PAUL SMITHS The Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smiths will take a magnifying glass this Columbus Day Weekend to explore the natural and human history of the Adirondack Park. APA Public Information Director Keith McKeever will present a free program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the VIC theater titled, The Great Conservation Experiment. He will take a historical look at environmental protection in New Yorks 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, which was created in 1892 by the state Legislature. McKeever will also discuss the Park Agencys mission of protection and how staff members and commissioners carry it out. We will look at the big picture, the importance of protecting the public and private resources of a park the size of Vermont, and what it means on a local, statewide, national and global scale, McKeever said. We will discuss the challenges of balancing biodiversity and environmental protection with sustainable development and the needs of human communities within the Blue Line. On Sunday, Oct. 12, visitors will discover the small picture of the Adirondack Park by using magnifying glasses during a naturalist-led walk on the VIC trails. Preregistration is required for this free program by calling the Paul Smiths VIC at 327-3000.