Established in 1982, Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC is a family-owned and operated outdoor guide service. Sonny and Sheila Young, both New York State Licensed Outdoor Guides, have lived and worked in the Saranac Lake area of the Adirondack Park since 1989.

Both have served as President of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, and have won several awards in service to that organization. They are founding members of the Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks team. Sonny and Sheila are trained as Interpretive Guides, providing leadership and excellence in the advancement of heritage interpretation as a profession.

Sonny and Sheila are instructors for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Becoming an Outdoorswoman program, volunteering map and compass instruction since 1994 to a program that has taught wildlands skills to more than 3000 students to date. Both Sonny and Sheila adhere to minimal impact conservation of wild resources and have studied their fields of interest intensively.

Sonny and Sheila serve as program developers and instructors for New York State Outdoor Guides Association educational programs.

Mentioned in many local newspaper articles over the years, you can read about us in the Adirondack Life, October 2000 Special Issue, article “Nine Lives” by photographer/author Rebecca Soderholm.


CPR and First Aid instructor, Sonny was a certified instructor for Cornell University’s Sportfishing and Aquatic Resources Education Program and is a New York State Hunter Safety and Bowhunter Safety program instructor. Respected by his peers, Sonny recently served as a NY State citizen’s advisory council member.


CPR and First Aid instructor, Sheila is also a certified Level One Orienteering Coach and an Adirondack 46R, having ascended all forty-six of the Adirondack High Peaks over 4000 feet in height.