ADK presents free Summer Naturalist Series

LAKE PLACID – The Adirondack Mountain Club offers free programming hosted by its naturalist interns each summer.

Experience the natural world of the Adirondacks through hands-on learning by attending one or all of the following Naturalist led interpretive programs, which will continue to run through August.

Lake Placid Community Hike

This year, thanks to the KEEN Effect Grant, ADK is teaming up with the Uihlein Foundation to offer free naturalist walks every Thursday through September at Henry’s Woods just outside of the village of Lake Placid. Walks start Thursdays at 10 a.m. and are free and open to the public.

Meet at the trailhead on Bear Cub Lane and be prepared for a 2-mile walk over varying terrain.

Heart Lake Program Center at Adirondak Loj

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 quench your curiosity. Check out the interactive exhibits, use our microscopes, listen to bird and frog audio recordings or 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 and subtleties of the geography, history, ecology, and geology of Mt. Jo. The hike is one-mile to the top, with a 700-foot elevation gain. Daily Mt. Jo hikes start at 9 am outside the Adirondak Loj.

Mount Jo Summit Host

An ADK Summit Host will be on top of Mount Jo daily to educate hikers about the landscape and Leave No Trace practices and to provide information on the High Peaks wilderness viewed from the summit. Bring your questions to the top and enjoy learning from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Daily Guided Walks

Join an ADK Naturalist and learn about the insects, amphibians, trees, birds, and even the geologic history of the Heart Lake trails both on land and water. Daily interpretive walks run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. all summer long.

Wednesday Evening Campfire

Unrequited love, a devastating forest fire and narrow escape: The Heart Lake Property is steeped in the romance and tragedy of days gone by. Relive a tradition sparked by Henry Van Hoevenberg in 1877 by joining us around the campfire.

Shows run from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Adirondak Loj amphitheater.

Friday Evening Walk

Dusk and nighttime are a wonderful time to explore the natural world. There is no need to fear the dark, instead join an ADK Naturalist for an evening of learning and exploring the night. Night walks held from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Meet outside the Adirondak Loj.

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

The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the New York State Forest Preserve and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education, responsible recreation and stewardship.