@theVIC through Monday, Sept. 1


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. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 31 – Mushroom Walk

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 27 – 5K Trail Fun Run with NOLS

The National Outdoor Leadership School will partner with the VIC to celebrate its third successful season at the VIC. NOLS staff and local alums will run with the regular crowd. Fun and prizes furnished by NOLS. $5/person. Registration’s at 6 p.m. 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:  September 10 & 24 and October 8. 

Thursday, Aug. 28 – Butterfly Fun for Kids

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders join us from 1-4 p.m. as we spend time in the butterfly house before summer winds down.  We’ll play games, talk about the beautiful colors, complete a craft project and more. Limited to 12 children. $25/person, $20 for Friends of the VIC. Preregistration required by 5 p.m. the day before. 

Thursday, Aug. 28 – Volunteer Potluck Barbecue

VIC volunteers are welcome to this potluck. Bring a dish to pass. We will meet for hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Dinner’s at 6 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 30 – Butterfly Tea

Join butterfly-house staff and the Monarch Friends of the VIC from 2-4 p.m. for an open house and end-of-the-season monarch send off. We will feature a presentation on butterfly migration, collect milkweed seeds to send to Project Monarch Watch and release some monarchs on their way to Mexico. Refreshments will be served.  Reservations appreciated.   

Sunday, Aug. 31 – Volunteer Training: Late Summer Wildflowers

Come learn what’s blooming around the VIC in the waning weeks of August. 9 a.m.-noon. We’ll look at goldenrod, asters and other flowers in the composite family. 

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 & 24 – 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. 

Saturday, Sept. 27 – Homesteading Festival

This celebration of rural skills will showcase the talents of a bygone era with a distinctly Adirondack flair. Workshops will appeal to a wide range of interests and include topics such as local and seasonal cooking, cider making, cheese making, pack basket construction, renewable energy, fall gardening, heating with firewood and primitive skills.

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 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. 

Interpretive Canoe Paddle

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. 

Logging Underway at the VIC

Please take note that the following trails will be temporarily closed for forest management operations over the next month: the section of Loggers Loop from Easy Street to Woods and Waters, the section of Woods and Waters from Silva Culture to Keese Mills Road, the section of Black Pond from the east side of the Black Pond outlet to the lean-to and the Esker Trail. Please access Loggers Loop by the Skidder Trail, but use caution when walking along the gravel road. Be aware of logging equipment and trucks on the road. Please do not visit the logging operation or go into the area of the cut. 

The Nature of the VIC

To learn more about the birds, butterflies, wildflowers and mushrooms at the Paul Smith's College VIC, visit volunteer Ellen Jones' website, adirondackvic.org, as well as our official website, pscvic.org.


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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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