Celebrate the second Adirondack Water Week on August 22nd - 28th, 2021. The weeklong regional event is a collaborative celebration of our freshwater resources and our precious watersheds. It is meant to raise awareness of water-related issues, recognize the value of water to our region's economy and environment, and highlight ways that people can protect our waterways.
We are promoting several events and programs this year hosted by partners across the Adirondacks. Check back regularly for updates on this page.
Your organization, business or community can promote events, activities, or other programs here or by tagging #adkwaterweek on social media posts during Water Week.
JUNIOR WATERSHED STEWARDS
Starts Sunday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 28th. Online and at your local boat launch.
Kids can learn about their local waterways and interact with a Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute steward to see how your lakes are protected against harmful invasive plants and animals. The program runs the entire week and requires approximately 2 hours to prepare for and visit a local boat launch. The program is free but please register in advance. Appropriate for kids ages 7+. REGISTER HERE
WATERSHED WALK: MIRROR LAKE WATERSHED
Starts Sunday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 28th. Starts at the Innovation Hub of Northwood School, Main Street, Lake Placid, NY.
Celebrate Water Week with an experiential exploration of the Mirror Lake watershed. All you need is appropriate walking shoes, a phone with a camera and with connection to internet/cellular, and sense of adventure. You will explore some of the important watershed features found in the Village of Lake Placid and around Mirror Lake and learn how watersheds function and are protected. We encourage you to post your photos on social media using #adkwaterweek. The program is available all week during Water Week. A map of the walk can be found here (must be opened in a Chrome browser) and at the HUB. The program is free and family friendly.
INTERACTIVE WATER WEEK ACTIVITIES AT THE INNOVATION HUB AT NORTHWOOD SCHOOL
Starts Sunday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 28th. 2495 Main Street, Lake Placid.
Kids and adults of all ages can ages can learn about their connection to their watershed. Drop in the Innovation Hub in Lake Placid between 11am and 2pm daily for interactive games and an opportunity to speak with watershed experts.
Educational programs are scheduled for Sunday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 28th starting at 11am. All activities are free and drop in.
The Incredible Journey is an interactive game where kids roll a die and simulate the movement of water within the water cycle. Kids will document their journey by creating a bracelet made out of beads.
Build and Explore a 3-D Watershed helps kids and adults learn about their local watershed, how pollution collects in our rivers and lakes, and ways to protect water quality.
INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION CERTIFICATION & TRAINING PROGRAM
Starts Sunday, August 22nd through Thursday, September 2nd. Online.
Earn a Certificate in Invasive Species Spread Prevention from Paul Smith's College and help protect clean water. Self-guided, on-line training modules can be completed at your own pace over the course of 10 days during Water Week: August 23-September 2. The program includes quizzes, discussion boards, and a concluding live interactive webinar. The courses are free but please register in advance. REGISTER HERE
WORLD WATER WEEK 2021: BUILDING RESILIENCE FASTER
August 23rd-27th, ONLINE
Join this international online event to learn about global water issues. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the event brings together researchers, NGO's, students, businesses, decision makers and other interested stakeholders from around the world to explore solutions to some or our most pressing water issues such as food security and health, agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and the climate crisis. REGISTER ONLINE
LOON PADDLE ON LOWER ST. REGIS LAKE
Monday, August 23rd, 9am – 1 pm, Paul Smiths, NY
Join the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and the Paul Smith's College Visitor's Interpretive Center for an informative paddle on the St. Regis River and into Lower St. Regis Lake, visiting with, and learning about the St. Regis loons along the way. Field trip will launch from the Black Pond trail head on Keese Mill Road near Paul Smith's College campus.
Boats, paddles and PFDs are available if needed for an additional fee. Cost: $30/Child, $45/Adult 18+ Canoe and gear is an additional $25 each. Boats can include up to 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult per two children. REGISTER HERE
SEARCHING FOR SALAMANDERS
Tuesday, August 24th, Paul Smith's College Visitor's Interpretive Center.
