About the Adirondack Park Institute

The Adirondack Park Institute, Inc., (API) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1989 for the purpose of funding environmental education and interpretive programs in the Adirondacks.  The API receives its funding through annual memberships, individual donations, and grants. 

As the friends group for the Paul Smith's College VIC and SUNY ESF's Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, we support participatory and enriching educational programs and experiences throughout the Adirondacks.  These programs teach the young and inspire all generations to care about the natural and cultural environments of the Adirondacks. 

For nearly 30-Years, the API has raised and spent well over one-million dollars for educational programs for children, families, and visitors in the Adirondacks. Most of these programs are free and open to the public.  In 2017, some of the programs we have funded include the "Summer Naturalist Program" and the "Artist-in-Residence Program" at the AIC, as well as, support for programming at the Breck Chapin Native Species Butterfly House at the VIC.  We believe we have made a difference in the lives we have touched as generation after generation return to experience the wonders of the natural world.

The following examples are some of the programs the API has funded with the generous support of our members and partner organizations.  To learn more about upcoming API 2018 summer programs and events, please see our SUMMER FLYER.

2017 Informal Science Education Interpretive Intern

The API is pleased to welcome the 2017 Summer Intern Andrew Coulter.  Andrew is a 2017 graduate of Paul Smith’s College.  In addition to gaining valuable experience in environmental education and interpretation, he will help manage the Interpretive Center and lead the weekly outreach program with the Newcomb Youth Program’s summer day camp.  Andrew is pictured below.  (Photo by Frank Pine)

To learn about more API funded programs please  read our 2017 Winter Update.


The 2016 Summer Naturalist at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb was Samantha McVey. Samantha is an Environmental Science major at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.  Samantha developed and led environmental education programs for area children during the summer gaining valuable professional experience and providing the participants with hands-on and fun-filled learning experiences in the Adirondaks. (Photo SUNY ESF)

The 2016 Artist-in-Residence was wildlife sculptor George Bumann  of Gardner, Wyoming.  During the summer, George presented several programs, workshops, and lectures for area residents and visitors.  A commemorative piece sculpted by George during the program is on display at the Interpretive Center.  George is pictured in his studio below.

In 2015, ESF Naturalist Frank Morehouse led a workshop on Adirondack vegetation at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.  (Photo SUNY ESF)



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