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Region Five Nature Centers

Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Saratoga and Washington Counties

From the Saratoga battlegrounds north into the Adirondack Mountains, Region Five provides some of New York's most beautiful areas in which to explore nature and New York history.

DEC encourages visitors to call ahead to confirm directions, hours of operation and user fee information.

Note: By clicking on the links for these environmental centers, you will go off DEC's website.

Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center at Newcomb

5922 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
518-582-2000
Adirondack Park Visitor Center at Newcomb

Essex County

Program description: Public programs, events, speaker series, courses, customized educational programs and other activities, lectures and exhibits year round. Educational and recreational trail walks, 3.6 miles of interpreted trails with scenic overlooks, great for walking in the summer and snowshoeing/skiing in the winter.

Hours: Fall and winter hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Spring and summer hours: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM every day.

Fees: Free admission, some programs require nominal fees.

Buildings: Main building, picnic area, classroom. Restrooms available.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Visitor focus: General public, school groups, educational seminars

Picnic area: Outdoor picnic tables.

Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths

PO Box 3000
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
518-327-3000
Fax: 518-327-3052
Adirondack Park Visitor Center at Paul Smiths

Franklin County

Program description: Educational and recreational trail walks, festivals, and exhibits year round. Three slide shows, Reading Room, 100-seat theater, front desk Adirondack information center. Wildlife viewing stations. Native Species Butterfly House. Seven miles of interpreted trails, great for walking in the summer and skiing/snowshoeing in the winter. Kids programs, lectures, more.

Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM year-round, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Additional evening programs in July and August.

Fees: Free admission, some programs require nominal fees.

Buildings: Main building, two covered pavilions, Butterfly House. Restrooms available.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Visitor focus: General public, school groups, educational seminars

Picnic area: Covered pavilions/cooking area available.

Pember Museum and Hebron Nature Preserve

Museum: 33 West Main St
Granville NY 12832
Preserve: Route 22 Hebron, NY 12832
518-642-1515
Fax: 518-642-3097
Pember Museum Website

Washington County

Program Description: School and groups guided nature hikes on 3 miles of trails through 126 acres of woodlands, wetlands and fields. Observation deck on West Trail overlooks the marsh -abundant wildlife including otters, beavers, herons, geese, ducks, deer, bear, foxes, coyotes. Natural History Museum programs center on museum collections - wildlife from around the world including birds, mammals, sea life, rocks, minerals, eggs and plant collection. Programs by appointment.

Hours: Museum Tues. - Fri. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM -3:00 PM // Nature Preserve daily dawn to dusk

Fees:Program fee - $4 per student, chaperones free; General admission - Nature preserve and museum FREE

Buildings: One room schoolhouse nature center, Museum and library building in village of Granville

Wheelchair Access: Preserve, yes; Museum, no

Visitor Focus: General public, school groups, educational programs

Picnic Area: Picnic table

Point au Roche State Park Nature Center

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
19 Camp Red Cloud Rd
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
518-563-6444
Fax: 518-563-8859
Friends of Point au Roche State Park Website
Point au Roche State Park Nature Center Website

Clinton County

Program Description: Summer recreation programs are offered June through August. There are also fall and spring nature walks for groups and school, and in-school programs are offered in the winter.

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, generally with possible changes due to staff availability

Fees: None

Buildings: Interpretive center

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public, groups

Picnic Area: Not at the center, there is one accessible through the adjacent park, but there is a day use fee for the park

Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center and
1812 Homestead Education Foundation

112 Reber Road North
Wilsboro, NY 12996
518-963-7967 (Pok-O-MacCready)
518-963-4071 (1812 Homestead)
Pok-O-MacCready Education Center Website

Essex County

Program Description: Located in Essex County four miles from Lake Champlain, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center's 300 acres include 20 miles of cross-country ski trails, a Project Adventure course, sensory and nature trails, a tubing run, hiking trails, and waterfront facilities as well as winterized facilities. The affiliated 1812 Homestead includes a one-room schoolhouse, animals, and period farm buildings. The program emphasizes Native American (Iroquois and Algonquin) and pioneer cultural history. Wilderness canoeing and backpacking trips are offered throughout the year. Rock climbing tower on property, and guided rock climbing trips offered. Environmental studies classes in geology, forest, and pond studies are also given.

Hours: Guided program: September through mid-June

Fees: Yes. Call for information.

Buildings: Several camp buildings.

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Saratoga National Historic Park and Battlefield

National Park Service
648 Route 32
Stillwater, NY 12170
518-664-9821
Fax: 518-664-9830
Saratoga National Historic Park Website

Saratoga County

Program Description: Park facilities include three separate areas, the Visitor Center with an orientation film and museum exhibits, a 10-mile tour road in Stillwater, the Philip Schuyler House eight miles north in Schuylerville, and Saratoga Monument in the nearby village of Victory. The information below is for the battlefield property. Please visit the website address above or call for programming information about the other sites.

Hours: Visitor Center: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM year-round, except Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving // 10-mile road open April - November for touring site.

Fees: Yes. Call for information.

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: Visitor center and tour road.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

PO Box 1453
Bolton Landing, NY 12814
518-644-9767
Fax: 518-644-3824
Up Yonda Farm Website

Warren County

Program Description: Up Yonda Farm has 73 acres with a spectacular view overlooking Lake George. Public nature programs on a variety of topics are presented year round. The museum features natural history exhibits, with a diorama of Adirondack mammals and birds. Watch for wildlife along our trail system. There are perennial gardens, including a butterfly enclosure. Programs for schools and groups are available by reservation. Up Yonda Farm is operated by Warren County Parks and Recreation.

Hours: Open daily except Sundays: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM year-round

Fees: Most programs: $4 per person, $5 per person during July and August (some higher- current range: $4-$12) // Parking: $4 per car, $5 during July and August

Buildings: Auditorium, Museum, Maple Sugar House, Restrooms

Wheelchair Access: Yes, all public buildings and exhibits, some trails

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public, Scouts, Camps, and Community Groups

Picnic Area: Yes, with covered shelter

The Wild Center

45 Museum Dr
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
518-359-7800
Fax: 518-359-3253
Wild Center Website

Franklin County

Program Description: The Wild Center has live exhibits. You can hike and explore the Museum's 31-acre campus with naturalist guides or on your own. There are theaters with high definition films, plenty of hands-on nature, and hundreds of live animals from rare native trout, to river otters, to turtles the size of walnuts and many other often hard-to-see residents of the woods and waters.

Hours: Labor Day - October: Daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM // Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM // November - Memorial Day: Fri. - Sun.: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fees: Adult Ticket $15 (15 - 64), Youth Ticket $9 (4 - 14), Senior Ticket $13 (65 +), Age 3 and under free, Current members free

Buildings: 34,000 square feet of world class exhibits with a theater, Great Hall and Café.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public, Scouts, Camps, and Community Groups

Picnic Area: Yes