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Adirondack Mountain Club

Summer Naturalist Intern

May - August 2018 • Lake Placid, NY

What I liked

Beautiful community, and I got to learn so much about nature, climate change, and built skills providing confident educational programs to a wide diversity of guests. I lived in a tent all summer, at the base of the most popular trailhead in New York State! It was beautiful. I learned so much, and grew so much as a person :) I can't urge enough, this internship is truly geared for people who deeply care about nature, the environment, and the outdoors!!! There were a wide variety of activities I got to partake in, such as creating exhibits for our nature museum, leading naturalist walks, giving guided hikes, acting as a summit host on Mt. Jo, giving 45 minute presentations, hosting camp fires, doing night hikes, and so much more. It's really just one of the best summer jobs you'll ever have.

What I wish was different

Nothing! It was a wonderful experience :) Some days were more busy than others, and sometimes I wish my naturalist walks ended up running more (educational program happens, only if people show up to attend it)! But if a walk didn't end up running, there were other projects we could help work on around ADK, or we could do research to better prepare our other educational materials!

Advice

Apply to ADK! It will be a summer that you will never forget. You will learn so much, will be in such a beautiful place, and will be working with the coolest, funniest , friendliest human beings ever :) Make the most out of it, and make educational programs that you know you would love attending / being a part of! That includes putting lots of time into researching, and prepping for them! :)
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