School & Youth Programs

Register today! Call 518.352.7311 ext. 116 or 115, or email

Plan your visit:

Educator-led programs are available year round in your classroom and at the museum. Self-guided tours are available during our open season mid-May to mid-October.

Educator-led classes:

  • Please register at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Maximum class size: 25 students
  • Program length: approximately 2 hours
  • One chaperone is required for every eight students
  • Pre-visit materials are provided electronically
  • Assembly-style presentations are also available for visits at your school

Self-guided tours:

Explore the museum at your own pace. Self-guided tours provide the opportunity to see all the museum has to offer, including indoor and outdoor interactive stations and our popular one-room schoolhouse.

  • Can accommodate a group of any size
  • Divide into small groups to tour the museum, 8 – 10 people per group
  • One chaperone is required for every eight students
  • A great choice for groups with limited time


Please call for program fees and to inquire about scholarship funding for transportation.

FREE for students in Adirondack Park counties. ALL of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.

Program descriptions:

All programs are available at the museum. Select programs are available through outreach to your school.

Are We There Yet? Transportation in the Adirondacks – Best for: K - 4

Investigate the types of transport used to get from here to there – stagecoaches, steamboats, railroads and early automobiles. Students compare 19th century travel to today, and research a theoretical Adirondack journey using historic maps, timetables, photos and entertaining props.

Lumberjack Life: Work in the Woods – Customized for: 3 -12

Realize the history, perils and excitement of Adirondack logging. Once the number-one industry in the region, lumbering required manpower, horse power and simple tools. Students review the seasons of the lumberjack, hear tall tales and try traditional tools used in the woods.

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Adventures in the Wilderness – Customized for: K- 12

The Adirondack guide of yesteryear was woods-wise and independent; a skilled hunter, fisherman and cook; and a shrewd judge of character. Students explore the life, skills and work of these intrepid characters and compare the 19th century woodsman to today’s guides.

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HERE in the Adirondacks: Ecosystems – Customized for: 3 -12

An investigation into Humans, Ecology, and Resource Education (HERE), this class introduces students to the interdependent relationships between plants, animals and humans. Students participate in an outdoor activity, The Web of Life, where they demonstrate the interactions between a variety of living and non-living things.

Get Your Bearings: Surveying the Adirondacks – Customized for: 3 -12

Inspired by the work of Verplanck Colvin, students study maps, test a transit and apply their math skills triangulating their position. The class culminates with the assembly of a replica of Colvin’s signaling device, the Stan-Helio.

Reading History – Customized for: 3 -12

Diaries, letters, maps and more! The museum’s collection includes a multitude of primary source materials for students to read and examine. Students will use the information obtained to critique, debate, and interpret a variety of intriguing topics.

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Wilderness Cure – Customized for: 5 -12

Discover the work of Dr. Edward L. Trudeau and the health care industry in Saranac Lake. Historic photographs, a cure chair, fur coats, and foot warmers help students envision "taking the cure" when tuberculosis was a national epidemic. Students will draw parallels between health care then and now.

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Adirondack Advocates – Best for: 6 -12

Native, visitor, guide, sport, business owner, logger, environmentalist - the protection of New York State’s Adirondack Park has been important to a wide variety of people from the 1850s to today. After researching and analyzing historical data and contemporary issues students participate in a debate, supporting a point of view with facts and recommending a viable solution.

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Our Natural Neighbors – Best for: K- 3

Fur Traders and Bounty Hunters – Customized for: 4 -12

Who shares these woods and waters with us? Using pelts, bones or tracks, students identify a variety of Adirondack mammals and develop an understanding of how humans and animals interact. Upper grades examine hunting traditions and conservation laws through documents and first person accounts.

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Helping Hands: Chores around the Home – Best For: K-2

Gadgets and Gizmos from the Peddler’s Wagon – Best for: 3-5

Clothes wringers, raisin seeders, and hand crank butter churns - considered novelties today, these were once common goods sold door to door. Students will try their hand at some simple machines, compare and contrast chores of yesterday to those of today and relate to the role of immigrants making a living as traveling salesmen.

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