Exploring a Working Wilderness
The Adirondack Park is our classroom. With more than 6,000,000 acres, it is bigger than the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks combined. It includes towns like Lake Placid, nearly endless tracts of timber for wood harvesting, forest preserves and wilderness.
Created to protect New York City’s water supply, the Park has grown into a living laboratory where people and their policies meet the realities of an ecosystem that can be powerful, vulnerable or both at the same time.
Adirondack Semester students explore the many types of environments within the Park and they conduct research on proposed developments that could bring jobs, with a cost. Each semester, these students try to find the balance between people, policy and nature.
The program is well-respected and gives each student 15 science credits recognized by almost all universities across the U.S. and Canada.