The Wild Center has recently announced a few additions to its winter programming including free snowshoe and kicksled rentals, guided ice fishing on its Greenleaf Pond and three ice sculptures which have been arranged around the campus. These experiences – and more – are available Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with timed ticket reservations.
The Wild Center continues to host its Wild Lights exhibit presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. when the 115-acre campus is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of dazzling lights. During the week of February 18- 26, The Wild Center will be open every day and will remain open in the evenings for guests to enjoy the Wild Lights exhibit.
Seasonal activities included with The Wild Center’s regular admission:
· Winter Wild-Walk: Take in stunning views of the ice-capped Adirondack mountains from the award-winning platformed trail along the treetops. There will also be plenty of snow fun, including a snowball-throwing range and winter skeeball.
· Free snowshoe and kicksled rentals: Explore The Wild Center’s trails with free snowshoe rentals or the popular Scandinavian activity, kicksledding.
· Ice fishing on Greenleaf Pond: Peek under the ice to see what happens to Adirondack lakes and ponds during winter as a Wild Center guide shows you ice fishing techniques.
· Ice sculptures: Three frozen ice sculptures, including an otter and a loon hand-carved by internationally recognized ice sculptor Stan Kolonoko, will be on display around the campus.
· Outdoor otter play yard: Watch as the river otters roll, hop and slide through the snow.
· Welded Steel: Shape, Form and Light: See how snow changes the appearance and interpretation of Adirondack-based artist Barney Bellinger’s 17 large-scale steel sculptures.
· Forest Music: Stroll through an immersive sound trail as you listen to “Iron Harvest,” a musical piece inspired by Bellinger’s sculptures featuring metallic sounds and instruments.
· Hopscotch, a Stickwork sculpture: Walk through the larger-than-life stick sculpture, created by weaving together thousands of locally sourced saplings. View it aglow when you stay on campus for Wild Lights!
Day-time admission to The Wild Center is $20 for adults and $12 for youth. Entry to Wild Lights is included with regular day-time admission, or as an event-only ticket for $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Wild Lights is presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc., and supported by Adirondack Health, Adirondack Frontier, Adirondack Regional Federal Credit Union, Long Run Wealth Advisors, and Mike Foote Insurance. Reservations for The Wild Center and Wild Lights are required for all guests and members. For more information on current guidelines and reservations, refer to The Wild Center’s Visit page: www.wildcenter.org/visit/.
About The Wild Center
The Wild Center invites visitors to explore new ways that people and nature can thrive in the Adirondacks. Located in Tupper Lake, NY the center uses science-based experiences, exhibits and programs to open new ways to look into the relationship that people have with nature and to promote environmental best practices. A 54,000-square-foot facility, The Wild Center features outdoor space, live animals, and its popular Wild Walk, an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. The Center is currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photo at top: Derek Tepe, left, and Morgan Shaw walk through the Wild Center’s Wild Lights exhibit. The exhibit is presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. and will be available to guests on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. (Provided photo — Rick Godin)