Adirondack Center in Newcomb Open for Skiing, Snowshoeing
By Mirror Staff
Monday, February 21, 2011
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) took over programming at the newly named Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb on January 1, expanding services to both visitors and area residents with programs that will explore science, recreation, natural history and culture.
The interpretive center at ESF’s Huntington Wildlife Forest in Newcomb will remain open all winter, with 3.6 miles of trails available for those wishing to snowshoe, cross-country ski or look for signs of winter wildlife. Trails are open dawn to dusk daily.
A new trail linking the Interpretive Center’s trails to the Camp Santanoni Historic area was completed in 2007. The trail follows an old road to the 19th century Great Camp on the shore of Newcomb Lake.
The extra trail adds mileage to the Santanoni ski trip, for a total of 12 miles from the Newcomb VIC to Camp Santanoni and back. Skiers leave the Visitors Center and follow the northern section of the Sucker Brook Trail (about 0.4 mile) to the 1.1-mile R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trail. About halfway along the Sage Trail, skiers will find the 0.7-mile Connector Trail to the Santanoni road.
The interpretive center’s main building is scheduled to be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, providing a place for visitors to warm up and watch winter birds, such as finches, nuthatches and boreal migrants, at the feeders outside the lobby windows. However, during this transitional period, the center might be closed occasionally during those hours. Visitors wishing to ensure the building is open when they arrive are advised to check in advance by calling 518-582-2000.
The facility was formerly operated by the Adirondack Park Agency and was known as the Visitor Interpretive Center. When ESF assumed ownership, the name was changed to reflect both its location and its mission to serve regional residents as well as visitors from beyond the park’s boundaries.
“We want to carry forward the legacy of the Adirondack Park Agency’s interpretive program,” said Paul Hai, an AEC educator who is planning programs for the interpretive center. “We want the facility to be more than a nature center. We want to offer educational and recreational programs that are based on a foundation of natural history and science.”
Hai is finalizing plans for three programs that will be among those held next spring and summer.