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, which are all free and open to the public. The following programs will begin on June 28 and run until August 12th, 2021. Programs will resume in late June 2022.

The 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. 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 a.m. 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 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. all summer long through mid-August. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.

Wednesday Evening Campfire

Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire, and 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 wonderful times 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 (In the Adirondack Loj if raining).  Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Talks start at 8:00 p.m.


For more information on daily programming, ADK membership, or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj or call 518-523-3441.

Tom Manitta
ADK, Interpretive Manager
naturalist@adk.or
(518) 523-3480 ext.113
(he/him/his)