wild-center.JPGTupper Lake, N.Y. - There's never a dull moment this summer at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Check out these upcoming events! Wednesday, June 13th: Volunteer Open House Interested in making a difference by volunteering at The Wild Center? Attend an upcoming Volunteer Open House and find out about the ways volunteers donate their time and talents at the museum. There are volunteer opportunities for teens and adults in many areas including; behind the scenes office help, special projects, outdoor facilities work, visitor services, and working with our education team as naturalists, exhibit guides and trail guides. Training is provided for all volunteer roles.  This Open House is from 6pm until 8pm.  There will be an additional Open House  on July 10th from 10am until noon.  Please contact Tracy Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator, at 518.359.7800 ext. 114 or tthomas@wildcenter.org for more information. Thursday, June 14th: Live PlanetCast Join Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College and The Wild Center's Rob Carr as they explore the new experience, Planet Adirondack, before it officially opens on Friday, June 15th.  Send your questions to Curt and Rob via Facebook and Twitter.  Beginning at 7pm.  Find it at www.wildcenter.org/liveThursdays, June 14th until September 13th: Farmers Markets The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Market where you can meet farmers and take home some of the wonderful local food grown in the Adirondack region. The Wild Center has joined with The Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative, Inc. which promotes and manages farmers' markets. Farmer Markets will take place every Thursday from June 14 through mid-September from 11 am - 3 pm in The Wild Center's Esplanade Tent.  http://wildcenter.org/index.php?sub=41. Saturdays, June 23rd, July 21st & August 18th: Whiteface Mountain Birds & Alpine Ecology Exploration The Wild Center, in partnership with Whiteface Mountain, is pleased to offer birding walks on Whiteface Mountain. Join a Wild Center naturalist for an interpretive hike that focuses on mountain habitats and birds along Whiteface Mountain Veteran's Memorial Highway and summit. Click here for more information. Wednesday, June 27th, Saturday, July 7th & Wednesday, July 18th: Birding & Canoeing the Raquette River The Wild Center is pleased to offer this one of a kind experience: Birding and Canoeing the Raquette River. Join NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist Kendra Ormerod for this early morning paddle. After a brief orientation, we will walk down to the Raquette River along The Wild Center's trails, looking for wildlife along the way. At the river we will use The Wild Center's canoe fleet for a paddle along the Oxbow. This program is open to both experienced and novice paddlers ages 5 and up. Children ages 5 through 15 must have a parent or guardian present. Register soon as space is limited. Museum admission is not included.  Click here for more information. Saturday, June 30th: Boreal Birds & Bogs at Bloomingdale Bog Join a Wild Center naturalist and explore the unique natural history of Adirondack bogs. This large bog wetland, complete with sedge marsh and coniferous woods, provides ample opportunity to see some great boreal birds. Learn the basics of birding while increasing your identification, ecology, and natural history skills. Click here for more information. Wednesday, July 4th: BuzzzFest An all day festival of fun for the Fourth of July in the Adirondacks. BuzzzFest honors the creatures that make the world go round, from dragonflies to honey bees. Enjoy honey BBQ, web cakes, live music and even tempt your taste buds with a variety of bug-a-licous delicacies from nationally renowned insect chef, David George Gordon. Collect bugs and try to stump our insect experts, compete in insect races and learn from butterfly walks and bee keeping demos.  Member Events Sunday, June 10th: Boreal Birding at Spring Bog Pond eXpedition 1 spot left! The Wild Center is pleased to offer this expert-led eXpedition at The Nature Conservancy's Spring Pond Bog. The second largest open expanse of peatland in New York, Spring Pond Bog Preserve provides a unique habitat for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. The wetland and surrounding woodlands provide feeding and nesting sites for a number of boreal birds, including various flycatchers, at least 15 different species of warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, and more. Click here for more information. Saturday, June 16th: Spring Boreal Birding at Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station eXpedition This is a rare opportunity to access a truly unique part of the Adirondacks for birding and natural history exploration. Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station is located in one of the most remote part of the Adirondacks on a large tract of land that has been privately held since the 1850s.  Click here for more information. Friday, June 29th: Evening Member Reception for Planet Adirondack Members and their Guests can join The Wild Center for a wine and cheese reception and an introduction to the new Wild Center experience - Planet Adirondack, which opens in mid-June. Hear how this exhibit came to be and how the on-going partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Adirondack Public Observatory (APO) will keep this experience fresh with new information and an evolving understanding of how the Earth really works. Then see for yourself how this new Wild Center experience puts the Adirondacks in a whole new perspective. Click here for more information. Thursday, July 19th & Saturday, August 4th: Breakfast with Wild Friends Join The Wild Center for breakfast in the Great Hall and learn something new about our animal ambassadors. These popular gatherings are an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the wilder members of our staff - and with a few of the animals too. Members also will have the opportunity to experience our newest experience - Planet Adirondack - before the Center opens for the day. The Wild Supply Co. will be open as well, and offering a 20% Member discount until 10:00am. Click here for more information.