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Teaching Generations to Care

Who we are

 As the Friends group to the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, the Adirondack Park Institute provides support for the Center’s free educational and experiential programs offered to all children, families, and visitors that teach generations to care for the Adirondack Park’s unique natural and cultural resources.  

Our Story

For over 35 years, The Adirondack Park Institute (API) has been helping to provide FREE public programming from the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.  We were established back in 1989 to specifically help

Our Board

Founding President

Frank M. Hutchins



Frank W. Pine, PhD



Robert Cummings



Stuart H. Angert

Joan Burke

Rob Calihan

James C. Dawson

William Farber

Michael I. German

Paul B. Hai

Mark Leta

Col. Robert C. Lilly

USAF (Ret)

Charles F. Monzeglio, Jr.

Melany Putman

Elizabeth Thorndike

Troy Trombley


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


Board information

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Frank Pine



Robert Cummings


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Elizabeth "Liz" Thorndike

Elizabeth “Liz” Thorndike served for nearly 16 years as an Adirondack Park Agency commissioner and then 20 years as member of the board of directors of NYSERDA.
She is an educator in the field of natural resource policy and planning and has
been part of many teaching and learning teams with the Center for Environmental Information in Rochester and adjunct faculty at Cornell where she taught “Wilderness and Wildlands: Sustaining the Built Environment.
A board member of the API for many years, she also serves currently on the boards of the Adirondack Research Consortium and Paul Smith’s College.


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Col. Robert "Bob' C. Lilly


Retired USAF


For More information on specific Board Members click their link

Our Sustaining Partners

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