Forever Wild Day 2022

Forever Wild Day 2022

Saturday, July 9 at Paul Smith's College

Please join the Adirondack Council Board and Staff in person at Paul Smith’s College on Saturday, 
July 9 (9:00am - 2:30pm) to celebrate our 2022 Conservationist of the Year recipient Jen Kretser and the Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program and Special Award Recipient Assemblymember Billy Jones. Come early to paddle, walk, discuss and enjoy time with fellow members who share a passion for preserving the Adirondacks for current and future generations. We look forward to seeing you!

Please click on the links below to make your lunch reservation, sign-up for group outings and/or give a gift of support.

Lunch Reservations

Sign-Up for Group Outings

Give a Gift of Support

Please click here for driving directions and accommodations and maps of the Paul Smith's campus and Paul Smith's VIC.

Forever Wild Day Schedule

9:00 – 11:00am  |  Registration in the Student Center

9:00 – 11:00am  |  Group Outings/Talks

11:30am – 12:30pm  |  Welcome & Award Presentation in the Auditorium

  • State of the Park
  • Special Recognition Award to Assemblymember Billy Jones
  • Conservationist of the Year Award to Jen Kretser & The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program
  • Climate Action in the Adirondacks - Panel Discussion

12:45 – 1:30pm  |  Casual Lunch in the Dining Hall

  • Required lunch reservation of $25/person

1:30 – 2:30pm  |  Lawn Games and Staff Q&A

Group Outing Schedule

Please sign-up to attend a group outing by July 5th.

9:00 – 11:00am  |  Flatwater Paddles (boats available or bring your own)

  • Boreal Life Paddle on Barnum Pond starts with a guided, short walk through a spruce swamp, bog, conifer forest, and mixed conifer-hardwood forest to the VIC dock where you can explore Barnum Pond (no portage required and space limited)

  • Lower St. Regis Lake Paddle begins at the Paul Smith’s College boat launch where you can (1) take an easy venture to a wetland and/or lean-to; (2) take a moderate paddle to Rabbit Island on Spitfire Lake; or (3) take a challenging upstream paddle to Keese Mill Dam

9:00 – 11:00am  |  Walk in the Woods at the Paul Smith’s VIC

  • Heron Marsh Trail travels through a variety of habitats, including wetlands, hardwood forest and mixed conifer-hardwood forest - there is a boardwalk, two platforms and an elevated tower for viewing marsh wildlife

  • Self-Guided Walk around the many nature trails combined with visit to the Butterfly House

10:00 - 11:00am or 1:30 - 2:30pm  |  Adirondack Council Staff Q&A

  • Clean Water with David Miller, Clean Water Program Coordinator & Blake Neumann, Clean Water Advocate

  • Essex Farm Institute with Dillon Klepetar, Farm Advocate

Have questions about the 2022 Forever Wild Day at Paul Smith's College? Please contact Development Assistant Jess Kelley at 518.873.2240 Ext. 110 or

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