Birds of the Adirondacks: Cedar Waxwing at the Paul Smiths VIC (31 May 2014)

Donate to the VIC

Paul Smiths VIC Native-species Butterfly House Donations have allowed the VIC to keep the popular Butterfly House open during the summer.
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Because the Paul Smiths VIC no longer receives New York State funding, continued support from volunteers who donate their time, talent, and money is crucial.   Some of the programs popular when the VIC was managed and funded through New York State are now available for a fee.  Other environmental education programs (such as the popular Native Species Butterfly House) continue to be offered free of charge, thanks to generous donors who have underwritten projects or funded internships. 

Become a Friend of the VIC

Friend of the VIC LogoJoin Friends of the VIC, an organization formed to financially support VIC programs and activities. Friends of the VIC members support free or low-cost programs to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. Friends of the VIC funds support programs like local school field trips, the Breck Chapin Native-species Butterfly House, Teddy Roosevelt bird walks, and naturalist-led interpretive walks and paddles. Friends of the VIC funds also support Paul Smith's College interns in a variety of program areas, including the Butterfly House, maple production, nature interpretation, trail maintenance, and event management. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with individual memberships with a minimum of $45 annual contribution. For more information on Friends of the VIC memberships and to sign-up online, click here.

Donate Time:  VIC volunteers can serve in a variety of roles: manning the front desk, providing information to visitors, staffing the Butterfly House, and helping maintain trails.  Individuals interested in joining this group of dedicated volunteers (some of whom have been donating their time and talents to the VIC for many years) should contact Kendra Ormerod, VIC Program Director,

Donate Money:  You can make a financial contribution to the VIC and ensure continuation of the many popular environmental education and interpretive programs that generations have come to love.  You can contribute financially by making a contribution to Paul Smith’s College earmarked for the VIC.  There are several ways to make a donation: give on line through an on-line form, make a donation by phone (518-327-6315), or send in a check by mail:

Paul Smith's College
Office of College Advancement
Route 86 & 30
P.O. Box 265
Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265

Be sure to include a note asking that your contribution be earmarked for the VIC.



Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.