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Environmental Studies Adirondack Experience

Exploring People and Place

The Adirondack Experience is a coordinated program for first-year students who are concerned about environmental issues and want to get outdoors to learn about the region.  The program includes courses from different disciplines that share a common environmental studies emphasis and use the six million acre Adirondack Park for applied learning, through regular Friday field trips.

Students and faculty dig in deep to understand people’s relationships with nature, integrating journal writing, projects, class discussion and hands on fieldwork.  The Adirondack Experience is open to all first-year students, and is particularly appropriate for those interested in Potsdam’s Environmental Studies major or minor. 

Limited to 20 students.

Adirondack Park Map
The Adirondack Park

The Adirondacks is a 6-million acre landscape in northern New York with a mixture of public lands and wilderness alongside rural communities, farms and managed forests.  The Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area in the lower 48 United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.  Nearly half of the Park  is“forever wild” Forest Preserve, which is public land belonging to all the people of New York State. Learn More about the Adirondack Park


Environmental Studies Program
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2044
Dr. Donald McNutt, Environmental Studies Adirondack Experience Coordinator