A collaboration focused on strengthening relationships between people and place while promoting a sense of belonging, ADI’s Emerging Stewards Program is empowering young people of diverse backgrounds to become future stewards of this special place.

Supported by powerful partnerships with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Newcomb, SUNY Potsdam, Inclusive Woods & Us, and local organizations like Camp Dudley, Camp Eagle Island, and Camp Sagamore, the Emerging Stewards program provides opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and other minoritized groups to experience the region’s cultural, natural and recreational assets.

“After returning from an amazing Alternative Spring Break, I am overwhelmed with a series of emotions. Coming from Brooklyn, New York I have never had the opportunity to experience outdoor activities in a rural setting,” said SUNY Potsdam student Tanaye Grant. “I wish I could put my experience into words, but future students will just have to come!”