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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, and other Parks, wild lands and waters vital to our members and chapters. The Club, founded in 1922, is a member-directed organization committed to public service and stewardship. ADK employs a balanced approach to outdoor recreation, advocacy, environmental education and natural resource conservation. ADK encourages the involvement of all people in its mission and activities; its goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible.

Programs: ADK's Conservation and Advocacy Program develops policies and implements initiatives that promote the responsible recreational use, protection, stewardship, and acquisition of New York's wild lands, parks and waterways. Working with ADK's Conservation Committee and various chapter conservation committees, our advocacy work advances these goals in the areas of government, legal, and public affairs.ADK's Education Program provides opportunities for individuals and groups to develop knowledge, skills, understanding, and an appreciation of the natural environment. ADK's Trails Program promotes land stewardship through the development and maintenance of a quality, all encompassing trail system while encouraging responsible use and protection of New York State's Forest Preserve, Parks and other wild lands and waters. ADK Recreation Programs promote responsible enjoyment of our natural areas. ADK's 27 chapters located in New York State, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, offer over one thousand recreational activities each year including hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

My first hiking trips into the mountains in Upstate NY called the Adirondacks were on trails maintained by the Adirondack Mountain Club, from parking lots maintained by the Club, and lodges owned and maintained by the club. It was these trips that fuelled by passion for the mountains and led to great mountaineering adventures in Alaska and The Cascades. Since then I've returned to the Adirondack Mountains with a renewed appreciation for everything the ADK has done and look forward to introducing a new generation of yougsters to the magical inspiration that can be found there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are relatively new members of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We have taken an educational course and participated in guided groups climbing the high peaks. The instructors and guides to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The facilities are clean and welcoming. The Adirondack Mountain Club makes available many supplies and resources for both the classes and climbs. We look forward to further trips and programs with the Adirondack Mountain Club. This organization is an asset to the enjoyment and preservation of the Adirondack Mountains.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of the ADK I have been on hikes and a vacation trip to St. Johns in the American Virgin Islands. THe hikes are good, especially with the rating system if you have limitations. The trip to St. Johns was the trip of a lifetime because of superb organizers and participants. We are moving back to the Adirondacks hoping to take advantage of more outings. I highly recomend the ADK for their diligence in safety and education. Thanks ADK for getting us out more!

Mark37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the ADK and rely heavily on the facilities and information offered. My drug of choice is hiking in the Adirondack Mountains and frequently stay at the Adirondack Loj and the Johns Brook Lodge. The ADK website along with the High Peaks Information Center at the Loj are essential sources of information regarding trail conditions. More than once these resources proved invaluable in deciding the appropriate gear to pack and trails to hike.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the ADK for 30 years and have been using its resources for a long time. Between educational programs, guide books, club trail maintenance and area information in its website and publications the experience with the ADK has been enjoyable, educational and very meaningful to me and my family.

Mark36

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been hiking the high peaks of the Adirondacks with my family and friends for decades, and the spirit and hard work of all of the volunteers and employees is exemplary.

Jim_13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been paddleing flat water for some time and wanted to try whitwater. A friend just bought a boat and then I bought one too. We went out a couple times together and then it happened he coldn't go and I wanted to. I herd about ADK and the Schenectady chapter and decided to join. I made a call to one of the group leaders planing a trip he welcommed me and I have been hook ever since. I could not have found a better group of people to on the water wtih.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member since I was a junior member (while at Camp Lincoln) in the early 1950's. ADK is a fabulous advocate for the Adirondack Mountain Park (New York State's huge North Park) as well as other parks in New York State (Catskills). Fighting lumber companies, developers, and the 4-wheel ATV lobbies, ADK has pushed for stewardship of the parks, FOREVER WILD. This is a concept which most residents of New York State do not appreciate, and ADK makes their presence felt in the Legislature and Governor's office. ADK also has a huge network of volunteers who help to maintain state park trails, and the ADK facilitiies. If you have never stayed at Johns Brook Lodge, you have a treat-of-your-life waiting for you. I can't say enough good things about this organization; I wish some donor would give them $1,000,000,000 to counteract all of the threats which face this park.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The adk is an institution devoted to the preservation of open public lands for use by citizens today and future generations. Being a member not only gets you discounts on stays but also provides newsletters, resources to improve your paddling and back country skills, and offers classes. They lobby against hydro tracking, acid rain producing coal pollution in the mid west, and the deforestation of new Yorkshire forest.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADK is a great group for people interested in the outdoors and the beautiful mountains in the Adirondacks and around the world. They have wonderful excursions from the Adirondack lakes to overseas. I went on a great paddle to Low's Lake in the Adirondacks and to a wonderful 10 day hike in Norway. Both extremely reasonable. They also do trail work here in New York in the Adirondacks and Catskills and encourage young people to get outdoors.