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.
I have been a member of ADK for many years and involved in its leadership for several. This is a unique organization in many ways,not the least of which is that it is member directed. It has been able to blend its roles of environmental education and advocacy with an extensive program involving members in recreational and volunteer work projects. Over the years, I have been able to participate in activities as diverse as canoe outings, trail building and outdoor eduacation programs for local school children. ADK has a network of chapters thoughout the state who further its goals through involvement in issues relevant to their particular area. The organization also maintains two lodges in the Adirondacks where it helps the public enjoy their public lands in a safe and environmently friendly way. We try to teach by doing; maintaining trails, supporting our "summit steward"program or promoting green technology at our own property. In short, ADK is a great organization for people who love the outdoors and are concerned with its preservation to work with other people to achieve these goals
To me the outdoors is the last frontier. We need to preserve it and enjoy it. The more we respect this great resource the more we will get back. The ADK has a passion for the environment and nature. I'm a firm believer in their mission statement - 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.
it organizes hikes and paddle trips led by experienced outdoors men and women. It sponsors kids to attend summer environmental camp in the Adirondacks. It lobbies for pro-environment legislation. Its members are people who love to be in the out of doors and know how to respect nature.