Programs & Events


To Register for Programs Call 518-327-6241

**Important Information: When registering, be sure to register your whole party at once. Our programs only permit group tours for members of the same household or party, and with a maximum capacity of six (6) individuals in total. Once one party or family unit registers for a program, registration for that date will be closed. Thank you for your patience and understanding in these times.**  

Make sure to check back with our calendar of events throughout the year!

Which Trees are These? - Deciduous Diversity

Sundays – July 19 August 2, 16, 30 – 1:00-2:30 PM

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Take a walk with a VIC Naturalist and see the amazing diversity of deciduous trees here at the VIC! 

Wake Up and Write

Fridays – July 10, August 7 – 10:00 am- 11:30 am

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Be inspired by some of the wild spaces the VIC has to offer and participate in activities designed to get your pen moving! All writing styles and skill levels are welcome.

Bluebird Box Building

Friday – July 10 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

$25/ Box

Want more visitors to your backyard? Help our native Bluebird populations by building your own nesting box to take home and install!

Which Trees are These? - Curious Conifers

Sundays- July 12, 26, August 9, 23 – 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

From spruces to pines, our native conifers are full of surprises! Led by VIC Naturalist

Wildflower ID Series

Wednesdays – July 15, 22, 29, August 12, 26 – 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Participants will learn basic wildflower identification skills including field guide and hand lens usage, botanical terminology, and enjoy a walk on our trails in search of native flowers.

Roosevelt Bird Walks- Everyday Adirondack Birds

Thursdays – July 16, August 6, 27 – 10:00 am-11:30 am

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Get to know the most common backyard birds that visit your feeders year ‘round in the Adirondacks. If interested, learn how to participate in the citizen science projects “Great Backyard Bird Count” and/or “Project FeederWatch.”

Roosevelt Bird Walks - Wetland Waders

Thursdays – July 23. August 13, September 3 – 10:00 am- 11:30 am 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Search for herons, ducks, and other fishing birds around our wetlands at the VIC.

Roosevelt Bird Walks - Woodland Woodpeckers

Thursdays – July 9, 30, August 20 – 10:00 am- 11:30 pm 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Explore woodpecker holes, drumming, and get to know what it takes to be a woodpecker in northern forests.

Fascinating Fungi

Fridays – July 17, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 – 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Come get to know some of the forests’ most beneficial organisms on this beginner level mycology program.

Searching for Salamanders

Friday, July 17th – 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Get ready to get your hands dirty as we sleuth through the woods in search of our slimy friends! Participants will learn about the diversity and role of native salamanders as we explore their habitat.


Flower Pounding

Fridays – July 24, August 6 – 10:00 am- 11:30 am

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Create beautiful watercolor-inspired art with nature’s pigments in this plant-based program. 

Bat Box Building

Friday, July 24 – 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm 

$25/ Box 

Participants will learn about bat diversity and importance in the Adirondacks and assemble a box to take home and install.

Wetland Ecology

Saturdays – July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 10:00 am- 11:30 am

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Enjoy a walk around our beautiful Heron Marsh and get to know the plants and animals that make it unique. Led by a VIC Naturalist.


Boreal and Bog Ecology

Saturdays – July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Explore the Boreal Life trail with one of our Naturalists and learn about the biodiversity of northern forests.

Pollinate the Park!

Thursdays – July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3 – 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

From butterflies to bees, get to know the animals responsible for helping our forests and gardens grow! Each week a new pollinator will be explored. 

Mushroom Foray

July 11, 21, August 11, September 1, 19 – 10:00 am- 12:00 pm 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child

Join mushroom expert Susan Hopkins for a casual walk in the woods to look at all the mushrooms and fungi. Discuss and identify posionous and edible species as well as ones of medicinal value. Walk will take at least 2-2.5 hours and be held rain or shine.

Wild Edibles Walk with Pat Banker

Wednesdays, July 15, 22, August 19, September 9, 16 – 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

Learn how to identify wild, local edible plants with expert Pat Banker from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Be amazed by what Mother Nature has to offer, from gluten free options to easy-to-harvest solutions right at your feet! 

Loons and Moons with Milt Adams

Friday, July 31 – 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm 

$15/ Person $40/ Group of 4 

Travel to Black Pond with intructor Milt Adams for a night of listening to loon calls and hearing nature facts and stories by a wood fire! 

Batty for Bugs

Friday, August 28 – 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

Enjoy this two-in-one program with a headlamp lit walk to a wetland, where participants can watch and listen to the world’s only flying mammals enjoy their dinner and witness the incredible diversity of moths the VIC has to offer.

Which Trees are These? - Fall Foliage

Sundays – September 6, 13, 20 – 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

What’s more beautiful than fall in the Adirondacks? Enjoy the colors and learn about the changing leaves on a walk with our VIC Naturalists!

Bat Walk

Friday, September 25 – 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

Grab your headlamp (we have a few to borrow) and walk our trails to a wetland, where participants can watch and listen to the world’s only flying mammals enjoy their dinner.

Lights of Night with Milt Adams

Friday, September 11 – 7:30 pm- 9:00pm 

$15/ Adult – $7.50/ Child 

Go on a treasure hunt for firefly larve with naturalist Milt Adams! Search for thse bioluminescent critters and leatn about this interesting insect that’s struggling to maintain populations across the globe. 

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