Experiential & Learning Activities

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Many don't know there is a long tradition of education in the Adirondacks. Early on, individuals learned all there was about the outdoors from Adirondack guides, who made their living exploring the vast Adirondack wilderness.

Adirondack Learning Programs & Activities

Today, you'll find different sorts of guides in the Saranac Lake area who offer components for you to create your own learning vacation. Take an art workshop, a class on canning locally-grown produce, or learn your way around the Adirondack Mountains and rivers with a guide. Learn how to weave a pack basket and engage with activities for the whole family! Experiential vacations yield both memories and a skill — there are opportunities for a learning trip for everyone who visits Saranac Lake.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join the VIC in celebrating the works of Montreal artist Eberhard Froehlich . Eberhard Froelich was last year winner for the best piece of art produced at the VIC, he also won a prize in 2015...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

A Walk in the Woods features 52 pieces from 37 local artists. This show includes pieces of a variety of mediums, and depicts artists' experiences exploring Adirondack forests. A Walk in the...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join VIC Naturalists for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to our dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a perfect...

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Join a VIC Naturalist for a guided walk along our flat to moderate trails. Topics vary and include wildflowers, tree identification, general ecology, and more!

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Friday, July 21st, 2017
My mother used to order me ad nauseam to go outside and play.  “It's good for you,” she’d say.  Turns out, she was right, in more ways than she knew. While her hope was for me to ...
Monday, July 17th, 2017
Sean Morgan has rugby in his blood, and this time of year always gets his blood pumping. That’s because the annual Cam-Am Rugby Tournament is drawing near, and 120 teams will descend upon Saranac...
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Grab the shades — summer is here! July is filled with warm days, refreshing dips in the lake, plenty of ice cream, and tons of events. From small-town, community bike rides to one of the largest...
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Another year of the GABC Every year, the transition from spring into summer in the Adirondacks is marked by the Great Adirondack Birding Festival (GABC), hosted by the Paul Smith’s College VIC. I...
Fly to Saranac Lake via Cape Air The Adirondack Regional Airport, your "Gateway to the Adirondacks," provides quick and convenient access to and from Logan International in Boston, MA. Daily flights are provided...
Join In Our Cool Adirondack Traditions Our scenic location, rugged beauty, and abundant wilderness led the small village of Saranac Lake into the cool ways of life we still observe today.