wild-center.JPGTupper Lake, N.Y. - The Wild Center is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season. Come in from the cold be part of the Center's special Wild Winter Weekend action. The Center offers free snowshoe use for visitors interested in a hike on top of the snow.  Find out more at www.wildcenter.org/eventsSaturday, December 24th, 2011 1pm Evolution of the Adirondacks Experience the formation of the Adirondacks in a multimedia presentation in the Flammer Theater. Saturday, December 31st, 2011 1pm All about Owls  Meet live owls and explore the crazy skills that owls use to catch and find prey in the Flammer Theater.  Sunday, January 8th, 2012 1pm Meet a Live Porcupine  See and learn all about this poised and prickly mammal in the Flammer Theater.  Friday, January 13th, 2012 1pm Raptors of the Dacks  Meet a diversity of live raptors and learn how they survive in the wild habitats of the Adirondacks in the Flammer Theater.  Sunday, January 15th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Nature Detective We are all naturalists! Come discover the naturalist in you. Create your own nature detective tool kit and use it to track animals around the museum. Take your kit home to investigate and explore landscapes from your backyard to beyond the Adirondacks.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Saturday, January 21st, 2012 1pm Evolution of the Adirondacks Experience the formation of the Adirondacks in a multimedia presentation in the Flammer Theater.  Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Turtle Time Use your senses to explore and learn about turtles. Listen to a turtle story. Then meet live turtles and use them as inspiration for a turtle painting of your own.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Saturday, January 28th, 2012 9am Winter Photo Workshop with Carl Heilman Explore the diversity of winter land­scape photography among the wild places of the central Adirondacks during this one day photography tour. Sunday, January 29th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Super Animals Adirondack animals don't leave survival up to chance. Roll some dice, play the adaptation game, meet live animals and discover the amazing adaptations that enable animals to survive in the Adirondacks. Then create your own super animal book to share with family and friends.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. 1pm Super Animals Show Meet a variety of live animals and learn about the amazing adaptations they use to survive in the Flammer Theater. Friday, February 3rd, 2012 1pm Animal Architects Meet live reptiles, birds and mammals and learn how they build their "green" homes in the wild.  Sunday, February 5th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Investigate Insects What makes an insect an insect? Join us to investigate and learn about insects. Then make your own insects to display both inside and outside the house.   Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Saturday, February 11th, 2012 1pm Evolution of the Adirondacks Experience the formation of the Adirondacks in a multimedia presentation in the Flammer Theater.  Sunday, February 12th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Navigate the Night with Owls Have you ever heard or seen an owl? Meet live owls and learn about the adaptations they have to hunt at night. Then participate in owl games and make owl finger puppets to share with friends and family.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. PRESIDENTS WEEKS 2012 Don't miss President's Week at The Wild Center, February 18th - February 26th as The Wild Center celebrates the season with a week of wintery Adirondack fun.  Everyday there is a new winter theme and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  In addition to special daily winter programming there will be daily guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, animal ice sculptures, and a wintery craft project your family is sure to enjoy.    Saturday February 18th, 2012 10:30am Animals in Ice The week will kick off on February 18th as The Wild Center welcomes the Northwoods Ice Craft team as they make ice come alive on our outdoor walkway.  Watch this team of professional ice sculptors demonstrate ice carving throughout the day on 2 of the sculptures and enjoy seeing owls, bear and otters appear from frozen blocks.  The sculptures will be up all week but this temporary exhibit is one not to be missed.  Visit www.VermontIceCarving.com for a glimpse at what this talented team has to offer.  1pm The Color of Ice Take an up close look at a snowflake with NASA scientist Peter Wasilewski. Peter will speak on the history of winter as seen through ice cores and snowflakes. Peter is a research scientist for NASA on changes in the onset and duration of winter over time. His presentation is filled with exceptional images of snowflakes and ice cores close up. Peter reveals the unique properties of ice through polarized light and uses his findings to describe the features of ice on Earth.  As a special treat one of Peter's images will be embedded in ice as part of the Ice Carving exhibit.  Sunday, February 19th, 2012 Animal Tracking with Vince Walsh Join Vince Walsh for a day on animal tracking and signs to learn how to you can see, identify and interpret the natural world of the Adirondacks.  Vince will share his experience and insight through multiple public programs starting with a 12:00 pm theater presentation on winter and its influences on animal behavior.  Then bring your tracking questions, pictures and stories to Vince as puzzles over your tracking experiences and discoveries.   Don't forget to bring some warm clothes so at 2pm you can head outside to practice your tracking skills and use all your senses to see what evidence of animals you can find in the Adirondack forest.  Snowshoes will be provided for all visitors.  Family Art & Nature: Tracking Time Noon Meet an expert animal tracker! Learn about all of the signs animals leave behind. Then cast your own animal tracks and make trails on your own bandana.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Monday, February 20th, 2012 Winter Homes What would you do in the winter without shelter and a warm bed? Most animals live outside all winter long. