June 20, 2019

Every summer, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) brings in five naturalist interns to the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center. Using their unique interests and experiences, they are each tasked with creating a guided walk program that focuses on a specific topic. In years past, we have had a Heart Lake paddling tour, a native tree walk, and other fascinating topics that help educate the public about what makes the Adirondack Park so interesting. They also run the Nature Museum on our property, which features interpretive exhibits that the naturalists create themselves each summer, in addition to daily guided hikes up Mt. Jo and weekly presentations. Stay tuned for their schedule!

But enough about what they do. Just who are these engaging educators?


Portrait of Anna, a naturalistAnna is a third year biology student at Ohio University where she is pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She has enjoyed working in Ohio University’s outdoor recreation program while at school, so she was inspired this year to seek out a similar job for the summer, which led her to ADK. Anna is ecstatic to be a member of the Naturalist team, where she can continue to learn about and share her love for the great outdoors and all of the creatures that also call it home.


Portrait of Colin, a naturalistColin is a Sophomore at Amherst College. His love of the outdoors and desire to promote their protection inspired him to become a naturalist with ADK this summer. His naturalist interests lie particularly in the intersection of cultural history and the natural world—often as it pertains to indigenous history and European colonization of the Adirondacks. When he’s not naturalizing, Colin enjoys playing music, climbing, hiking, and woodworking.”


Portrait of Audrey, a naturalistAudrey is a student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) where she is pursuing a degree in Environmental Biology. She is delighted to work for ADK this summer, motivated by a calling to give back to her favorite wild spaces. She can’t wait to share her love for plants and fungi with everyone this season.



Portrait of Emily, a naturalistEmily is a biology major at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. After graduating next May, she plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree in wildlife science. Emily’s dream is to work with large mammals such as bears and big cats. Emily was looking for an adventure this summer and wanted nothing more than to spend it in her home away from home: the Adirondack Mountains. Emily has been coming to the Adirondacks nearly every summer since she was born, but this is her first time in the High Peaks Region.


Portrait of Zach, a naturalistZach is a sophomore at St. Lawrence University and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Outdoor Studies. As a resident of the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park, he wanted to educate visitors and learn more about the place he calls home through ADK. His favorite things to do outside are hike, paddle, run. He is stoked to be a naturalist, and he hopes to see you on one of his educational walks this summer.



Photo Credit: Seth Jones