@theVIC Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Monday, Aug. 18


The VIC is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the trails are open dawn 'til dusk. Please consider supporting the upkeep and expansion of the trail system by becoming a Friend of the VIC. 

Friends of the VIC

Help support the Paul Smith's College VIC by joining the Friends of the VIC. Our programs, activities and events depend on it. The college has a made a considerable investment in the future viability of the VIC, and our students are engaged in all facets of the operations. Please show your support. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with a $45 annual contribution. 

Wednesday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 17 – Mushroom Walks

Join mushroom expert Susan Hopkins for a casual walk in the woods from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. as she searches for mushrooms and fungi. We will identify and discuss poisonous and edible species and learn about the medicinal value, too. This walk will take at least two hours and will be held rain or shine. Bring a lunch if you want to stay longer to use Hopkins’ books and reference materials. $20/person, $15 for Friends of the VIC.  Preregistration required by 5 p.m. the day before. Call 518-327-6241. Other dates: Wednesday, Aug. 27; and Sunday, Aug. 31. 

Wednesdays, Aug. 13 – 5K Fun Run

We’ll keep you on your toes every other Wednesday through October for just $5. Registration’s at 6 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30 p.m. On alternate Wednesdays to the VIC trail runs, High Peaks Cyclery offers fun trail runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg.  Visit pscvic.org/run for more information. Other run dates at the VIC:  Sept. 10 & 24; and October 8. 

Thursday, Aug. 14 – Wild Edibles Walk

Identify wild edibles and learn about the historic medicinal uses for many of the plants common to the Adirondacks with “Truly Wild” instructor Pat Banker from Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County. 10 a.m.-noon. Walks will be informal and will happen rain or shine. $10/person for Friends of the VIC, $20 for nonmembers. Bring a lunch and join Banker for “wild everything recipe swapping”  and peruse her collection of wild edible-plant ID books.  Preregistration required by 5 p.m. the day before. 

Yoga on the Deck

Get out of the studio and into nature from 9-10:15 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday. Enhance your practice by experiencing a world of new sensations and become part of a boundless yoga experience. This class is open to all abilities. $15/class or prepay for up to six classes at a rate of $13 each, seven to 13 classes for $12 each or 14 to 20 classes for $10 each. For information and updates, email Jackie Foster at jackieyoga@roadrunner.com, call 518-339-3008 or visit adirondackjackieyoga.com. 

Interpretive Canoe Paddles

Explore a variety of aquatic habitats at the VIC from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Saturdays until Labor Day. Participants view Heron Marsh and Barnum Brook and paddle through a bog to Barnum Pond. $15/person for Friends of the VIC, $20 for nonmembers. Inquire about our family discounts. Preregistration is required by 5 p.m. the previous day. We will offer trips at any time with prior arrangement. 

Interpretive Nature Walk                                                 

Join one of our interpretive naturalist and explore the flora, fauna and ecology of the Adirondack Park everyday from 1-2 p.m. Free for Friends of the VIC, $10 for nonmembers. Walks available until Labor Day. 

New Moon Art Show: Plein Air

In celebration of the sixth Adirondack Plein Air Festival, held in Saranac Lake from Aug. 21-24, the VIC will feature Plein Air artwork as part of the new moon art show.


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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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