Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

Adirondack Landscape Photography Workshop
FEBRUARY 4

Join landscape photographer Brendan Wiltse 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.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount)
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Backcountry Cooking 101
APRIL 1

Does your backcountry cooking lean more towards ramen noodles or homemade cinnamon buns? Either way, ADK can teach you a few new skills in the backcountry cooking. Learn about good backcountry nutrition, meal planning, and the use of different types of stoves. You will also get a chance to make and eat multiple types of back country meals.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and lunch.
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Backcountry Snowshoeing for Beginners
FEBRUARY 18

Snowshoes provide the opportunity to explore the beauty and peace of the world in winter. We’ll spend a full day snowshoeing in the iconic High Peaks Wilderness. Our focus will be on learning about safe winter travel and some basic techniques that will make snowshoeing easier and more fun for you. We’ll also share bits of natural history such on topics such as animal tracking and winter ecology. This program is suited for adults and children 12 and older.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Cost: $50 adults (members receive 10% discount); $20 kids 12-15 y/o. Includes instruction and snowshoes.
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Map & Compass Fundamentals
MARCH 18

Ever wondered how to find your way in the woods? Do you feel comfortable navigating on your own? If not, this is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills.  We offer 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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Outdoor Leadership 101
MARCH 19

Ever wondered what makes some people such great outdoor leaders? Wanted to lead your own trip but feel a little intimidated by being called “leader”? This experiential course includes an introduction to leadership styles, managing group dynamics, decision making, trip planning and execution, and teaching methods. Whether new or experienced, this course can help you polish your leadership skills. 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
APRIL 1-2, 2017

These intense courses with Wilderness Medical Associates teach 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 (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction and materials.  Package: $350 for non-members (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights.
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Winter Survival 101
JANUARY 21-22

Learn essential winter survival skills including: backcountry preparedness, snowshoeing basics, shelter-building, avalanche awareness, fire-building, and water procurement. We’ll also cover cold weather injuries and illnesses, Leave No Trace backcountry skills & ethics for winter and more. Overnight accommodations will be provided in a heated yurt at the Heart Lake Program Center. Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid) Cost: $125(members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals and lodging for 1 night.
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ADK sponsors ADK Winter Mountaineering School

Come experience an Alpine winter adventure! Whether you’ve just started on the trail to become a winter mountaineer or have some experience, Winter Mountaineering School may be just what you need to learn new techniques, refine existing skills, and experience new winter activities. Please see the Winter School website for more information. ADK Winter Mountaineering School is a separate non-profit group that has been sponsored by ADK for more than 60 years.
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