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Volunteer Lean-To Adopter

Volunteer Lean-To Adopter

ADK Lean-to Adopters are dedicated volunteer professionals who ensure backcountry lean-tos are safe and comfortable places to rest or take refuge. They play an essential role in monitoring and maintaining existing lean-tos across the Adirondack Park, and sometimes lead and educate others on how to maintain lean-tos.

Successful Lean-to Adopters are comfortable working in the backcountry wilderness, sometimes alone and/or in challenging weather conditions, and see their role as active stewards of the Forest Preserve and ambassadors for ADK. Knowledge of ADK’s mission and goals, principles of Leave No Trace, and NYS DEC regulations are required.

Lean-to Adopters must be at least 18 years of age.

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Applications for the 2023 season are now closed. Please check back in January 2024 to apply for next year’s openings.


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