TUPPER LAKE - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Wild Center in Tupper Lake as part of her North Country tour Friday.
During the tour, Wild Center Director of Programs Jen Krester explained that the nature museum's new broadband Internet service will let the museum enter classrooms throughout the world.
"What we wanted to share with the senator was the teaching potential this service will give us to teach people about the Adirondacks," Krester said. "We can use this to interact with students throughout the world."
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, right, speaks with Village of Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun during a tour of the Wild Center Friday as (behind, from left) Nancy Howard and Tim and Rosie Littlefield look on.
(Enterprise photo — Shaun Kittle)
The service can be used locally, too. If a class can't get to The Wild Center, The Wild Center can go to them.
Staff gave Gillibrand a tour of the museum and highlighted the "Planet Adirondack" show, which gives people a three-dimensional view of the earth projected onto a large, interactive sphere. Information presented during the show is garnered from data sets obtained through agencies like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Gillibrand said the effort is important for the region.
"I think this is an amazing opportunity for children all over the world to learn about what we have here in the North Country, to learn about the environment and to learn about stewardship," Gillibrand said. "What they're doing here is creating a distance learning program that can have an unbelievable impact on the next generation's knowledge of our community, our environment and how important it is."
Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe said Gillibrand has made a concerted effort to ensure broadband is available throughout the Adirondacks.
"Senator Gillibrand has two staff members on a weekly phone call with ADK Action to make sure broadband is available here," Ratcliffe said. "It's a perfect example of how these partnerships can work to benefit everyone in the community."