Membership Benefits

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ADK members are vital to the success of our mission. As direct supporters, members are connected with opportunities to engage with the ADK community and to give back to the public lands and waters we all love. Member dues help put tools in the hands of our trail crews, educators on mountain summits, and so much more. If you would like to join, you can do so here.

To show appreciation for their support, ADK offers the following benefits to our members.

ADIRONDAC MAGAZINE

A subscription to Adirondac, ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, connects you to the places you cherish, the mission you support, and the activities you enjoy. Adirondac provides news and views on organization activities, conservation updates, and outdoor recreation features


DISCOUNTS

  • 50% off hiker parking at the Heart Lake Program Center
  • 20% off all ADK guidebooks, maps, calendars, and other ADK publications
  • 10% off outdoor education and skill building programs
  • 10% off ADK logo merchandise.
  • 10% off lodging at the Heart Lake Program Center and Johns Brook Property

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Are you an outdoor enthusiast or natural history buff? Our staff offer over 200 workshops, both in-person at our Heart Lake Program Center and online. We teach a variety of courses from beginner canoeing and kayaking to winter mountaineering—and everything in between.


OUTDOOR RECREATION

Enjoy a guided outing or one of hundreds of chapter-led recreational activities in all four seasons. Guided trips cover a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, and skiing. Learn more about our guided trips and ADK chapters.


Membership FAQs

Prospective Members

WHY SHOULD I JOIN ADK?

You get access to endless opportunities for fun social and recreational activities, discounts, achievement of personal recreational goals, fulfilling volunteer work, protecting New York State’s wilderness, and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.

WHAT ARE CHAPTERS?

Chapters are a way for you to stay connected to a local group of members. ADK is organized into 27 chapters across New York and New Jersey. Each chapter is operated by a team of committed volunteers. Most chapters offer programming and activities. See our list of chapters and map of locations.

WHICH CHAPTER SHOULD I JOIN?

You can join any chapter in the ADK, regardless of where you live. Typically a member chooses a chapter that is geographically closest to his or her home. No matter what chapter you join, you can always participate in any chapter’s activities. It is also not necessary to join a chapter.


Current Members

Contact information: Call the membership department at 1-800-395-8080 and press “3” for membership or email us at membership@adk.org.

I JUST JOINED. WHEN SHOULD I GET MY NEW MEMBER INFORMATION?

You should receive your information in 2 -3 weeks. If you need a membership card before then, contact us for a temporary card.

HOW DO I GET REPLACEMENT CARDS?

Call or email us. There is no charge for replacement cards.

HOW DO I UPDATE MY INFORMATION?

Call or email us to update information such as address, phone, or email.

HOW DO I ADD OR DELETE SOMEONE FROM AN EXISTING MEMBERSHIP?

The easiest way to do this is give us a call. If you are sending in your renewal notice, you may also make the change there and we will update your record.

I DIDN’T JOIN A CHAPTER WHEN I SIGNED UP. WHICH CHAPTER SHOULD I JOIN?

You can join any chapter in ADK, regardless of where you live. Typically a member chooses a chapter that is geographically closest to his or her home. No matter what chapter you join, you can always participate in any chapter’s activities. Please see the chapter list to see if there is a chapter in your area. It is not necessary to join a chapter, but many members like to meet other like-minded individuals in their area.

HOW DO I ADD AN AFFILIATE CHAPTER TO MY MEMBERSHIP AND WHAT IS THE COST?

Call or email us. See the affiliate dues. Prices range from $2.50 – $15.00 depending on chapter.

HOW OFTEN IS ADIRONDAC MAGAZINE PUBLISHED?

Adirondac is published 6 times per year: January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October and November/December.

DOES ADK OFFER A DIGITAL VERSION OF ADIRONDAC?

Yes! The current issue is available in the Members Only section on the ADK website after you log in. You can also sign up for the Digital Adirondac.

CAN ADK EMAIL MY RENEWAL NOTICE INSTEAD OF MAILING IT?

Yes, you can call or email us to update your preferences.

DO YOU SHARE MY NAME WITH OTHER GROUPS?

Sometimes we share our mailing list with other environmental groups. This helps ADK acquire new members and keeps recruitment costs down so we can allocate more resources to conservation, advocacy, recreation, education, and stewardship. If you do not want your name exchanged, please call or email us. We never sell our mailing list nor do we sell or exchange email addresses.

ARE MY MEMBERSHIP DUES TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes, all but $10 for your Adirondac subscription are tax deductible.

WILL I RECEIVE APPEALS FOR ADDITIONAL DONATIONS? WHY AREN’T MY DUES ENOUGH TO SUPPORT ALL OF ADK?

Yes, during the year ADK sends out appeals for additional support. Membership dues provide you and your family with benefits you can enjoy. For those members who selected to be part of a chapter, 30% of your dues are given to your chapter to cover chapter costs such as newsletters, outings and social gatherings. Membership dues are only partially deductible. Tickets to dinners or adventure travel are not tax deductible because the IRS deems these as providing you a benefit.

Charitable gifts to ADK support the mission and are what make ADK so much more than a paddling or hiking club. Your gifts support conservation, advocacy, recreation, education and stewardship activities that improve the quality of life for you, fellow club members and for anyone who benefits from the New York State Forest Preserve and other wild lands and waters across the state. Your gifts help protect land and water for now and for future generations. The IRS recognizes such gifts as tax-deductible.