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Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.

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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

weinbers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great cause, super communication and excellent execution. after decades of involvement, I continue to be so impressed, I became a life member.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Bill24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active member of ADK, Mid-Hudson Chapter for over 30 years. I've hiked, kayaked, held various Chapter offices anyoud worked on trails in the Catskills, and maintained a section of of AT. Wonderful experience. You get to meet and work with some great people.

Linda69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Eliot D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADK is a wonderful organization with the interest of making the Adirondacks available to all who want to enjoy its splendor. They offer many programs, group activities and provide faculties to make access possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands-on concrete service makes this club more meaningful to me than a group that is mainly interested in legal policy and politics. Simple good natured interpersonal help in canoeing, hiking, photography, how to information on day packing, trips, eating, and cautions taught by fellow local members in a welcoming manner makes this club superior for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wilderness lodge - John's Brook Lodge - brings a new meaning to enjoying the trails in the Adirondacks. A long weekend planned, friends from a New Jersey hiking club ventured to the Haystacks, Marcy, Yarde, and Big Slide to begin the process of hikig the 46'ers. The trek into the lodge form the Garden Parking lot is a beautiful walk and the perfect setting for the beginning of this experience. With a number of ppular trailheads leading in all directions, one has the option to hike or just hang out at the lodge and cool your feet in the brook. The ADK runs a ship-shape lodge with experienced staff and eco-friendly services. A jewel not to be missed!

Judy D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an ADK member for at least 30 years. I have learned so much from other members and the club postings. They help me keep up with the latest environmental issues in my area in addition to keeping me healthy from hiking or canoeing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor and volunteer for the ADK. I donate on top of my membership fees and in 2011 also participated in the ididaride, a 75-mile fundraising road bike ride in the central Adirondacks. I have to admit I was a bit worried about completing the tour, but wound up doing fine, thanks to 4 well-stocked rest stops along the way and lots of encouragement from everyone involved. I have also stayed at Adirondack Loj and Johns Brook Lodge, ADK's flagship lodging options in the High Peaks area, both of which provide a good base camp for hiking nearby 46'ers and other points of interest. My volunteer work for ADK has been representing the organization at EMS Club Days for the past several years. Laurie Schweighardt and Deb Zack have kept me well-stocked with brochures, signage and give-aways, including reusable cloth shopping bags, and I really enjoy doing this. The ADK is just a great organization with great employees and vision!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining the ADK was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and make lifelong friends, learn responsible recreation as well as useful survival skills, and be part of a group who make a difference in the environment. As a volunteer trip leader, I have been able to inspire other members with the power of the outdoors, teach outdoor skills to new hikers, and improve on my own leadership skills. My membership and interactions with ADK have been life-changing and have led to my rewarding career in wilderness therapy.

Wendy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization helps preserve and protect the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It's members and volunteers generally live and work in the area concerned and participate actively in hiking, canoeing, and other nonmotorized recreational use of the mountain's trails and waterways. In addition, we actively volunteer through the club for trail maintenance and other activities that directly aid in conservation of the area. There are several chapters and each has particular trails or areas that they help maintain. When we work on a trail, we see directly the impact that we have on the area. We feel that we directly benefit every user of the trail, from the first time visitor to the long time resident. I think that the best way to help people understand the importance of the outdoors environment is to get them actively using trails and outdoor areas with a miniumum of motorized equipment. They begin to understand that a clean environment isn't just an extra - that we and the other living things that share this earth depend on it.

Allen A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great environmental group with many activities. ............................

Linda N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADK has it all- advocacy, education, opportunities to volunteer and many wonderful experiences in Nature. So the ADK is not only about nature, but it immerses a member /volunteer in nature. The hiking schedule has a wide variety of outdoor experiences for a variety of abilities. The members of the ADK are dedicated to the outdoors-especially to the Adirondack Park. This is an environmental group that offers members and volunteers the complete nature experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADK not only builds and maintains trails and facilities in the Adirondacks, but also educates people on how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe manner. The Club supports all trails and environmental issues around New York State and stives to preserve the "wilderness" for future generations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADK is for all who cherish outdoor experiences and want to be Heard on the issues of conservation and environmental protection on the local, state and national level. it is a community of committed people who also love to be out on the trail with like minded adventurers of all ages.