About Us


Ndakinna (pronounced en-dak-enna) is Abenaki for “Our Land”

Our mission statement:

The Ndakinna Education Center is an affiliate of the Greenfield Review Literary Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and charitable organization located in Greenfield Center, New York. The Center offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, creative presentations, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world.

Our programs emphasize observation skills, interactive learning activities, critical thinking, cooperative problem solving and teambuilding for all ages. The Center is home to many educational exhibits, including Native tools, baskets, rattles, drums, shelters, clothing as well as a full-scale birch bark canoe and several wigwams.

Besides the exhibit space, the Center also contains a large presentation room, an animal tracking room with more than 1000 plaster casts of North American Mammal tracks, Cyber Tracker computer stations, and a gift shop. The gift shop offers visitors a rich collection of educational resources including books about Northeast Native American tribes (such as the Iroquois, Abenaki, Wampanoag, Pequot, and Mohegan), animal tracking, wilderness crafts & skills, and Native storytelling.

We present our programs and series year-round at the Education Center and on the adjacent 80-acre Marion F. Bowman Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve. The beautiful trails that wind through the woods are used for bird and tree walks, animal tracking, and for enjoyment by the participants of our youth and adult programs.