Ecological Center

The Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) is located within the 15,000 acre Huntington Wildlife Forest in Newcomb. The State University of New York College of Environmental Forestry established the AEC in 1971 and runs it still today. The destination draws researchers and visitors from around the world as it is recognized as a leader in ecological sciences in the Adirondacks. This impressive destination has modern housing, meeting rooms, a dining center and an accessibility year-round for activities ranging from education and research to retreats and meetings. Read more about the AEC.

The Adirondack Ecological Center is dedicated to understanding the Adirondack ecosystem through research and education. The AEC maintains more than 30 ongoing monitoring efforts, resulting in priceless contributions to international place-based research. The center is also home to the Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program (ALTEMP). This effort helps to track and detect changes or trends in the Adirondacks by monitoring more than 100 physical, chemical, and biological attributes in the unique and vast Adirondack ecosystem. 

The ongoing work by researchers at the AEC contribute to understanding how to restore wildlife, develop new forestry, as well as interpret a range of issues from the social organization of deer to silvicultural regimes. People of Newcomb, residents of the Adirondack Park, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere benefit from these efforts to understand, interpret, and act upon information that makes preserving the land and developing ways to forest responsibly a reality. 

More than 200 graduate degrees stem from studies that have been conducted at the AEC. Furthermore, of the programs offered, approximately 30% are performed by individuals and professionals from other institutions and governmental agencies.  

Visit the AEC’s website to experience their videos of Adirondack wildlife like "How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Truck?”