“We are almost there!” The exhilaration is palpable near the rocky crest of Mt. Jo. While the backdrop of dramatic foliage signals another seasonal change in the valleys below, a familiar scene is unfolding at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Heart Lake Program Center: an intrepid line of 4th graders has just made a tangible connection with the natural world that they will inherit.
Since 2003, ADK’s year-long science-based fourth-grade school program, Marie L. Haberl School Outreach Program: Three Seasons at Heart Lake, has taken a unique approach to achieving three significant goals: promoting responsible outdoor recreation, scientific inquiry, and eco-literacy.
The program is ADK’s inquiry-based environmental education curriculum that weaves together responsible outdoor recreation, wellness, and both the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks.
This program is donor-funded and offered to schools free of charge.
“It fits the curriculum nicely. A lot of what is learned in this program appears on the New York State Science Exam for Grade 4.” – 4th Grade Teacher
“Dear Friends at ADK Loj; Thank you for a wonderful day. I enjoyed exploring nature. My Favorite part was figuring out what animal left the track” -4th Grade Student