Tupper Lake, N.Y. - Join The Wild Center for a wide array of programs, trips and activities this summer.

Summer 2015

Every Thursday from June 4th until September 17th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Farmers Market
The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Markets 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.

All related Farmers Market outdoor programming is free and open to the public. Admission to The Wild Center exhibits and additional programming is not included

Saturday, June 27th - Friday, July 3rd, 11am - 3pm
Member Preview Week
Members will have Wild Walk to themselves as you explore this elevating journey into nature. Learn how Wild Walk came into being and be among the first to enjoy the incredibly wide range of stories and experiences along the entire Walk. The free adults admitted on your membership are anyone of your choosing, and most levels include additional adults for $5 each. Wild Walk will close at 1pm on July 3rd.

Every Thursday, June 25th through August 27th, 3:00 pm
Behind the Scenes Tours
Every Thursday explore behind the curtain where practices and ideas combine to bring The Wild Center experience to life. Take a closer look at our green energy system, learn how our life support system keeps the trout and otters happy, and visit with our wild animal ambassadors behind the scenes. Cost: Behind the Scenes Tours are free for Members. Non-members can participate for a fee of $10 for adults and $7 for children age 5-17, with no charge for children 4 and under.

Daily starting Wednesday, July 1st through Monday, September 7th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Canoeing the Raquette River
Join a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on a daily paddle along the Raquette River. Oxbows are unique, natural formations found in rivers around the world. Meet some of the local wildlife and explore different marsh habitats as you wind around the many curves and turns of this special place. This trip is geared to novice paddlers ages 5 and up. Children ages 5 through 15 must have at least 1 parent or guardian present for every 2 children. Register soon as space is limited. Museum admission is not included. For additional details, please see our canoeing webpage, http://wildcenter.org/visit/paddle-the-raquette-river Cost per Boat: $25 for members, $30 for non-members.

Saturday, July 4th, 10 am - 6 pm
The Makers: Opening of Wild Walk
A special day with the makers of Wild Walk on hand - from the exhibit team to the fabricators, and the architects who designed the structure. This will be the official skybreaking event. There will be opportunities throughout the day to explore Wild Walk on your own or take a more in depth look with a naturalist on special tours throughout the day. The Wild Walk Makers team will be on deck to answer any questions as well as participate in a panel to talk about what went into creating this one of a kind experience. Learn about sun spotting with the Adirondack Public Observatory, try your hand at building your own Wild Walk from natural materials, create a tower hat, or visit with a naturalist with the unveiling of brand new programs at the Center. Experience nature from a new perspective with the opening of Wild Walk.

Friday, July 10th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Grand Night For Singing
An exciting showcase of the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue of time-tested classics intermixed with some lesser known selections from these masters of American musical theatre. Featuring songs from hits like Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I and South Pacific, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, State Fair, and Flower Drum Song. Presented by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. All ticketing is through the Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake - to reserve, call 877-752-7715 or 518-352-7715, or send an email to: info@adirondackarts.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Member discount applies to members of The Wild Center, as well as Center of the Arts members. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-member, $6 children under 6

Mondays, July 13th - August 31st, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Art in the Park at The Wild Center
Join The Wild Center again this summer to awaken your artistic talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August come explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists. Each three hour class is a good way to expand your art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media. We hope you'll be inspired to explore your artistic side and gain new insights into the natural world in the process by joining us for Art in the Park. Every Monday will have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance your artistic knowledge so sign up for one or more. Museum admission is not included. Space is limited so please register soon. Basic materials are included. Cost: $25 members/$30 non-members.

Thursday, July 16, Concert: 7:30 pm to 9:30pm, Buffet Dinner: 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
Lake Placid Sinfonietta Concert, with optional Dinner
Lake Placid's own Sinfonietta presents a wonderful Wild Center evening filled with music.
Cost: Non-member tickets are $20 for adults, 15 and older; members of The Wild Center can purchase tickets for $17; No charge for children 14 and under. Optional buffet dinner in the Esplanade Tent is an additional $25 per person (5:30 pm - 6:45 pm).

Saturday, July 18th, 10am - 6pm
Take Flight
Much of the life around Wild Walk is up in the air: flying squirrels, birds, butterflies, bats, and you! Take Flight will get everyone who visits off the ground and into the world of flight. What is life like up among the wind, clouds, trees, above the rivers, lakes, and ground? Experience life up in the air - for birds, animals, and people - at this day-long event. Watch birds in flight, test your balance above ground on a slackline, fly through an obstacle course that exercises the senses, and much more. Through the eyes of a raptor catching prey, over tops of the trees on Wild Walk, see the Adirondacks from a whole new perspective.