Get ready to get your hands dirty as we sleuth through the woods in search of our slimy friends! Participants will learn about the diversity and role of native salamanders as we explore their habitat. Program offered on two different dates. Small fee required. REGISTER HERE
ADIRONDACK LOON OBSERVATION PADDLE
Wednesday, August 25, 10am - 2pm. Inlet, NY
To celebrate Water Week, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation would like to invite the public to participate in a loon observation paddle on Seventh Lake in Inlet, NY. Attendees must pre-register and can do so through their website: https://www.adkloon.org/field-trips
DOLLARS AND SMILES
Wednesday, August 25th at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
Join Brian Greene, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, for a presentation about how invasive species impact the economy and quality of life in the Adirondacks. The impacts of invasive species ripple out beyond our watersheds and impact local economies and quality of life. Join this talk to learn how invasive species influence property values, recreation, and water quality. REGISTER HERE
THURDAY NIGHT KAYAK TOUR IN THE TRI-LAKES REGION
Thursday, August 26th 6:30-8-ish pm.
Join Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters on Thursday, August 26 to for its weekly guided kayak tour on a favorite local waterway in the Saranac Lake/Lake Placid area. Trips leave ALTO shop in Saranac Lake. Book online or call with questions 518-891-7450. $50 per person.
WATERSHED STEWARD 5-YEAR+ SERVICE AWARDS
Thursday, August 26th, 7-8pm. Online.
Join AWI as we recognize our Watershed Stewards who have lent their talent and dedication to aquatic invasive species spread prevention for 5 years or longer. This inaugural event honors the hard work of our seasonal staff. Join us for this virtual celebration to show our appreciation for our team. The event is open to the public. REGISTER HERE
FLOATING CLASSROOM ON LAKE PLACID: WATERSHIELD WORKSHOP
Friday, August 27th: 9-11:30am; 12-2:30pm. Lake Placid Boat Launch
Join scientists from the Adirondack Watershed Institute for a boat tour of Lake Placid to learn about the natural history and current state of the lake. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and participate in water quality data collection. The workshop will wrap up with a discussion of the management of Lake Placid. Be prepared to spend up to two and a half hours on the water. The event is free but registration is required. REGISTER HERE
WATER QUALITY CONFERENCE
Friday, August 27th. Redwood Hill Preserve Trailside Learning Center. Redwood, NY.
Join the Indian River Lakes Conservancy for its fourth annual Water Quality Conference which focuses on water quality issues and land use practices in the Indian River watershed. It will be held in the beautiful Redwood Hill Preserve overlooking Butterfield Lake near Alexandria Bay. REGISTRATION is required, lunch is included in the cost of your ticket.
WOOL AND WATER: EXPLORE SCIENCE AND ART
On display all week and artist on hand Friday, August 27th from 5- 7pm. Paul Smith's College Visitor's Interpretive Center.
AWI Director of Science and fiber artist, Michale Glennon, introduces a unique project that blends fiber art with scientific data to create visual representations of changing water quality conditions in the Adirondacks. You will learn about opportunities to get involved in this unique place-based science-art project. Michale's creations will be on display during Water Week at the VIC and will include access to a recorded video explaining the project. Michale will be on hand to discuss and answer questions on Friday, August 27 during an Art Reception for Larry Master. Free and no registration is required.
BOQUET RIVER NATURE PRESERVE RIVER CLEAN-UP & INVASIVES PULL, hosted by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP)
Saturday, August 28th, 10am-2pm. Willsboro, NY
Join APIPP for a fun, hands-on stewardship day at the Boquet River Nature Preserve in the heart of downtown Willsboro, NY. Our team will lead volunteers to remove invasive species and remove litter impacting flood plain forests as part of Adirondack Water Week 2021. The Nature Conservancy's Bouquet Preserve includes 110acres of floodplain and upland forest, and more than a half-mile of shoreline on the lower Boquet River before it meets Lake Champlain.
Event is free but please REGISTER ahead of time or arrive before 10am to sign in. Details can be found on the event page.
Contact Zoë Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on posting on Water Week program page or to learn about other ideas to participate.