For More Information:
Julia Goren
(518) 523-3480 Ext. 19


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – 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 will continue to run through August. All programs are free and open to the public.

Lake Placid Community Hike
ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks every Thursday at 10am starting June 29th at Henry’s Woods just outside of the village of Lake Placid.  Meet at the trailhead on Bear Cub Lane and be prepared for a 2 mile walk over varying terrain.

Heart Lake Program Center at Adirondack Loj
The following programs will begin on June 26, 2017.

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 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. all summer long through August.

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.

Yoga builds strength and flexibility of body and mind. Join certified yoga instructor Emily Sorensen for a one hour class! Emily has been a yoga enthusiast for over 20 years and has been teaching for 16 years. All experience levels welcome, children 8 and up welcome with adult. Friday’s 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sunday’s 6:15 a.m.-7:15 a.m.*Register at the front desk of the Adirondak Loj $15 per person.   

Saturday Entertainment Series
ADK offers a one-hour presentation every Saturday night at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater (High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) if raining).  Topics range from natural and cultural history to adventure travel and live music. Lectures start at 8:00 pm.

Sunday Kids Program
Every Sunday at 10 a.m. join an ADK naturalist for one hour of exploration and activities specifically for kids. Meet at the Nature Museum and be prepared for an hour of fun.

All of our Summer Naturalist series are free and open to the public. For more information on daily programming, ADK membership or lodging, please visit the Adirondak Loj, call (518) 523-3441 or visit our website at


ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for New York State’s wild lands and waters while also teaching people how to enjoy natural places responsibly. Since 1922, the organization has offered people opportunities to stay and play in as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors. Today, ADK has 30,000 members in 27 chapters statewide and is served by a professional, year-round staff. The organization is recognized as a vital voice in the commitment to environmental stewardship and ethical outdoor recreation in New York State. For more information on membership or making a difference, head to or follow ADK on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.