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Adirondack Experience logoTo Assist with new $4.5m ARTISTS & INSPIRATION IN THE WILD EXHIBITION Opening in 2023

Blue Mountain Lake, NY (January 11, 2022) - The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has received a $500,000 grant from the Challenge Grants program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a federal agency. The funds will help support the $2.25M construction cost of the Artists & Inspiration in the Wild project. As part of the Challenge Grant requirements, ADKX must match the funds 3:1. ADKX is in the final phase of fundraising for this project during which they will be seeking funds to match the NEH Challenge Grant. Currently ADKX has raised $3M of the $4.5M overall cost of the project. This grant was secured following a highly competitive application and review process.  NEH receives funding requests from across the U.S. and makes grants to a select few. Just eight Challenge Grants were made at the $500,000 level or more in the current round of NEH funding. …

Wild Center logoThe Wild Center announces January & February programming

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center has added to its winter programming with free snowshoe and kicksled rentals, guided ice fishing on its Greenleaf Pond and ice sculptures. 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 Wild Lights presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-7 p.m. when the 115-acre campus is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of dazzling lights. 

We Are NYAt State Parks, Historic Sites, Wildlife Areas and Public Lands

11th Annual Event Offers More Than 75 Hikes for New Yorkers to Spend Jan. 1 Enjoying Nature with Friends and Family

Governor Kathy Hochul today encouraged New Yorkers to spend time in the outdoors this holiday season and celebrate the New Year at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State on January 1, 2022. The variety of hikes offered include seal walks, fire tower treks, lakefront trails, boardwalks, towpaths, walks along waterfalls, historic estates, military forts and more.

2021 Pine Bush Perspectives Exhibit OutsideAlbany, NY – The 2021 Pine Bush Perspectives juried photo exhibit is currently on display both inside the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s Discovery Center located at 195 New Karner Road in Albany and the along the Discovery Center’s outdoor entrance path. “Previous Pine Bush Perspectives exhibits have been inside the Discovery Center, but due to limited hours and capacity we decided to also display the exhibit outside,” explained Jackie Citriniti, Lead Educator and show designer. “Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy it however they’d like,” she continued.

Wild Center logoTickets go on sale to the general public starting Nov. 19

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is excited to announce the return of Wild Lights, presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. The dazzling display of enchanting lights will transform The Wild Center’s 115-acre campus into a winter wonderland, with even more dates, displays and lights added this season. Wild Lights will run on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning Sat., Nov. 27 for the public.

With Wild Lights, visitors will be able to bask in the glow of the award-winning Wild Walk and stroll through Forest Music while surrounded by immersive music and lights – curated specifically for the looped trail.

New York ForwardFirst Trail in U.S. Designed Specifically for Autism Spectrum Disorder Communities and Families

Project Supported By More Than $3.3 Million in Private Funds

Photos Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the nation's first nature trail specifically designed to address the sensory needs of those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities is open at Letchworth State Park in western New York State. Supported by more than $3.3 million in private fundraising, the new Autism Nature Trail is a one-mile hiking loop that includes eight marked sensory stations, each designed to address a different sensory experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Hopscotch at The Wild CenterOne-of-a-kind piece created on-site by sculpture artist Patrick Dougherty

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – Over the weekend, The Wild Center unveiled the completed Stickwork sculpture by Patrick Dougherty as its newest outdoor exhibit. After a three-week process, the final structure is now open to the public, with guests invited to immerse themselves in the art, walking around and through the elaborate sculpture

Since the beginning of August, internationally acclaimed stick sculpture artist Patrick Dougherty has been working on The Wild Center’s campus with a crew of volunteers to create the masterpiece.

Alnoba, Shape of Enchantment – an example of a Stickwork sculptureTupper Lake, N.Y. – The Wild Center is welcoming stick sculpture artist Patrick Dougherty to its campus this August. Over the course of three weeks, Dougherty will bend, weave, snag and flex locally sourced saplings to create a larger-than-life sculpture inspired by The Wild Center, located near Wild Walk. The twisted creation will be completed and opened to the public by Aug. 21, when guests can immerse themselves in the art, walking through the elaborate sculpture.

Living River Trail at The Wild CenterGuests can hike the indoor living river trail

Tupper Lake, N.Y. – As of today, Jul. 1, 2021, The Wild Center has reopened its indoor exhibits to the public. Visitors are welcome back inside the main museum building and invited to hike The Living River loop trail while enjoying indoor amenities. The Living River is a dynamic walking tour with 12 stops that take guests on a journey from the highest heights of the Adirondack mountains all the way down to the bogs and marshes of the lowlands. The experience is enhanced with audio content, available by downloading The Wild Center mobile app.

Mud Day playCornwall, NY –On Saturday, June, 26,  join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum at the Outdoor Discovery Center location, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall to Celebrate International Mud Day with 45 minute play sessions from 10am-3:45pm.  Welcome Summer with a mud-riffic day of play in Grasshopper Grove! Join children in dozens of countries around the globe in celebrating this day of splashing, rolling, squishing, sliding, and appreciating nature and the great outdoors.