Edward Kanze Guiding Service
The Adirondack Naturalist Company, a licensed and fully insured Adirondack guiding service, offers day and half-day excursions into the Adirondack Mountain wilderness. Larger than the state of Massachusetts, the Adirondack Park contains mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, and vast areas of northern hardwood and boreal forest, along with diverse wildlife and grand scenery. Ed is a seventh generation Adirondacker and brings to his guiding business a deep knowledge of the region's history as well as an expert's first-hand knowledge of its wildlife.
Ed is glad to arrange specialty tours to accommodate the interests of clients. Popular subjects include birds, frogs, salamanders, tree identification, wildflowers, and adventures aimed particularly at stirring the interest and enthusiasm of children. Ed's signature outings, however, are broadly focused. They introduce visitors to the geology, flora, fauna, lesser-known organisms, ecology and history of the magnificent wild place he and his family call home.
For four years, until the facility's closing, Ed served as resident naturalist guide at the Wawbeek Resort on Upper Saranac Lake. He serves frequently as guide for guests of The Point, the most exclusive hostelry in the region (in fact, one of the most exclusive in the world), and has also conducted nature rambles for guests of the Lake Placid Lodge and the Mirror Lake Inn. Beginning in summer 2008, he will lead weekly nature walks for guests of The Point, The Lake Placid Lodge, and White Pine Camp.
To his work as a licensed wilderness guide, Ed Kanze brings thirty years of experience as an interpretive naturalist, nature writer, and leader of informal educational rambles in wild places. He has served as a park ranger and writer with the U.S. National Park Service at Acadia National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore (working in its two districts in Florida and Mississippi), and Badlands National Park. He has served as a field instructor for National Audubon Society ecology workshops in Connecticut, as Senior Naturalist at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York, and as Curator of the Trailside Nature Museum in Westchester County's premier park, the 4,700-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. He is also the author of five books, more than 1,000 newspaper columns, and scores of magazine features and book reviews. All having to do with nature and wildlife. See his biography on this site for additional details.
Guided outings are offered year-round, mainly in the Tri-Lakes Area, which includes the Lake Placid area, the Saranac Lakes, and Tupper Lake. Winter walks generally take place on snowshoes. For fees and other details, contact Ed via e-mail at email@example.com by clicking here.
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