Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) partnered with the Ausable River Association to offer it’s first ever Teen Aquatic Stewardship Program this year. Participants, ages 14 to 17, learned about watersheds, developed basic paddling skills, were introduced to basic limnological sampling, compared the water quality of Heart Lake and Mirror Lake, sampled benthic macroinvertebrates in the Ausable River, learned about regional wildlife at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, paddled Lake Champlain, and visited the Ausable Chasm.  Students also spent the week camping in one of our lean-tos at ADK’s Wilderness Campground.  A big thank you goes our to The Mountaineer and to Stewart’s Shops for sponsoring this free program.

Aquatic Stewardship Program on top of Mt. Jo
Learning about watersheds on top of Mt. Jo.
Aquatic Stewardship Program practicing paddling strokes
Practicing paddling strokes.

Aquatic Stewardship Program identifying AIS
Identifying aquatic invasive plants with a Watershed Steward.
Aquatic Stewardship Program surface water sample
Taking a surface water sample on Mirror Lake.


Benthic macroinvertebrate sampling on the Ausable River
Benthic macroinvertebrate sampling on the Ausable River.
Identifying benthic macroinvertebrates
Identifying benthic macroinvertebrates.
Wilmington Wildlife Refuge
Wilmington Wildlife Refuge.
Ausable Chasm
Checking out the Ausable Chasm.


Seth Jones

Seth Jones is the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Programs Coordinator. He has worked for ADK since 2008 and is a former High Peaks Summit Steward and Johns Brook Lodge Hutmaster. Seth has a B.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities that includes paddling, fly fishing, hiking, skiing and photography.