SAM Fest 2024

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Join us for the return of SAM Fest, the free Science, Art and Music Festival at Paul Smith's VIC on Saturday, April 13!  This year's theme is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change.  Immerse yourself in a day filled with  music, visual arts, and TED-style talks plus trivia, giveaways, and contests. New to this year's […]

FREE

Birding for Connection in Spruce/Fir Habitat

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Wild Neighbors Nature Connection presents: Young Naturalist Series: Birding for Connection The focus on Spruce/Fir Habitat takes place Saturday May 4. 9:00am-11:00am. This outing’s focus will be on spending time with our year-round resident chickadees as well as a variety of colorful warblers and other migratory songbirds who are undergoing their spring migration. Play some games, […]

Free – $10

Woodcock Walk

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Of course it's back because this is so much fun! A perennial favorite--the program and the timberdoodle (the American Woodcock). Join naturalist Milt Adams again this year in hopes of hearing that buzzy "peent" and seeing the beautiful sky dancing of the woodcock during the breeding season. 7-8:30pm. Preregistration is required.

$7.5 – $15.00

Medicinal Mushroom Workshop

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Learn about local and common non-local medicinal mushrooms in this unique workshop. Harvesting, preparation and cultivation of mushrooms will be discussed, including the methods to prepare tinctures. Participants will make and take home a double extraction mushroom tincture and an oyster mushroom kit to grow mushrooms at home. Bring lunch and a drink. Preregistration is […]

$125
Event Series Music Over the Marsh

Music over the Marsh – The North County Trio

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

The 2024 Music over the Marsh VIC concert series kicks off on May 11th with the North County Trio.. They are a Country / Americana band performing originals and covers throughout the Northeast US. The band pays careful attention to the rhythms, instrumentation, and harmonies that make this music great. Members share a love of […]

$15

Learn to Measure Tree Height – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Who doesn't love Tall Trees? Take this FREE program from Dr. Justin Waskiewicz and learn easy ways to measure a tree's height. Followed by a weekend long contest to find the tallest trees throughout the VIC's 3,000 acres (by species). You will also learn how to pace a distance. Participants should bring: a calculator (most […]

Free

Boreal Mosses

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Mosses in the Boreal Forest have an outsize influence on its ecology. This introductory field class will introduce participants to the more prominent mosses and their ecology along the VIC Boreal Life Trail. What we see and learn will hopefully serve as a foundation for one's future bryophyte investigations or just enhance one’s appreciation of […]

$45.00

Old Growth Forest Tours – 1675 Elder’s Grove – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Big Tree Fest is a fun filled celebration of our Big Old Trees here in the Adirondacks. We are offering guided tours of the 1675 Elder's Grove, home to some of the largest trees in NYS! Hidden, scattered vestiges of old-growth groves offer a living glimpse into pre-European America, untouched by the ax or plow. […]

$25

Old Growth Forest Tours – Doc Kudish Natural Forest – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Take a guided tour through the incredible Old Growth Forest located on the Paul Smith's College lands. Recently dedicated to and named after long time professor Michael "Doc" Kudish. The Doc Kudish Natural Forest is a 76-acre stand of hemlock-northern hardwood which includes some 30- to 40-inch diameter hemlock, yellow birch, and sugar maple, and […]

$25

Tree core demonstration to age a living tree – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Join this unique opportunity with Dr. Justin Waskiewicz. He conducts a boring technique on a living tree, taking a core sample to determine a tree's age. This FREE demonstration is part of our Big Tree Fest, a collection of fun and informative events celebrating and learning about Big Old Trees. Thank you, Franklin County Government Office […]

FREE

Learn to throw an Axe – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Axe Throwing! Wouldn't you love to learn this thrilling and fun skill? Watch an axe throwing demonstration from the Paul Smith's College Woodsman's team and give it a try yourself. A presentation part of our Big Tree Fest, a fun collection of programs, music, food and other events celebrating our Big Old Trees. Thank you, […]

FREE

Old Growth Forest Tours – 1675 Elder’s Grove – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Big Tree Fest is a fun filled celebration of our Big Old Trees here in the Adirondacks. We are offering guided tours of the 1675 Elder's Grove, home to some of the largest trees in NYS! Hidden, scattered vestiges of old-growth groves offer a living glimpse into pre-European America, untouched by the ax or plow. […]

$25

Old Growth Forest Tours – Doc Kudish Natural Forest – Big Tree Fest

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Take a guided tour through the incredible Old Growth Forest located on the Paul Smith's College lands. Recently dedicated to and named after long time professor Michael "Doc" Kudish. The Doc Kudish Natural Forest is a 76-acre stand of hemlock-northern hardwood which includes some 30- to 40-inch diameter hemlock, yellow birch, and sugar maple, and […]

$25

Birding for Connection in Peatland Habitat

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Wild Neighbors Nature Connection presents: Young Naturalist Series: Birding for Connection The focus on Peatland Habitat takes place Saturday May 25, 9:00am-11:00am. This outing’s focus will be on noticing the connections between birds, insects, and our beautiful flowering bog plants. Observing life in the bog feels like an otherworldly experience! We’ll spend the majority of our […]

Free – $10

Guided Canoe Paddle – Summer

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Enjoy a beginner level canoe paddle on Barnum Pond with VIC staff. Take in refreshing views and earn about Adirondack wetlands, bogs and the fascinating diversity of life they support as you navigate along the Barnum Outlet into Barnum Pond.  Hats and sunscreen recommended.  Ages 5+.  Children must be accompanied by one adult per two […]

$15 – $25

Guided Canoe Paddle – Summer

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Enjoy a beginner level canoe paddle on Barnum Pond with VIC staff. Take in refreshing views and earn about Adirondack wetlands, bogs and the fascinating diversity of life they support as you navigate along the Barnum Outlet into Barnum Pond.  Hats and sunscreen recommended.  Ages 5+.  Children must be accompanied by one adult per two […]

$15 – $25
Event Series Wild Edibles Walks

Wild Edibles Walks

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

This program is offered on multiple dates (see drop down menu). Learn to identify wild local edible plants with expert Pat Banker from Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Pat will answer your questions about how to harvest, use, cultivate and otherwise appreciate these plants! Be amazed by what Mother Nature has to offer, from gluten-free options […]

$7.50 – $15.00

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC)

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) returns this coming May 31-June 2, 2024 for the 20th time. The 3 day event is designed to introduce birders of all ages and skill levels to the unique boreal bird species and habitats in the Adirondack Park.  The celebration features birding field trips to local Important Bird Areas […]

Free – $125.00

Guided Canoe Paddle – Summer

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Enjoy a beginner level canoe paddle on Barnum Pond with VIC staff. Take in refreshing views and earn about Adirondack wetlands, bogs and the fascinating diversity of life they support as you navigate along the Barnum Outlet into Barnum Pond.  Hats and sunscreen recommended.  Ages 5+.  Children must be accompanied by one adult per two […]

$15 – $25

Adirondack Raptors at the VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

Paul Smith's VIC 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY, United States

Mark Manske brings his incredible raptor program to the Paul Smith's College VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) on Saturday, June 1st, 1PM-3PM. Experience the thrill of being up close and personal with live raptors.   Seating is limited. Learn more about Mark and Adirondack Raptors    

$10