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One semester. Six million acres. Education. Community. Stewardship. This is the Adirondack Program.

This semester-long, place-based immersion in the Adirondack Park combines academic study with fieldwork and internships. Coordinated as a living-learning community engaged with local organizations and utilizing cooperative/communal structures in wilderness contexts, this program provides students with unparalled opportunities to focus on local environmental issues and their global implications.

Adirondack Program 2016

Calling All Majors

We seek students from all areas of concentration to investigate how the Adirondacks have become — and will continue to be — a timely global exemplar for balancing the complex mix of natural and human environments. Come study the confluence of ecological, geological, political, economic, and cultural issues, etc. that consistently redefine this region and situate it at the cusp of developing strategies for best practices in stewardship and sustainability.

Bill Pfitsch

Fall 2017: Explore the Forest Ecology

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure and composition of Adirondack forests from Associate Professor of Biology and Faculty-in-Residence Bill Pfitsch.

Adirondack Program

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Experts on the Adirondack Park — with local, state, national, and international reputations — share their perspectives on life, work and recreation in the region.

Taryn Ruf '17

Experiential Learning

Mentored by established resident experts through formal internships and field-based research, students contribute directly to current projects in the Adirondack Park while gaining invaluable professional experience.

Contact Information


Dr. Janelle A. Schwartz

General Director

A Student For Life


This program allows me to use my Hamilton education in the most comprehensive way to date. In demanding of my environment the most learning possible, I've dug into the Adirondacks, my internship at North Country Public Radio, and my college courses, tangibly.  This place-based learning assures me that I'll be the lifelong student I set out to become.

Julia Ferguson '16

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