2024 Nature Walks with Ed Kanze

The Adirondack Guide is the one of the oldest and most storied professions in the region. Guides have long navigated visitors through backwoods trails in hot pursuit of big game, steered boats through raging rapids and meandering streams, and shepherded hikers to the pinnacles of the highest peaks.

At the Adirondack Experience, we are happy to carry on this long-standing tradition with our program, Nature Walks with Ed Kanze. A self-identified “a-little-bit-of-everything-ologist”, Ed is a naturalist, author, and Adirondack Guide. He is a former National Park Ranger, worked at Acadia National Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as Curator of the Trailside Nature Museum in Cross River, New York, taught field ecology for the National Audubon Society, and was senior naturalist at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York. Ed has deep roots in the Adirondacks. His great-great-great-great grandparents carved a farm out of the woods along the Sacandaga River, c. 1795.

Nature walks with Ed include identifying local flora, fauna, and animal tracks. You may be lucky enough to catch a wildlife sighting, and Ed is sure to regale the group with a good story or two. This summer you can explore the route of the old Marion River Railroad, take in the magnificent views atop the Buck Mountain Firetower, join us along the Northville-Placid Trail, and explore many more trails throughout the central Adirondacks.

Join naturalist Ed Kanze for afternoon walks around the region. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area while taking in the beautiful vistas.

Reservations required! You must register for each hike you would like to participate in. You will receive a confirmation email with directions and more information once you register.

Cost: $3 for ADKX Members; $5 for general public.

For more information about each hike please visit the individual event pages.

Upcoming Nature Hikes with Ed Kanze

Nature Walks with Ed Kanze - Northville-Placid Trail: Wakely Pond

July 11 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

July 11: Northville-Placid Trail: Wakely Pond   To celebrate the centennial of the Northville-Placid Trail, ADKX is collaborating...

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Nature Walks with Ed Kanze: Marion River Carry

July 18 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

July 18: Marion River Carry The kind permission of a private landowner will allow us to explore some of the route of the...

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Nature Walks with Ed Kanze: Buck Mountain Fire Tower

July 25 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

July 25: Buck Mountain Fire Tower This rigorous hike will bring us to the newly opened fire tower on Buck Mountain, near...

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Nature Walks with Ed Kanze: Mt. Arab

August 1 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

August 1: Mt. Arab This hike will involve climbing, with a 750 feet elevation gain. Our destination is a beautiful mountain...

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