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Program #14872RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Sagamore's elevation is 1900 feet. Trails in the surrounding area may rise to 2100 feet.

Equipment Requirements
A good pair of binoculars is recommended. You may also want your camera. A notebook and pencil are useful.

Itinerary for Sep 14 — Sep 18, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 14 - Welcome/ Introduction to the Vanderbilt Great Cam...
Arrive To: Check in is between 4P and 6P.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6P in the Dining Hall. You will select from an ample buffet. After dinner we will meet for introductions, schedule review, orientation, and a brief 14-minute presentation on Sagamore's history, programs, and preservation. Then you will relax and retire.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 15 - Lecture on Kestrals / Nesting Box Project
Note: 1 Field Trip, 2 Lectures

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 in the Sagamore Dining Hall, with beautiful views of Sagamore Lake.

Morning: BIRDING: Today, we will focus on Kestrals, the smallest of the North American falcons. In 2002, course instructor Mark Mansky, initiated a nest box study of kestrals in northern New York State. The purpose of the study was to increase the local breeding kestrel population in the area, educate the public on the importance of raptors and the plight of the kestrels, and act as an environmental monitor. The study attempted to maintain at least 130 nest boxes each season throughout the study area. Chicks and adults were hand grabbed from the boxes or captured with bal chatris and were then banded, aged, sexed, and their health was assessed. During the study, the breeding population of kestrels has increased from 51 to 297 kestrels on the study area. Mark will share a presentation on this project.

Lunch: Lunch at noon in the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: PROJECT: Given that a major threat to Kestrals over the last few decades has a sharp decrease in suitable nesting habitat, largely due to a lack of nesting cavities and the loss of family farmland, we will spend this afternoon in Sagamore's historical Carpenter Shop, building Kestral next boxes. These can either be donated to the American Kestral Nestbox Project, or taken home for your own neighborhood Kestrals!

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 in the Dining Hall.

Evening: BIRDING LECTURE: After dinner we will have a lecture on loons, arguably the most interesting of all water birds. Gary Lee, Sagamore's instructor for this course, is a retired NYS Ranger, and one of the founders of the Adirondack Loon Project, a park-wide initiative to inventory, protect and advocate for the regions common loon. After the lecture you will relax with options already mentioned or a period movie, or one of the special DVDs on the Adirondacks. Your group may also elect to meet around one of the fireplaces for an evening "camp" fire.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 16 - Lecture on Saw-whet Owls / Tour of Sagmaore / Net...
Lecture on Saw-whet Owls / Tour of Sagmaore / Netting Banding Activity.

Note: 1 Field Trip, 3 Lectures

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Sagamore Dining Hall

Morning: Today we'll be examining the Northern Saw-whet Owl. In October of 2011, Adirondack Raptors established a banding station for these remarkable birds, the smallest owls in eastern North America. This project is part of a larger initiative called Project Owlnet, a national project designed to learn more about our resident owl population. The goals of the Paul Smiths Saw-Whet Owl Research program are to: 1) Monitor long-term changes in northern saw-whet owl (NSWO) populations. 2) Track timing of migration of age/sex groups. 3) Study stopover patterns. 4) Study molt and other aspects of biology in NSWOs. 5) Use owls and owl banding to educate the public about conservation and wildlife issues. 6) Train volunteers in bird-banding techniques. 7) Used to train students in raptor research methods. Instructor Mark Manske will present background about the project and the participation of his own organization, Adirondack Raptors.

Lunch: Kunch in the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We'll use the early part of the afternoon to explore and examine the Great Camp Sagamore complex of 27 buildings, a National Historic Landmark that is an architectural marvel situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. The camp is located on the peninsular southwest edge of 180-acre Sagamore Lake in the 40,000-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness. After the tour, you will have some free time to paddle on or hike around the lake, or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6P in the Dining Hall.

Evening: BIRD BANDING: After dinner, we'll attempt to catch and band some Saw-whets. Although the scientists want to learn more about saw-whet owls, the first priority is to ensure that the owls come away unharmed. Only having the birds in the net for a short period helps to reduce stress on the birds or other animals that have been caught.

The owls are captured using roughly 40-foot long mist nets that we will set up at sunset, assuming that the evening is clear..

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is on a private lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3 1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Not all baths are private. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: $99.
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 17 - Lecture on Northern Goshawks / Raptors Demonstrat...
Lecture on Northern Goshawks / Raptors Demonstration / Birding Excursion

Note: 2 Field Trips, 1 Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Sagamore Dining Hall

Morning: LECTURE: Today our focus will be on the Northern Goshawk. Currently the breeding population of Goshawks in northern New York is being color-marked to facilitate the monitoring of effects caused by the introduction of a large commercial wind farm near traditional nest sites. Traditional nest sites on state and county forests are also being examined to determine if the introduction of wind farms in the region has had a detrimental effect on the Goshawk's local population. Nest site fidelity, mate fidelity, mortality, productivity, general condition of the birds, sex ratios of the nestlings and nest success is also being examined as part of the study. Mark will share the status and results of this important study.

Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch, we'll get a first-hand look at some raptors and owls that have been rescued and are housed by Adirondack Raptors at their facility near Paul Smiths. Watch these magnificent birds in action as Mark Manske practices the art of falconry. You can even hold one yourself!

After Mark's demonstration, we'll head out to some local nesting areas to see if we can spot any goshawks for ourselves. Goshawks are generally year-round residents in the Adirondacks, so although they will have largely finished chick-rearing during our visit there is still a good chance that we will spot them, given the right places to look. We'll also be on the lookout for the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Merlin, Cooper's Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, perhaps even a Golden Eagle!

Dinner: We'll return in time for dinner back at Sagamore at 6:00

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight we'll have a birding presentation or some entertainment, depending on what other groups are in camp.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Thursday, September 18 - Final Q&A/ good-byes
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8:00 in the Dining Hall.

Morning: We will follow breakfast with a Q&A session with your program host. Check out and good-byes are at 10:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Raquette Lake, NY
Adirondack MuseumA 27-building complex of art and culture called the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks." 518-352-7311
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
W.W.DurantThe Durant is a dine and cruise boat on Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks.It has meals and excursions. 315-354-5532
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenavigation.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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