Blue Mountain Lake, NY. – Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) has been offering school programs since 1976. The outreach has expanded exponentially since, now hosting off-and on-site programs free of charge to schools within the Adirondack Park.

2017 was a great year – Here’s what was accomplished:

  • Visited over 55 schools in 12 counties
  • Delivered 393 programs to classrooms
  • Drove 10,039 miles to reach students in the ADKS and beyond
  • 3,069 students and teachers enjoyed field trips to the museum
  • 8,046 students and teachers served in their classrooms
  • 11,100 + total students and teachers served

The goal was, and remains, to engage students and teachers, both local and on the fringes of the Park, in learning about the history and culture of the Adirondacks, ideally helping them form a personal relationship with the past, present, and future of the region. This is accomplished by offering immersive, thematic, and curriculum-based programs in the classroom and on the museum campus.

An Evolving Curriculum

As educational goals and techniques have evolved, ADKX staff have adjusted programs to meet teacher and student needs. Programs are continually updated and differentiated by grade level, based on NYS Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

While programs always have centered on the student, ADKX has recently expanded opportunities for students to experience purposeful, self-driven discovery even further. Exploration is encouraged through fun group activities focused on artifacts and the museum’s rich collection of primary source materials.

Charrette

ADKX staff members organized and hosted an Education charrette on August 18thand 19th with participants drawn from as far as the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul; Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, Indiana;  The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, Syracuse; the New York State Museum, Albany; and the Smithsonian Institution. Several local teachers participated in a panel discussion to inform museum guests about the ADKX enrichment programs their students have taken part in.

Working from the recommendations of charrette participants, the ADKX education team is looking forward to having an impact on more students through digital media as well as enhanced in-person programs. By bringing elements of the Adirondacks into classrooms, new interests and appreciation for the area is being ignited in students who will become the future stewards of the region.

About Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Discover the Adirondack story that speaks to you through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections. The ADKX campus provides you a dynamic opportunity to immerse yourself in the relationship we have fostered with this unique wilderness environment. ADKX offers a broad range of programs and activities including special and permanent exhibitions, interactions with artisans-in-residence, workshops, lectures, nature tours, boating instruction, family programs, and signature events like the Rustic Furniture Fair and Antiques Show and Sale. ADKX is funded in part with donations from the public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.