I am a member and Membership Chair for my local chapter. It is a wonderful organization not only because of all the environmental causes that it supports but for the people I have met over the years through this organization-can not say enough.
Great cause, super communication and excellent execution. after decades of involvement, I continue to be so impressed, I became a life member.
ADK works incredibly hard to maintain the beauty, integrity and eco-system of the Adirondacks through: extensive volunteer activities, including trail and shelter maintenance and many group leisure outdoor activities; education, especially for citizens and public officials who are not acquainted with the full story behind proposed legislation that could adversely affect the region; youth and adult programs: and exceptional publications. But beyond these outreach activities, ADK is a personal, warm and friendly organization dedicated to assisting everyone to enjoy the treasure that is the Adirondacks,
In 2010 I saw what other organizations were doing for the Virgin islands National Park and guided ADK to initiating a program of volunteering in the Park in 2011. We were able to field a force of 20 persons ,maximum size permitted, and we did trail work and were introduced to the island of St John. it was a success and was followed in 2012 with another trip. ADK organized the volunteers , made sure we were fed and housed and we produced a trail project that is lasting and an addition to the park experience.
I have been active in the Adirondack Mountain Club for years. I eventually became a volunteer after seeing all the positive time and energy the club spends on conservation, stewardship, environmental education and the like. I personally serve as Education Chair of my local chapter and have been rewarded ten times over by the response of youngsters being introduced to hiking, Leave No Trace, nature identification and appreciation via activities I have led and sponsorships to environmental camps and trail maintenance internships that I have been able to connect youth with.
For about 30 years I have volunteered in various capacities with the ADK. As a trip leader for over 10 years in the Johns Brook valley I was always given clear direction, great support, and the freedom to make the decisions I needed as the on-scene leader. As a campground host I was always treated with the same kind of courtesy. In these endeavors over this long time, I feel that these opportunities have had positive impacts on hundreds of people in their appreciation for wilderness and both its fragility and beauty.
Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. through education and environmental advocacy helps protect the largest park in the United States. I have personally helped as a lean-to steward and trail maintenance volunteer. I stay in the clubs lodging facilities and have hiked extensively in the high peaks of the region. I have canoed the waterways and swum in the rivers and lakes. I can think of no other organization I'd rather contribute my time and money too.
I maintain two sections of the ADK trail from Spruce Pond to Tinker Falls. It is a very popular, frequently hiked trail as there is a spectacular view from Jones [hang glider] hill as well as the Falls.