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities focusing on what animals do and where animals go in the winter. Walk outside with a naturalist to learn about and help construct a quinzee, a structure made from snow humans can sleep in. Then head inside where you can warm up to a hot treat, meet live animals and make a unique craft to take home. Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 Winter Birding   Where have all the birdies gone? While it might seem like all our birds fly south when the weather gets chilly, there are plenty that stick around and tough out the Adirondack winters. Naturalist Kendra Ormerod will take you on a bird walk along our trails, looking for signs of these tenacious feathered fliers and talking about the ways different species adapt for the cold. Afterwards, make a bird craft inside while you warm up and meet some of The Wild Center's birds up close and personal! Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 1pm Small Adirondack Mammals   How do the small mammals in the Adirondacks survive the winter?  Join Charlotte Demers from SUNY ESF at 1pm to take a closer look at Chipmunks, Jumping Mice and Shrews in the winter.  Charlotte will reveal how studies "undersnow" tunnels and cultures developed by rodents to understand their survival strategies and population statistics.  Learn the advantage is to being active to hibernating and then strap on snowshoes and then go outside to see what's been active on The Wild Center grounds.   Snowshoes will be provided for all visitors. Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 1pm Wild Winter Warmth Have you ever wondered how animals dress warmly for winter?  Come learn about fur, fat, and feathers-three important techniques animals use to survive the snow!  Join us for an interactive family program, including live animals, followed by a chance to design your own animal outfit to combat the cold. Friday, February 24th, 2012 1pm The Wonders of Winter Let's explore how Adirondack animals survive the winter, while having some serious fun! Join naturalist and entertainer, Rob Carr for a wild program about winter survival filled with stories, humor, puppets and LOTS of live animals - guaranteed to please visitors of all ages. Come early or stay late for winter crafts, guided snowshoe hikes and other fun-filled activities. Saturday, February 25th, 2012 9am Maple Day Learn about the art of maple sugaring with programs, games and tastings.  The Wild Center is joining community members and their sugar maples to create a community driven Maple Sugar house.  For local residents: register for the 9 am free Pancake Breakfast and Sugaring Workshop to learn more about our community project including information from Cornell University Maple Specialist Michael Farrell.  Register www.wildcenter.org/events and see how you can get involved.  Sunday, February 26th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Think Snow! Come prepared to experience the world of ice crystals first hand as we explore indoors and out.  Join a naturalist for a warm winter story, capture a few wild snowflakes and then join us to make your own Adirondack winter scene with a handmade snow globe.   Bring the snow indoors as well when you design a wild animal snowflake to wow your winter visitors.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 1pm Evolution of the Adirondacks Experience the formation of the Adirondacks in a multimedia presentation in the Flammer Theater.  Sunday, March 4th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Sleep on it! Adirondack winters are cold. Learn the different strategies animals in the Adirondacks use to survive the winter. Make your own porcupine pillow to hibernate with when the weather is cold and the nights are long. It's not as prickly as it sounds.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Sunday, March 11th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: The Patterns of Snakes Have you ever seen a snake? Have you studied the interesting patterns on its skin? Join us as we study the details of snake patterns, play games and create snakes with unique skin patterns on scratchboard.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. 1pm Live Rattlesnakes  Learn about the Adirondacks' largest venomous snake with herpetologist Frank Panaro and see live timber rattlers!  Friday, March 16th, 2012 1pm Meet a live Porcupine See and learn all about this poised and prickly mammal in the Flammer Theater.  Saturday, March 17th, 2012 9am The Art of Maple Sugaring The Wild Center is joining community members and their sugar maples to create a community driven Maple Sugar project.  For local residents: register for the 9 am free Pancake Breakfast and Sugaring Workshop. This introduction to maple sugaring will provide access to the latest in maple information, including the tools you need to tap a tree, collect maple sap, and potential ways you can participate in syrup production with The Wild Center.   Register at www.wildcenter.org/events and see how you can get involved.  Sunday, March 18th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: In Bloom Spring is just around the corner! Celebrate the changing of seasons by learning all about flowers. Then make your very own flower petal stained glass to hang in your window for the sun to shine on.  Sundays at The Wild Center is Family Art and Nature. Bring the entire family every Sunday afternoon to learn with live animals, participate in activities and make a unique, handcrafted art project to take home. Sunday, March 25th, 2012 Noon Family Art & Nature: Otter Birthday Party One of the most anticipated parties of the year!  The North American River Otter is a mammal worth celebrating. Help us celebrate the otters of The Wild Center. Join us for cake and fun-filled activities for the entire family. 1pm The Trick is in the Training  Watch live animal training and learn how we use it to enrich the lives of animals at the museum.  Saturday, March 31st, 2012 1pm Wings of the Wild Meet a variety live birds as you soar over the Adirondacks in our theater and explore the wild places that they rely on for survival.  For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org

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