Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spring Outside! At The Wild Center Next Weekend

Spring Outside! with The Wild Center on Saturday, May 15th from 10 am until 3pm. Join The Wild Center, author and angler James Prosek, and more than 20 organizations and businesses ready to offer ideas to families for getting outside during this special free community day.

Family activities throughout the 31-acre campus include fly-casting with the Tri-Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, fly-tying demonstrations with Wiley’s Flies, spin casting with the DEC, wooden boat building with the Adirondack Museum, Camping 101 with the Adirondack Mountain Club, a rock climbing wall, nature scavenger hunts and fort building.

An afternoon talk, “Fishing the 41st Parallel”, by award winning author, artist and angler James Prosek will be part of this special day. Fly Fishing the 41st from Connecticut to Mongolia and Home Again: A Fisherman’s Odyssey begins with, “One day, I left in a straight line from home at 41 Kachele Street, east along the 41st Parallel, following my passion for fish. It was a journey not only away from home, but toward it; which is the beauty of traveling in a circle, and the irony of adventure.” The journey along 41 degrees North, contains visits to places like: Paris, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Mongolia, and Japan. It is as much about the fish he catches as the people he encounters who share a passion for fish; an eccentric cast of characters illuminated through Prosek’s colorful stories and vivid descriptions. A book signing will follow the talk.

Other talks during the day include, Bill Schoch, the regional fisheries manager from the DEC, Patrick Sisti who will talk about “Fishing Adirondack Ponds 101”, “Water Safety” with Sonny Young and author Jay O’Hern.

Throughout the day the Wild Center will have otter enrichments, animal encounters, and naturalist walks. There will be art projects, fish encounters, fish feedings and live music.

Organizations participating in the day include Cornell Cooperative Extension, Adirondack Explorer, Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Museum, Blueline Sports Shop, Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, Five Ponds Partners, Girl Scouts of Northern New York, High Peaks Cyclery, The Hungry Trout, Jones Outfitters, New York State Outdoor News, Northern Lights School, Northwoods and Langskib Wilderness Programs Deep Water Project, NYS DEC, PackBasket Adventures/Wanakena General Store, Pok-O-MacCready, Raquette River Corridor Group, Raquette River Outfitters, Tri-Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club and Wiley’s Flies.

Artist, writer, activist, and naturalist James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: an Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek has shown his paintings of trout and other natural history subjects with the Gerald Peters Gallery, New York and Santa Fe; Meredith Long Gallery, Houston; as well as with Wajahat/Ingrao, New York, and the DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn. His first solo museum showing was at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2007-2008. Prosek is a regular contributor to The New York Times and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. In 2004 he co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout with Yvon Chouinard, the owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation through the sale of T-shirts featuring trout paintings. As of 2009, World Trout has raised over $350,000 for coldwater conservation.

Prosek’s current work is concerned with man’s changing relationship to Nature. In his writing and painting he is examining the human compulsion to order nature through naming. Prosek’s next book, about eels, is due out in summer/fall 2010 with HarperCollins Publishers. The book explores the life history, mystery and world cultural associations concerning the freshwater eel. His story about freshwater eels is scheduled to run in National Geographic Magazine in 2010.

Prosek is a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, and a member of the board of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies.

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