LaBastille Day

July 10, 2017 | 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

A day-long event celebrating the life and legacy of Anne LaBastille.

Anne LaBastille

Special Presentations

Anne LaBastille: Woodswoman, Ecologist, Author, Friend.

11:00am and 1:00pm | Auditorium

Leslie Surprenant
Learn much more about the life of “Woodswoman” Anne LaBastille and the enduring legacy of conservation, education and literature she leaves for future generations. An inspiring role model for many, Anne LaBastille broke trail for women in conservation, courageously advocated for the environment and wrote award-winning books including the Woodswoman series, Jaguar Totem, and Women and Wilderness; over 150 popular articles and 25 scientific articles. First to research the flightless Giant Grebe of Guatemala, she spearheaded Guatemala’s first wildlife preserve. Her pioneering work in wildlife ecology in the United States and Latin America earned international recognition and awards including the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for Conservation, the Explorers Club Citation of Merit, and Society of Women Geographers Gold Medal. This biographical tribute by long-time friend Leslie Surprenant includes a slide show with many unpublished photos taken throughout Anne’s life and a selection of Anne’s personal belongings and books for viewing.

Conserving Anne’s Cabin

12:15pm | Auditorium
Doreen Alessi, Adirondack Experience Conservator & Collections Manager

Anne’s Writing Legacy

2pm | Auditorium
Nathalie Thill
Learn about the Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency program at the Adirondack Center for Writing. Nathalie Thill, ACW Executive Director, introduces the program and its impact on the writers in residence.

Dr. Anne LaBastille’s Lifelong Relationship with the Cornell Department of Natural Resources.

3:15pm | Auditorium
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Cornell Univerity
Dr. Sullivan will speak on Anne LaBastille’s contributions to the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University as well as some of the research projects funded by the Woodswoman Scholarship.

Monday Evening Lecture

The Life & Legacy of Anne LaBastille

7:30pm | Auditorium
Leslie Surprenant, Executrix of the LaBastille Estate
The Legacy of Anne LaBastille: Perspectives on a Scientist, Writer, and Environmental Advocate. What is Anne LaBastille’s lasting legacy? Leslie shares excerpts from Anne’s writings. Panelists from organizations across the Adirondacks share the impact Anne had on the region and discuss their thoughts on her legacy. Panelists include Leslie Surprenant, Laura Rice (Chief Curator at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake), and more. A dialogue will be opened to audience members who would like to share their views on Anne’s most lasting legacy.

On-going Activities

Woman in Science

10am – 4:00pm
Anne was one of the first women to study Natural Resources and Wildlife Ecology at Cornell University. Today women are working in multiple fields of science throughout the Adirondacks. Meet and talk to scientists working in the field and teaching in the Adirondacks. Stop by and ask about their education, work, and passion for science and the Adirondacks. Meet scientists from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Watershed Institute, Paul Smiths College, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Newcomb Campus, Adirondack Center for Loons, Darren Freshwater Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society.

Environmental Education Organization Information Booths

10am – 4:00pm
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

General Information Booths

10am – 4:00pm
New York State Outdoor Guides Association
Adirondack Connections, canoe camping site set up

Visit the Cabin

10am – 7:30pm
Visit Anne’s Cabin in “Life in the Adirondacks”

Write On

10am – 7:30pm
Share how Anne’s writing affected you or tell your Adirondack story.

Build a Cabin

10am – 6pm
Deborah Naylor, Paul Smiths College and Adirondack Experience staff
Visitors can work together to assemble a scale sized log cabin.

Bring Your Dog to the Museum

10am – 7:00pm
Anne loved her German Shepherds. Today, you can bring your dog to the museum and enjoy presentations and exploring the grounds.
Doggy Day Care available for your visits to exhibitions and café.
Doggy Day Care available from 11am – 7pm

Very Important Members Tent

Relax in the shade of the Very Important Member Tent, where members enjoy comfortable seating, and complimentary beverages and snacks. We’ll have some of Anne’s favorite treats to sample – she had interesting taste, of course!

Documerica Flipbook

Look through a selection of photographs taken by Anne LaBastille as part of the Documerica project.


Anne LaBastille, Snowshoes, and Dog

Anne LaBastille with dogs and typewriter

Anne LaBastille on front porch

Anne LaBastille at lake shore

Anne LaBastille checking map

Anne LaBastille boat and swimmers