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As the Friends group to the Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Adirondack Park Institute provides support for the Center’s free educational and experiential programs that teach generations to care for the Adirondack Park’s unique natural and cultural resources. 
We support the only educational and experiential Center offering FREE Admission and Environmental and Cultural  Programs  to the public in the Adirondacks,
at the Adirondack Interpretive Center

•The Adirondack Park Institute, Inc., (API) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1989 for the purpose of funding environmental education and interpretive programs in the Adirondacks.  The API receives its funding through annual memberships, individual donations, and grants. 

•As the friends group for SUNY ESF's Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb, we support participatory and enriching educational programs and experiences throughout the Adirondacks.  These programs teach the young and inspire all generations to care about the natural and cultural environments of the Adirondacks. 

•For over 30-Years, the API has raised and spent well over one million dollars for educational programs for children, families, and visitors in the Adirondacks. Most of these programs are free and open to the public.  Some examples of the programs we have funded include the "Summer Naturalist" and the "Artist-in-Residence" programs at the AIC.  We believe we have made a difference in the lives we have touched as generation after generation returns to experience the wonders of the natural world.

•To learn more about some of the programs and events the API funds with the generous support of our members and friends, visit our News page.

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Advisory Board

Robin Deloria

Roger Dziengeleski

Sarah Lewin

Elizabeth Lowe

Edmund Lynch

Neil Murphy

Mike Pratt

Phil Terrie

Kathy Hutchins Welling

Ross Whaley


In Memory

William B. Hale II

Thad P. Collum

George Canon

Abbie Verner



Ally Parent


Our Board of Trustees

Founding President

Frank M. Hutchins



Frank W. Pine, PhD



Robert Cummings


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