Outdoor Education in the Adirondacks
Up Yonda Farm Hours:
Naturalist on Duty
Daily July and August
8am – 4pm
Guests may check in and pay the day use fee at the Farmhouse during open hours or use our
Contact-free Registration and Day Use Fee Collection Option
Day use fees ($6 per vehicle) may be paid through the mail slot in the gray entrance booth or by credit card using our secure on-line store. Keeping track of attendance (date, size of group and home zip code) allows us more funding to increase programming.
Make a day of your Up Yonda Farm visit and check out new educational opportunities!
The Naturalist Snapshot is a new series of “drop-in” programs currently being offered on Saturdays, and will be offered daily during open hours this summer. Up Yonda Farm Naturalists will offer a short program on a variety of topics to introduce guests to activities and exploration at Up Yonda. Naturalist Snapshots are included with a paid Day Use Fee or Up Yonda Farm Membership! Check out the calendar to see what’s on deck for the upcoming week!
Weekday Hour-long Program descriptions:
Naturalist-led hike – Join Up Yonda Farm Naturalists on a hike to explore the forest at Up Yonda, and learn about Adirondack flora and fauna while you’re at it! All hikes will cover roughly a mile of gradual uphill terrain unless otherwise noted. Meet at the Farmhouse to complete check in and to begin the hike. Fee of $5 per person applies, in addition to per vehicle day use fee.
Hug-a-tree program dates at Up Yonda Farm: July 19 at 10am and Aug 11at 1pm.
This special program is sponsored by the Friends of Up Yonda Farm. It will be presented by “LASAR” – Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue. It is geared to kids ages 6-11. The program is provided free of charge as part of LASAR’s commitment to public education. The program is approximately 30 to 40 minutes long. Don’t miss it!
Meet a real search dog and learn how our four-legged friends help to find lost humans. There are demonstrations on signaling for help using a whistle and reflector, as well as how to stay dry and warm using a simple garbage bag. The program provides children with safety tips such as staying in one place by using trees, and how to be big and be noticed when people are looking for them.
Inspired by a search for a nine year old boy many years ago in southern California, the Hug A Tree program was developed to teach children how to survive in the woods if they become lost. Many children are alive today because they learned how to take care of themselves through the Hug A Tree program.