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The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) offers educational programs at its three properties and at off-site locations. ADK owns two facilities in the Lake Placid area: the Heart Lake property at the Adirondak Loj (8 miles south of Lake Placid) and Johns Brook Lodge (accessible by foot only from the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley, a 3.5-mile hike). ADK’s headquarters is in Lake George.

To register for all programs, call the Adirondak Loj at (518) 523-3441 or call the ADK Education Department with specific questions about the summer programs at (518) 523-3480.

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The Adirondack Mountain Club Education Department also offers year-round outreach programs for school groups, outing clubs, college groups, troops, families and individuals, all taught by New York state licensed guides and catered to the needs of each group.

Summer 2009 programs

There will be plenty to explore, experience, and learn at the Heart Lake Program Center this summer for all ages. Heart Lake summer programs begin Saturday, June 27 unless otherwise noted. All programs are free.

¯Daily Programs: The Heart Lake Nature Museum makes a great introduction to the natural history 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 exhibits, browse through field guides, or check out the Adirondack rock and mineral collection. Lots of neat things for kids to do as well, including seeing nature up close through a microscope. Daily activities will be offered every afternoon in the museum as well for kids. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

¯Daily Guided Walks: An ADK naturalist will lead different interpretive walks along the Heart Lake Program Center’s trails and woods twice a day all summer long. Check our weekly posted schedule of walks or call the Loj to see what kinds of guided walks will be running during your stay at Heart Lake. Held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

¯Evening Campfires: 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. Look forward to music, s’mores and ghost stories, not to mention a beautiful summer Adirondack night. Meet at the amphitheatre near the Adirondak Loj. Held at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

¯Saturday Evening Lectures: The lecture series starts May 16 and runs through Oct. 10. Programs will include natural history presentations, photography, and live music. Check the ADK Web site or call the Loj for information on specific dates. Starts at 8 p.m.

¯Explore the Night Sky: Join an ADK naturalist after the Wednesday night campfire on the shore of Heart Lake for a guided tour of the stars, constellations, and other celestial wonders. Then you’ll have chance to look through a telescope and see the rings of Saturn, the colors of Jupiter, and perhaps even the spiral beauty of the Andromeda Galaxy. This program will run every other Wednesday beginning July 1, weather permitting. Thursday night will be the rain date if the skies are cloudy. Held from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. on these dates: July 1, 15, 29; Aug. 5, 19; and Sept. 2.

¯Discover Mount Jo Guided Hike: Take a hike up Mount Jo with an ADK guide and discover some of the secrets and subtleties of the geography, history, ecology, and geology of Mount Jo. The hike is 1 mile with an 800-foot elevation gain. Starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday through Monday.

¯Mount Jo Summit Host: An ADK summit host will be on hand to answer questions and show you the lay of the land, Wednesdays through Mondays on the summit of Mount Jo. Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

¯Friday Night Walks: The Adirondack Loj will host Friday Night Walks from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The walks are focused on sensory awareness, losing our fear of the dark, and the wildlife that comes out at night. This program is designed for and open to all ages.

¯Guided Trips: ADK will lead a number of guided day hikes, backpacking trips, and paddles to the following destinations: Esther Mountain, Table Top Mountain, the Dix Range, Street and Nye mountains, the Seward Range, Raquette Falls, Floodwood Pond Loop, Mount Marshall, Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness Area, Cliff and Redfield Mountains, Allen Mountain, Phelps Mountain, the Santanoni Range, the Raquette River, Lake Lila, St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area, and Bog River/Low’s Lake.

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