Education Archive


Jul 1, 2019

Jeanna Matthews

Donations to local libraries and other educational sponsorship projects

We have been working on ways to use our education sponsorship funds to touch as many community members as possible, and especially local children who might not otherwise be introduced to the Adirondacks. Here is a picture of a “Let’s Go…Hiking” backpack our chapter sponsored. The backpack includes the book “Kids on the Trail: Hiking With Children in the Adirondacks” written by chapter members, Rose Rivezzi and David Trithart, a compass, head lamp, whistle, maps and a New York Empire Park Pass. The idea came Renee Bennett-Kapusniak, Youth Services Librarian at Saratoga Springs Public Library who tells us that the backpack we sponsored was first in a series that now includes another Hiking backpack sponsored by the Glens Falls Saratoga chapter of the ADK, a New York State Park backpack and a Discover Nature backpack.

We are also donating a bear barrel to the Potsdam Public Library. At over $70, a bear barrel can be expensive investment for those new to camping. Checking one out of the library is a great way to be safe without the upfront investment. Librarian Annie Chase says that the bear barrel will be a “great complement to our North Country Collection”.

If you would like to see a similar donation to your local library and especially if you would be willing to pair the donation with a show-and-tell event highlighting the trips and events of our Laurentian ADK chapter, please reach out to me at

We are always on the look-out for projects worthy of some of our educational sponsorship resources. Other ideas include children interested in attending Camp Colby who otherwise would not have the resources to go, teens interested in participating in trail maintenance projects or teachers interested in taking their classes to experience the Adirondacks.