Living Lands is the LGLC’s weekly presentation series that takes an exclusive and up-close look at the people, history and wildlife of the lands of Lake George and the Adirondacks, past and present. The 2022 summer’s Living Lands Series will be live at the LGLC office in Bolton Landing at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required, as space is limited.

All of our previous presentations from 2019 and 2020 are still available to view on our YouTube channel ― LGLandConservancy ― at any time! Click here for the series!

Summer 2022 Series

June 22:  Rain to Lake

John Rhodes, P.E. will lead you through the hydraulic cycle, following the journey of rain water as it finds its way to Lake George. He will focus on the impacts of erosion and sedimentation, and how different land use affects runoff, infiltration, and ultimately, the water quality of the Lake.

John Rhodes, P.E. was trained at MIT and has more than 45 years of experience in environmental engineering and science related to soil, air, surface water and groundwater.

June 29:  Beavers

Come listen to Tim Watson, a wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) talk about beavers in Lake George, the Adirondacks, and New York State. Tim will give a brief overview of the history of beavers in New York State and the Americas, the biology and ecology of beavers, the positive role that beavers play in our environment, and the challenges that we face living with beavers.

July 13: Frogs vs. Turtles – Who is Cooler?

Join Naturalist Karin Badey for a battle of the pond creatures! Frogs are really amazing creatures. Not only are they fun to watch and listen to, but they also serve as indicators of environmental health in wetland ecosystems. Turtles are also important, and are featured players in Adirondack folklore and ecosystem.

Meet some of the common frogs and turtles of the area, learn how to identify them and talk about why they are each important and how we can help them. Then take a vote on who is the coolest creature on the block!

July 20: “Place Names of the ADK’s” with Pete Nelson of North Country Community College and the Adirondack Diversity Initiative

Join Pete Nelson, a co-founder of ADK Diversity Initiative and an adjunct faculty member at North Country Community College, to learn the fascinating stories of some of the names in the region and the people whose presence and labors defined them. This presentation will focus on early mapping and surveying in the Lake George area and include the history of some of the place names that are connected to that mapping and exploration; examine how all-but-forgotten Adirondack history pre-1850 had a profound effect upon the shaping of America.

Pete argues that the Adirondack frontier up until the mid 1800’s was critical to the development of our nation, just as the western frontier was later. Pete will also mention on The Adirondack Diversity Initiative’s current efforts in the Park, and the relevance of those efforts to economic, environmental, recreational and other aspects of Adirondack life.

August 3: Beaver Dam Hydraulics

Take a more in-dept look at the impact of beavers on our watershed in this follow-up presentation by John Rhodes, P.E. Learn about the many benefits of beaver ponds and what can happen when dams fail (naturally or as a result of human interference).

Mr. Rhodes was trained at MIT and has more than 45 years of experience in environmental engineering and science related to soil, air, surface water and groundwater.

August 10: Geology

Learn all about the geology of Lake George with Tom Morgan.

Tom is a Senior Scientist at RPI and Chief Scientist of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. He has a BS Geology (where he learned about Adirondack and Lake George geology), MS Geophysics from RPI, and PhD in Geophysics from the University of Houston.

August 17: Lake George Colonial History

Join Blake Smith, history teacher at Canajohaire High School and host of the podcast Stories Past for Sir William Johnson- Hero of Lake George? Some historians have questioned the moniker of hero when describing Sir William Johnson’s role in the Battle of Lake George, but there is no doubt that Sir William had a tremendous impact on the military success of the British in the French and Indian War and was greatly influential in the ongoing relationship between the British and the Iroquois of the Mohawk Valley. This program will explore the role of Sir William in the Battle of Lake George but will also delve deeper into the man who was certainly a complicated and fascinating individual.

August 24: Trees!

Naturalist and herbalist Nancy Scarzello will talk about the vital importance of trees in creating the very air we breathe, the cycles of water, and their relationship/partnership with mycelium in the soil. She will include some tree ID of common trees around Lake George.

August 31: History of Wiawaka

Wiawaka Center for Women Executive Director Doreen Kelly will present about Wiawaka and its founder, Mary Fuller, as well as the historical context that made it such an important establishment for its time.

Wiawaka is the oldest and longest continuously operating retreat for women in America, having been created in 1903 with the help of Spencer and Katrina Trask.The retreat center is located on the shore of Lake George’s south basin, within the Town of Lake George.

As always, we strive to engage you, presenting unique and interesting programs for free in an attempt to connect to the community, provide educational experiences and learn more about the amazing area we live in and why our lands and waters are so important. If you have an idea for a presenter, feel free to contact us!