Welcome to the First Ever

Adirondack Nature Festival
for People with Disabilities

Connecting all people with nature.

The Adirondack Nature Festival for People with Disabilities


Paul Smith’s College VIC


Saturday, September 7, 2024


10am – 4pm








About the Festival

The first of what will become an annual event, the Adirondack Nature Festival for People with Disabilities is an accessible event that connects all individuals with nature through a variety of activities, arts, and music.

It is organized by a committee of volunteers with support from Paul Smith’s Visitior Interpretive Center, Adirondack Riverwalking, Accessible Adirondack Tourism, Tri-Lakes Center for Independent Living, Adirondack Website Design, Adirondack Experience, and many other people, and organizations throughout the Adirondack region.

All are welcome! Whether you are a person with a disability, a member of our community, or want to show support for the broad disability community, there are programs for everyone. Come join us!

The festival will not charge for admission to visitors.

The first ever
festival for people with disabilities
in the Adirondack region.

Woman pushing boy in wheelchair


This day is dedicated to bringing together people with disabilities to celebrate who we are, to experience the uplifting power of community. You will find opportunities to connect with old friends as well as meet new people while sharing a nature experience, participating in a craft workshop or hanging out listening to live music.

We are nature.

Forests are communities of trees that support each other, that thrive through challenges. They can soothe and heal us from the challenges of everyday life by inspiring awe and wonder when we get up close and notice how resilient they are. You will find throughout the day a variety of opportunities to connect with nature and discover all that the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center has to offer, including trails that meet you where you are, whether you are looking for gentler terrain or a wheelchair accessible trail.

Best of all, this festival is created by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Whether you are discovering the creations of regional artisans and artists, sampling a variety of tasty foods, participating in a nature workshop or experience, or just hanging out listening to live music, you can find inspiration in your peers and their creations.

The day’s events are free of charge, rain or shine, we have a great day planned. Save the date and plan to join us in this celebration of who we are, gathering with each other in nature.Bring your friends and family!

We can’t wait to see you!

Adirondack mountains through trees at sunrise
Kim Hill Ridley New York State Chief Disability Officer

Keynote Speaker

Kim Hill Ridley
Chief Disability Officer
State of New York

Leah Akins NYS DEC ADA Accessibility Coordinator

Special Guest Speaker

Leah Akins
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Statewide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Coordinator

Paul Smith's College Visitor Interprative Center

Festival Location

Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interprative Center’s ADA compliant facility, and trail system.

Woman in Wheelchair Painting a glass vase.

Artists and Artisans

People with disabilities will be presenting their artistic works for viewing, listening and sale.

Accessible Adirondack Forest Path

Nature Programs

Accessible nature programs for people with disabilities, their family, friends, and supporters.

Glenn McClure

Entertainment and Food

Award winning performers, including composer Glen McClure, food, and entertainment.

Vendors We're Looking For

Sponsors We're Hoping For

Guests We're Looking Forward To

Performances We're Having