Saturday, January 2, 2010

Winter Wildays at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake

The Wild Center’s Winter Wildays return in every Saturday and Sunday from January 9th until March 28th 2010 with an entertaining and enlightening schedule for the whole family. Here is the announcement from a Wild Center press release:

Saturday events grow your skills. Learn more about easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint with Home Composting, Heating with Biomass or Small Windpower in the Adirondacks. Admire some of the wildlife, like Boreal Birds or the Timber Rattlesnake, that make their home in the Adirondacks. Improve your photography skills with leading photographer Carl Heilman or discover what it takes to raise chickens in your own backyard.

Get the family out of the house for Sunday Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family and join us for a special program with a naturalist – a walk outside, an animal encounter or a story. Then participate in a family art project related to the theme of the day. Themes include, Where do animals go in the winter?, Become a Track Detective, and the always popular Otter Birthday Party.

Explore the trails on your own, there are free snowshoes to borrow for members or with admission. Or join a naturalist on the daily snowshoe walk to more about winter adaptations of Adirondack animals. Warm up afterwards with some hot food at the Waterside Café.

Spend the remainder of your day really seeing the surrounding Adirondacks. Watch Carl Heilman’s ‘Wild Adirondacks’ or ‘A Matter of Degrees: The True History of the Adirondacks’, narrated by Sigourney Weaver and filmed in high definition on location in the Adirondacks and Greenland. Allow the kids to open boxes of bones in the magnificent Naturalists Cabinet.

Follow the Living River Trail – passing lakes, bogs, streams, rivers, waterfalls and forests to the summit of a High Peak. There are more than 2,000 live creatures in and around the Pataki Hall of the Adirondacks.

Nature infuses the Hall, including the sounds of cascading water from the plunge pool at the dramatic 20-foot-high Otter Falls. Here you can watch the Wild Center’s resident otters show you exactly why they have a reputation for playful behavior. Relax in the Find Out Forest, a media-rich interactive environment that has over two hours of movies about the Adirondacks. You pick what you watch.

Winter Wildays are free for members or with paid admission.

For additional information on the Wild Center, visit or call (518) 359-7800.

Winter & Spring Hours

November – Memorial Day – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday

*Open Presidents’ Day Week
*Special Holiday Hours – December 26 – December 31 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Closed all of April – check website for dates and times of reopening

Adult Ticket $15 (15 – 64)
Youth Ticket $9 (4 – 14)
Senior Ticket $13 (65+)
Age 3 and under is free

Current members are free

Memberships for individuals start at $45 and include free admission for 1 year. Memberships for families start at $85 and include free admission for 1 or 2 named adults and their children through age 18. Advance group tour rates available.


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