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Eisenhart Auditorium
Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

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Our monthly meetings are open to the public

Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Non-members are cordially invited to attend.

Our meetings are educational and entertaining. You will hear about future activities and have the opportunity to talk to active members (they are friendly) and ask questions about the club. The meetings are free to all. Come check us out.  

Meeting cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced here on our website (, on our information line (585-987-1717), on, and on WHAM 1180 AM radio.

For more club information please call the information line at: (585) 987-1717.

ASL Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter is available upon request for the deaf and HOH at this month's meeting. Please contact The request must be received one week before the Chapter Meeting.

Upcoming Meetings 

November 2015

ADK's Summit Stewards

presented by 

ADK's Education Director, Julia Goren

7:30PM – Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center


Ever wondered what it would be like to spend your days atop Mt. Marcy or Algonquin? Ever wanted to know just what it is that Summit Stewards do up on those summits and why? Over 10,000 years ago, the glaciers overlying the Adirondacks receded, leaving an alpine tundra like those found in Alaska or the arctic. Today, this ecosystem is found on only 16 peaks and harbors some of New York's rarest plants. These rare plants can withstand blasting winds, bitter cold, and acidic soils, but are threatened by ever-increasing numbers of hiker feet. It takes a certain kind of person to spend time up on these same windy, cold, wet, and often busy summits to try to protect the miniature plants found up there. Fortunately, ADK has just the right people for the job - the Summit Stewards!

The Adirondack High Peaks Summit Steward Program is dedicated to protecting New York State's alpine ecosystem through education, trail work, and research. It is a 26-year successful partnership of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Summit Stewards conduct research, build scree walls and cairns, take photographs, answer questions, and remind people to walk on the rocks, rather than the plants. Join ADK's Education Director, Julia Goren, for an evening of photos and stories from New York State's tallest offices. Champion: Carol Thiel

Looking back to recent chapter meetings

October 14, 2015

The Ongoing Civil War

7:30PM – Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center


Charles Sparnecht leads fascinating courses about the Civil War at RIT’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. I enjoyed his course so much that I asked Chuck to present a program for us — and he accepted my challenge of relating the Civil War to the ADK’s mission! He is very entertaining and I am excited about having him join us this month!
Current environmental and social issues — hydrofracking, carbon emissions, oil transport … to scratch an iceberg — often hearken back to a debate over states’ rights vs. national sovereignty, individual rights vs. the welfare of all, and questions on how to treat our fellow humans. It also reflects who we are and how we see ourselves — as people and as a society.

Perhaps no period in United States history has had such a profound impact on who we are — and how we recognize our land and people — than the Civil War. At our October chapter presentation, we’ll explore the Civil War era and its lasting impacts on our society.

The Civil War, which began in 1861, involved virtually all of America’s population. Towns and counties formed their own regiments such as Monroe County’s own 140th New York regiment. The conflict impacted not only the many men and as many as 200 women who saw combat, but also led to various forms of depravation for its civilian population.

It would seem that the loss of some 700,000 souls plus the destruction done to the material wealth of the nation would have resolved the issues that led to war. That has hardly been case, which may be a large part of the fascination held by many for the Civil War.

Immediately after the war ended, memories and perceptions came to the fore throughout the United States. In the South was a need to reconcile their loss with the sectional pride. The North began to memorialize the conflict as the victors.

This presentation will exhibit some of the ways that post bedlam attitudes emerged. Battlefield monuments, mostly from Gettysburg, forms of art, ways of remembering the war, and associations such as the Daughters of the Confederacy will be viewed and discussed.

Maybe we will be able to predict when the Civil War might end!      Champion: Nancy Donny

September 9, 2015 Meeting

The topic for the chapter’s program for September is the magnificent Colorado Trail. Bill Cooke will present information about the trail followed by a 25-minute slide show with music showing photos from his 2011 thru-hike, and answer your questions. 

Bill will also have copies of his book narrating the hike — “Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color: A Thru-Hike of the Colorado Trail” — available for your perusal and purchase.

The 486-mile Colorado Trail wends its way through the Rocky Mountains of the Centennial State, traversing a landscape as changing and diverse as the swirling afternoon clouds presaging the daily summer thunderstorms. In this program, you’ll hear of the challenges such as the struggle of acclimating to high elevations, of hiking long and steep ascents, of coping with a wide range of climatic conditions from freezing cold mornings, to hot baking afternoons, to near daily thunderstorms, to long stretches of limited water. 

You’ll see the rewards and triumphs as Bill and his hiking companion Keith “Northern Harrier” Bance savor the alpine meadows whose wildflowers cover every range of the spectrum, bewitching groves of aspen trees resplendent with the morning glow of the sun, the glistening of snowy peaks, stately conifers including the massive Douglas firs, high mountain passes, dry foothills, sparkling mountain streams, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets where both the skies and the rocks shine like beacons from the low sun alpenglow, and much more.

You need not be an experienced hiker to enjoy this program as Bill explains much of the terminology and peculiar habits of long-distance backpackers such that even those whose experience is confined to short strolls in the park will sense the challenges and the rewards of a trek in the Rocky Mountains.

March 11, 2015

The videos of the March ADK meeting (3/11/2015) are available at the links below.

Workshop- March 11, 2015

Business Mtg-March 11, 2015

Main Presentation-March 11, 2015

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