Wednesday, July 22, 1pm - 5pm
Learn 10: Identifying Adirondack Trees
Join botanist Dan Spada at The Wild Center for this excursion to identify 10 native tree species in the field. Instruction will be provided on the use of keys and guides to be able to identify trees and other plants. This program includes a short lab inside to introduce the program and some terminology. Most of our time will be spent outside on our trails and in the woods. This is a great opportunity to learn plant identification in the field and to get familiar with the keys and other tools used to identify trees. Participants will also create their own identification keys using specimens or field sketches. Cost: $25 per members / $30 for non-members

Thursday, July 23rd, 4pm - 7pm
Allen Blagden Demonstration and Reception in Moments
Join us for an afternoon in Moments for the opportunity to meet our featured artist, Allen Blagden, and take a closer look at natural moments he has captured in his art. Experience Allen's art up close as you watch him paint in real time to learn more about his artistic process. This is a great opportunity to engage Allen in informal conversations to learn more about his rich art background and how the Adirondacks continue to inspire his creativity. Allen Blagden is one of the nation's leading watercolorists. His penetrating renderings of sky and water, people, animals and landscapes fall within the academic traditions of the best of American realist painting. His original artwork is displayed and on sale, and a variety of art and nature activities will occur in the Artist Studio located in the center of the exhibit space. A reception will follow the demonstration from 6pm - 7pm in Moments. Free for members or with Admission.

Sunday, August 2nd, 10am - 6pm
Return to the Wild
It's summer, and this day will celebrate Wild Walk as a place where you can get close to the wild, and have fun. There will be a live wolf on campus (close to the wild!) and opportunities to climb trees, stomp through the woods and make your own recipe for the perfect Adirondack mud pie (Can you win the contest for the tallest, stickiest, mud dessert?). You can head to the Pines Play Area to build shelters, big and small, and get a chance to sense what it would be like to build your own home. The day will also feature a campus-wide treasure hunt with clues that will lead to a worthy prize and new understanding of how nature works (such as, did you know some local spider babies spin ‘balloons' they can ride for more than a thousand miles?). The puzzles will not be simple to solve and you are invited to solve them in groups, or ask people along the trails to give you hints and tips.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2pm - 10pm
Summer Days and Nights Photo Tour
Late August is a wonderful time in the Adirondacks. Summer breezes ripple the surface of the beautiful lakes and ponds, and puffy clouds decorate the sky. Since most of summer's humid days are in the past, sunsets can be quite dramatic, and nights may be clear and crisp. This workshop will take full advantage of The Wild Center's grounds, wandering the Center's trails, water features, and new Wild Walk experience. You'll photograph flowers, possibly wildlife, wander the trail to the Raquette River observation deck, and photograph above the tree tops from the elevated Wild Walk while practicing various shooting techniques through the afternoon, evening, and night.

The afternoon will start in the Wild Center conference room with a brief introduction, followed by a discussion on night photography and question and answer session. Afterward, we'll spend the rest of the day photographing around The Wild Center. There will be some walking involved but there is easy access to any of the photo locations. All types of camera equipment could be used including macro lenses and extension tubes, and wide angle and telephoto lenses. Depending on the weather, we might drive to additional destinations within a short drive of The Wild Center, but we would stay within the Tupper Lake area. Cost: $135 members, $150 non members

Sunday, September 27, 11am - 7pm
Fall Landscapes and Full Moon Photo Tour
Spend a day photographing the west central Adirondacks during the peak of color, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. After meeting briefly at The Wild Center for an introduction and initial overview, the rest of the day will be spent photographing at several different nearby locations including lake and mountain vistas. This tour will take full advantage of the fall foliage and colorful landscape.

This nature photography tour is designed for those who are already comfortable with camera basics such as the relationship between aperture, shutter, and ISO settings. Most of this eight hour day will be spent outside in the field, taking photos and experimenting with photo techniques. We can carpool for anyone returning back to Tupper Lake, but otherwise it will be best to drive. Since we will be in the field most of the day, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water, and any extra clothing for the day. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual, and extra memory cards. One of the goals of the day is photographing the full moon in the evening sky, so we'll also find a nice location to do moonrise / twilight photos. If conditions are good, we could be photographing until 7:30 PM or later. Cost: $135 members, $150 non members

To register or for more information on any of the above events, visit www.wildcenter.org/calendar or contact Patrick Murphy at 518-359-7800 ext.116 or pmurphy@wildcenter.org. If the trip is full, please contact us and we will add you to a waiting list.

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Contact: Tracey A. Legat, tlegat@wildcenter.org