist Talks

ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater (High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) if raining).  Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Lectures start at 8:00 p.m.

Johns Brook Lodge Series

ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the Johns Brook Lodge. Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. The Summer Naturalist Series at Johns Brook Lodge is made possible, in part, by the Endowment Fund for the Promotion of the Culture and History of the Adirondacks.

Discover: Custom Outreach Program

Interested in having ADK create a program or presentation for your group? From lectures to Leave No Trace™ programs, we’ve got you covered.

Tom Manitta, Outreach Coordinator
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-3441 ext. 113