Learn to Measure Tree Height – Big Tree Fest

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

We all love Tall Trees! Take this FREE program from Dr. Justin Waskiewicz and learn easy ways to measure a tree's height. There will then be a weekend long contest to find the tallest trees throughout the VIC's 3,000 acres by species. Participants should bring a calculator (most smartphones have them) a yardstick/meterstick would be …

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Free

The Way of Nature at Springtime, Taoist Yoga Workshop – Big Tree Fest

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

Inner Quest Yoga workshop. Taoist Yoga provides a gateway for self-exploration and mastery of the physical and mental self. Its philosophical roots from ancient China, emphasize our connection with nature’s rhythms. Learn to: awaken, generate, circulate, and store Qi—vital life energy, reduce stress, improve health and mental acuity, and activate the healer within. A little …

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$30

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

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

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. …

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$25

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

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

Take a guided tour through the incredible Old Growth Forest located on the Paul Smith's College lands that was 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 …

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$25

Tree Climbing Demonstration – Big Tree Fest

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

Big Tree Fest is a collection of fun and informative events celebrating and learning about Big Old Trees. Paul Smith's College Professor, Randall Swanson, Program Coordinator for the Arboriculture & Landscape Management (AALM) program will give a free tree climbing demonstration at the VIC.

FREE

Learn all about the famous “Leaning Pine” – Big Tree Fest

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

Big Tree Fest is a collection of fun and informative events celebrating and learning about Big Old Trees. Dr. Curt Stager will present on the natural history and legend of Paul Smith's famed "Leaning Pine" in the VIC amphitheater. A "cookie" or cutout of the actual tree showing the growth rings will be on display.

FREE

Forest Bathing a Guided Sensory Experience – Big Tree Fest

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

Big Tree Fest is a collection of fun and informative events celebrating and learning about Big Old Trees. Forest Bathing immerses you in the sights, sounds, scents and textures of an Adirondack forest. Guided sensory activities give each person the space to enjoy their own personal experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Accessible to everyone, Forest Bathing takes place on gentle terrain. …

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$15.00

Live Music – Jeff Balerno – Big Tree Fest

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

Big Tree Fest is a celebration of our Big Old Trees.  Ranger Jeff is a talented musician who plays all your favorite songs that you know by heart. Come listen for FREE in the Great Room on May 21st. Food and Beverages will also be available for purchase.

FREE

Comedy Show – Rusty The Logger – Big Tree Fest

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

Rusty DeWees comes “DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN” to THE BIG TREE FEST for an in-person on-stage LIVE Comedy and Music Show. Actor/Comedian DeWees is known for his beloved and valued THE LOGGER persona through which he offers his stellar, hard earned, talents as full-on comedian, musician, ad libber, and story-teller. Rusty's one-man comedy shows have …

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$20.00

Learn to throw an Axe – Big Tree Fest

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

Big Tree Fest is a fun collection of programs, music, food and other events celebrating our Big Old Trees. Watch an axe throwing demonstration from the Paul Smith's College Woodsman's team and even give it a try yourself.

FREE
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Wild Edibles Walks

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

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 …

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$7.50 – $15.00

Amphibian Exploration

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

Join naturalist Milt Adams to explore the amphibian world along Keese Mill Road in Paul Smiths. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and your waders/hip boots if you want to wander into the water with Milt.  Program starts at the VIC, please be prompt and thank you.

$7.50 – $15.00
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Medicinal Mushroom Workshop

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

Local and common non-local medicinal mushrooms will be discussed and identified in this workshop. Harvesting, preparation and cultivation of mushrooms will also 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 …

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$125
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Wildflower ID Walks

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

Explore the diversity of flowering plants the VIC has to offer. Back by popular demand, Oto will help participants learn basic wildflower identification skills including field guide and hand lens usage and botanical terminology. Enjoy a walk on our trails in search of native flowers. Beginner wildflower enthusiasts welcome! 1-2:30 PM. This program is offered …

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$7.50 – $15.0000

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Wild Edibles Walks

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

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 …

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$7.50 – $15.00

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) – Birding Trips

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

The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) returns this coming June 3-5, 2022 for the 18th 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 (IBA’s), …

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Free – $125.00

Adirondack Raptors at the VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

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

Mark Manske brings his incredible raptor program to the Paul Smith's College VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) on June 4th 1-3PM. The GABC is sponsored by and in partnership with the Hotel Saranac and Raquette River Brewing. This program is free but seating is limited. Adirondack Raptors website is https://www.adirondackraptors.org/  

FREE

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration – Lectures at the VIC June 4th 3-4PM

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

There will be three brief (20 minute) ornithology related presentations in the VIC theater on June 4th 3-4PM. Tim Neilson, as an avid birder who recently relocated to the Malone area, has traveled the continent for many years filming warblers (mostly spring males) from the Rio Grande to Canada. He now has footage of all …

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Live Music – Celia Evans plays the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

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

Celia Evans is a singer and songwriter whose folk melodies, both traditional and contemporary, are rich in images celebrating the Adirondacks and the natural world. Her lyrical stories, however, are not limited to any one place. Her lyrics touch on love, family, gratitude, and philosophy. She will be playing in the Great Room June 4th …

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FREE