“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s
peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms
their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir


Educating for the Wild
by Ken Rimany, Partner


Dan Plumley, left, with Kim Hursh, center,
and her father Tom Hursh
©2010 Ken Rimany

Educating for the Wild is how we recruit greater numbers of aware, active wilderness supporters by appealing to and reaching their minds and hearts.

We do this through our knowledge of Adirondack wilderness history, communications, field work, dialogue and outreach efforts, formal training, and through use of photography, cultural arts, literature, conferences and partnerships. Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is engaged in education in order to safeguard and extend wild landscapes.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve works to ensure that the "Forever Wild" Forest Preserve in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks is known statewide, nationally and internationally as a model for true wilderness and wild land protection. Through our Adirondack Wild Stewardship Training, we work with college-level students and faculty to integrate understanding of our State’s wilderness into existing curricula, and show how current generations can apply that understanding to better safeguard and extend wild lands, and enhance their own lives and careers in the process.

We believe in mentors and mentoring because it is through such practices that we learn about our true potential as stewards of the earth, and because it can lead to “green,” wild economic enhancement and career development. We believe that the cultural arts present outstanding opportunities to incorporate appreciation and understanding of wild lands, and therefore promote singers and songwriters, photographers, painters, writers and craftspeople who can evoke human history and interdependence with the wild through their artistic work.

We stand up for and partner with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Forest Rangers and Foresters, and those working for the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers and other educational institutions. These are a cadre of professionals on the front lines of our wilderness who should be esteemed, and valued as wild communicators, naturalists, educators.

Adirondack Wild works to ensure that the Park experiences a rich diversity of use by peoples once underrepresented or undervalued in conservation, who can help spread an ethic of wild land understanding, love, lore and protection to people of all colors and backgrounds, and thus build statewide political support for wild places.

Over time, we seek Adirondack Wild "friends" to assist in the monitoring, education, and stewardship training of youth, private land owners, state workers and the public (resident and seasonal) in park protection measures benefiting all aspects of wild nature.

Scientific and policy research programs parkwide reach tens of thousands of participants each year, representing considerable financial investments. We believe that research findings about the Park and its biological diversity should be centralized and accessible, substantially aiding research and understanding of park trends.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve supports international environmental and cultural exchanges and partnership parks, which not only promote greater global understanding and awareness, but which cross pollinate and fertilize ideas for better ecological and wilderness stewardship. We support and promote exchange of wisdom with the Haudenosaunee Iroquois, whose history and wisdom as First Nations have protected the beaver hunting grounds ("Couch-Sa-Chra-Ga,”) and fostered more fully realized, globally renowned Adirondack Park.

Please join us in our important work to educate for the wild. Ultimately, that young person introduced to wild country, and encouraged to appreciate its many values and to take action on its behalf may be the most important legacy we ever leave.

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The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

Top left, Autumn © Ken Rimany; Maple Leaves and Lichen ©Ken Rimany

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
Home Office: 518.576.9277
David H. Gibson, Partner
Mobile: 518.469.4081
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve    Founded 1945   PO Box 9247 • Niskayuna New York 12309 | ©