TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center will offer programs for the whole family from Saturday through Feb. 23.
Each day has a new winter theme and activities. In addition to special winter programming there will be guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, and wintertime crafts offered daily.
These events are free for members or with paid admission to the museum.
Tupper?Lake students check out the otter tank at The Wild Center.
(Photo courtesy of The Wild Center)
Saturday, Feb. 15
Animals in Ice
World-class ice sculptor and New York State native Stan Kolonko will host a live demo on ice sculpting at noon. Take a walk down the museum's entrance way and view native Adirondack animals recreated in ice.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Wonders of Winter
The Wild Center invites people to get outside and try their hand at snowshoeing with one of its naturalists or stay inside to learn about winter adventuring and to meet some of the museum's Adirondack animals, whose adaptations allow them to cope with the harsh Adirondack winters in intriguing ways.
Monday, Feb. 17
Some animals migrate or sleep through the winter, but others stick around and stay active. People are invited to join The Wild Center staff as you learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that can still be seen in the winter. At 1 p.m., SUNY-ESF Wildlife Technician Charlotte Demers will host a discussion about winter adaptations of small mammals in the theater. People will then be invited to take a walk along the trails with a naturalist at 2 p.m. to see if they can discover any small mammal homes.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Staying Warm in Winter
We humans try our best to keep warm during winter in a variety of ways, but how do animals keep warm and survive? The Wild Center invites people to learn about different ways animals tough out the cold and stay warm in harshest season in the Park.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Where have all the birdies gone? While it might seem like the local birds fly south when the weather gets chilly, there are plenty that stick around and tough out the Adirondack winters.
The Wild Center invites people to see live Adirondack birds and learn about their individual winter survival strategies.
A Wild Center naturalist will host a bird walk along the museum trails at 1 p.m., looking for signs of these tenacious feathered fliers and talking about the ways different species adapt for the cold. ---
Thursday, Feb. 20
Humans can simply walk into their heated homes to get warm, but what do animals do during the winter? The Wild Center invites the public to discover how animals get cozy in the winter and warm up.
At noon, join a naturalist on a journey around the property to learn about the different winter homes animals have. Join The Wild Center's skunks at 1 p.m. and learn how they survive the tough Adirondack winters.
Friday, Feb. 21
The Wild Center will celebrate winter in the Adirondacks. The museum invites the public to get outside and try their hand at snowshoeing with one of its naturalists. Then stick around to meet some of the center's adaptable Adirondack animals.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Become an Animal Tracker
Vince Walsh, expert tracker and founder of Kawing Crow Awareness Center, will host a program to teach people how to see, identify, and interpret the natural world of the Adirondacks through animal signs and tracking.
Walsh will share his experience and insight through multiple public programs, starting with a noon theater presentation on winter and its influences on animal behavior.
Then, people can bring their tracking questions, pictures, and stories to Walsh as he puzzles over their tracking experiences and discoveries. Those attending are asked to bring warm clothes so at 2 p.m. they can head outside to practice their tracking skills and use all their senses to see what evidence of animals they can find in the Adirondack forest. Snowshoes will be provided free with admission to the museum.
Sunday, Feb. 23
At 9 a.m., a pancake breakfast and sugaring workshop will kick off the day.
The Wild Center is joining Tupper Lake community members and their maple trees for a third year of the Wild Center Community Maple Project.
The Adirondack Museum will be at The Wild Center with their collection of regional maple sugaring artifacts and stories through photographs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Copies of "The Sugarmaker's Companion" will be available for signing with author and director of Cornell University's Uihlein Forest Michael Farrell.
Local residents can register for the 9 a.m. free pancake breakfast and sugaring workshop to learn more about our community maple project. Register at www.wildcenter.org/calendar and see how to get involved.