Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

Adirondack Landscape Photography Workshop
OCTOBER 7

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. Cost: $75 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction.
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Adirondack Pack Baskets
OCTOBER 22

Create your own traditional Adirondack Pack Basket with the owners of Clear Creek Weavers, Bud Ziolkowski and Sandy Muller.  During this full-day course, skilled craftsmen will take you through the step-by-step instruction to weave your own pack basket from start to “skids”.  You’ll leave at the end of the day with a beautiful basket and a smile on your face! Cost: $80 (members receive a 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
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Map & Compass Bushwack
SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1

This is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills.  The first day will be an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, compass use, triangulation, and identification of terrain features.  On day two, participants will put their new found skills to the test with a guided bushwhack in the Heart Lake area.  You’ll go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!
Cost: $110; includes instruction and use of materials
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Outdoor Leadership 101
OCTOBER 28

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.
Cost: $75 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.
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5-day Wilderness First Responder
DECEMBER 2-6

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation combined with 45 hours of on-site training. Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date and must be at least 25 years of age. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center
Cost: $625 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials
Package: $825 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 5 nights.
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Wilderness First Aid
DECEMBER 9-10
DECEMBER 16-17

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: $275 (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction and materials.
Package: $375 for non-members (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights.
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