2018-19 NYS Budget Proposal Contains Environmental Protection Fund (EPF)
Support for the Adirondack Visitor’s Interpretive Centers!

The Governor proposed in his executive budget to provide $180,000 in funding for Paul Smith’s College and $120,000 in funding for the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry to fund the Adirondack Visitor’s Interpretive Centers (VICs). The VICs offer accessible walking trails and interpretive signs and educational programming, exposing visitors to the wonders of the Park’s waters, wetlands, forests and wildlife. These two locations took over the operation of these facilities from the state following the most recent economic downturn. Both the Senate and Assembly have also included this funding in their one house budgets, though in different portions of the EPF. (As reported in the March 15thAdirondack Almanack.)

Ask your local state repesentatives to support this important funding request!


The API Board of Directors approved the 2018 Annual Budget at the Winter Board Meeting held at SUNY ESF's Huntington Lodge in Newcomb, NY on February 1st, 2018.  It contains funding for summer programs at the Interpretive Centers at Newcomb and Paul Smiths.  To learn more about these programs and learn about some events we are planning, CLICK HERE.  

2017 Leadership Awards Gala was held on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake. It was the 6th year of this annual fundraising event that raises money to support environmental education programs at SUNY ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Paul Smith’s College VIC, and programs throughout the Adirondacks.  Fifty people enjoyed a festive evening which was capped by a visit by President Teddy Roosevelt.  Cathy Dove, President of Paul Smith’s College, and Quentin Wheeler, President of SUNY ESF, were Gala Co-Chairs.  The Adirondack Experience received the 2017 Frank M. Hutchins Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Award for exceptional leadership in presenting educational programs and experiences that capture and teach the rich history and heritage of the Adirondacks.  David Kahn, Executive Director, accepted the Award on behalf of Adirondack Experience.  Marilyn Lilly of Newcomb and spouse of API President Col. Bob Lilly, was the winner of a beautiful Hornbeck boat, generously donated by Pete Hornbeck.

See PICTURES from the Gala.


Arto Monaco Banner on Exhibit at the Paul Smith's College VIC

The API’s Arto Monaco banner is on display at the Paul Smith's College VIC through October.  It celebrates the remarkable life of this Adirondack artist, theme park designer, toy designer, and cartoonist.   Pictured below with the banner is Shannon Oborne, the Chief Marketing Officer for Paul Smith’s College.  The public is welcome to stop by the VIC to see this and other fabulous exhibits and programs going on there. (Photo by API)

August 14, 2017

2017 Artist-in-Residence

The API is pleased to welcome Artist Emma Percy to SUNY ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center as the 2017 Artist-in-Residence.  The Artist is a graduate of the School of Art & Design at Alfred University and works primarily in the fields of book arts, printmaking, paper making and mixed media sculpture. During the summer, Emma will be giving talks, leading workshops, and teaching classes about the Artist’s perspectives on the natural environment of the Adirondacks through artistic interpretation.  A reception welcoming Emma was held at the
Center on June 15th.  Pictured below is Emma Percy the 2017 Artist-in-Residence and Emma presenting the Artist’s work, “Sharing a Bed, 2015”, at the welcoming reception.  Photos provided by Frank Pine.

This program is made possible in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

June 15, 2017

Save the Dates!

Thursday, July 27 is API Day at SUNY ESF's Adirondack Interpretive Center.  The staff of the Interpretive Center have planned programs, presentations, and hands-on fun for our membership.  Please join us!

Friday, September 15, 2017, The 5th Annual Leadership and Awards Gala
The Historic Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake

Presenting the 2017 Frank M. Hutchins Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Award to: 

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Gala Co-Chairs
Cathy Dove, President, Paul Smith’s College
Quentin Wheeler, President, SUNY-ESF

 The 2016 Leadership Awards Gala

The 2016 Leadership Awards Gala was held on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake, NY.  The Honorary Co-Chairs were Wes Miga, Supervisor, Town of Newcomb, and Dan Stec, NYS Assemblyman representing the 114th District.  

The 2016 Frank M. Hutchins Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Award was presented to Joseph J. Martens, currently a Senior Fellow at the Open Space Institute.  The award recognized Joe's distinguished career in public service dedicated to the protection of the natural resources of the Adirondacks and promoting opportunities for public access to them.

Those attending the Gala were treated to special appearances by Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir.  The drawing to win a Hornbeck 12’ New Trick Canoe generously donated by Peter and Ann Hornbeck was won by Jean Claude Fouere from Poughkeepsie, NY.  Below, API President Bob Lilly and President Roosevelt draw the winning ticket for the Hornbeck boat. (Photo by Frank Pine)

See More Gala Photos by Frank Pine

Arto Monaco Banner on Exhibit at the Adirondack Research Library at Union College

An API interpretive banner celebrating the life and accomplishments of Adirondack artist and entrepreneur Arto Monaco was displayed during the spring of 2016 at the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College in Schenectady, NY. The banner was made possible by a generous grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation for the purpose of promoting the Adirondack Interpretive Center by celebrating partnerships with other Adirondack programs. The banner was previosly on display at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown, NY, and the Adirondack Interpretive Center.  More display locations are being planned.  Pictured below at the Adirondack Research Library at Union College are CLIR Grant Project Archivist, Abi Simkovic with her dog Douglass, and Caleb Northrop, Special Assistant to the President of Union.


2015 Leadership Awards Gala

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake NY 

The 2015 Frank M. Hutchins Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Award
was presented to
The Rockefeller Institute of Government and Adirondack Wild
for the 
50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act Celebration in 2014

Press Release

See the Awards Gala Video Presentation 






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