New North Country Live! Series to Begin Feb. 11

Registration open for free programs in February, March and April

Feb. 9, 2021

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Live returns Feb. 11 with a new slate of exciting and timely programs focused on outdoor recreation, environmental issues, local history and other topics.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College and its partners, North Country Live has provided more than 15 free webinars, presentations, and panel discussions since it was launched at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.North Country Live logo

The upcoming edition of North Country Live, sponsored by International Paper, will feature the following sessions, each of which takes place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All these programs are free and open to the public:

  • History of NCCC Campus Locations, Feb. 11 and 18. From battlefields, to hospitals, to engines of industry, this series will explore the history of the North Country campus locations before they became places of higher learning. Hosted by faculty member Tom McGrath.
  • Managing Recreation in the High Peaks, March 4. A panel discussion on what steps can be taken to address overuse in the High Peaks. Hosted by Jimmy Cunningham, director of North Country’s Wilderness Recreation Leadership program.
  • Threats to Adirondack Water Quality, March 11. Co-sponsored by the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College, this program will focus on road salt contamination, aquatic invasive species, failing wastewater treatment systems and other pressures on Adirondack waterways.
  • Climate Change: What Can You Do About It, March 18. We know that climate change is happening. What can you do about it? A group of college and high school student leaders will share their ideas and perspectives.
  • Backcountry Preparedness 101, April 8. Hikers and backpackers can sometimes wind up in bad situations because of a lack of knowledge or preparedness. This program will focus on how to plan and prepare for your next adventure. Hosted by Jimmy Cunningham, director of North Country’s Wilderness Recreation Leadership program.
  • Why We Garden, April 22. To mark Earth Day, Cornell Cooperative Extension-trained Master Gardener Diane O’Connor looks at the physical and emotional benefits of gardening, with helpful tips and techniques for establishing a healthy, happy garden that nourishes both body and spirit.
  • All About Birds, April 29. A multimedia introduction to birding hosted by Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions and Workshops LLC. Topics will include: songs and calls – why birds make sounds and how they create them, how we identify bird species, habitats of the North Country, fascinating behaviors and more!

To register and receive a Zoom invitation for any or all of these programs, visit

Each presentation and panel discussion will include an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the host or hosts.

More than 600 people registered for North Country Live programs in the summer and fall of 2020. Wellness, personal finance, telecommuting, Black History in the Adirondacks, and the history and traditions of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe are just a few of the topics covered by the series. To view an archive of these past programs, or for more information, visit