The 2024 Discovery Series’ themed hikes will start in February and run through October that are geared towards learners of all ages. Hikes vary in location and difficulty, but are generally easy/moderate and take 1.5 to 3 hours.
While snowshoeing with a Naturalist through the frozen wetlands at Amy’s Park, we’ll search for animal tracks in the snow and other winter phenomena as you learn about the unique adaptations of Adirondack flora and fauna for winter survival. We’ll hike a loop on the Orange Trail for a total of 1.2 miles. This trail is rated easy/moderate rated hike and includes a short steep section. Due to distance, most suitable for hikers ages 7 and up.
Join a Naturalist for a walk on Bradley’s Lookout Trail at the Pinnacle Preserve to the overlook above Lake George. Along the way we’ll search for animal tracks in the snow and other winter phenomena. You’ll learn about the unique adaptations of Adirondack flora and fauna for winter survival and marvel at the amazing views over the frozen lake. We’ll meet in the main parking area on Edgecomb Pond Road, and will hike out and back on the BlueTrail for a total of 1.5 miles. This hike is rated moderate and most suitable for hikers ages 7 and up.
In the springtime, pools of water from melting snow host all sorts of life. Explore with a Naturalist some of Godwin’s vernal pools to see what frogs and salamanders make these part of their life cycle. This hike is rated easy/moderate with several steeper sections.
Hike up the Pinnacle trail with a Naturalist and learn about the geology of the Adirondacks and the Lake George basin. You’ll find out what has happened in the geologic past to create the beautiful scenery we see from the lookout. The hike up the Pinnacle is rated moderate with mostly gradual inclines, and one ½ mile section of steeper, rocky terrain.
The Adirondacks are a unique and special place that we can all work together to protect, celebrate National Trails Day by learning how you can be a steward of the land. Learn about best practices for outdoor recreation and the Leave No Trace Principles as you hike the Bradley’s Lookout trail at the Pinnacle Preserve.
New York is home to more than 450 species of birds. While hiking up to the Godwin Preserve Overlook you will learn birding basics on how to identify birds. The overlook will provide great views of soaring raptors and nearby songbirds to test out your new identification skills. This hike is rated easy/moderate with several steeper sections.
Be a Citizen Scientist when out on the trails and contribute to scientific research. While hiking along the trail to Bradley’s Lookout, you will learn how to use the apps iNaturalist and Seek to record your nature observations along the way.
Beavers are called ecosystem engineers for a reason! During a walk along the Yellow Trail at Amy’s Park, we’ll investigate beaver activity, a beaver pond and lodge. Participants will have the opportunity to use their observations to make a beaver dam model to see if it will hold back water as well as a beaver’s.
Join a Naturalist on a hike up Thomas Mountain observing how the local trees are changing before winter, and learn some Adirondack tree identification. This trail is considered moderately challenging with rewarding views of Lake George to the east and the southern Adirondacks to the west.
FREE. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance with the Lake George Land Conservancy.
Our thanks to all that have made this year’s program series possible: