The International Paper Foundation, with recommendations from the Ticonderoga-based mill, has awarded a grant of $2,000 to The Wild Center in support of its Junior Naturalist Program.
This program, offered to all young visitors, is a way to learn about the Adirondacks while exploring the exhibits and natural sites of the Wild Center. The grant will help to cover materials costs for development of a newly published and illustrated activity book and re-designed achievement patch. To date, nearly 7,000 children have participated in the "Junior Naturalist Program". School groups from around New York State often enroll in the program, appreciating the age-appropriate questions that require students to explore and "look deeper" into landscapes and creatures around them. After completing the questionnaire, each student is awarded the patch and title of "Junior Naturalist".
"We are pleased to support The Wild Center's "Junior Naturalist Program" which fosters children's curiosity about nature and the world around them," said Donna Wadsworth, the Ticonderoga facility communication director. "We are proud to partner with The Wild Center on this educational and fun program where young people can experience the outdoors, enjoy hands-on exhibits and discover the natural history of the Adirondacks."
The Wild Center is grateful to have the continuing support of the International Paper Foundation. 2013 marks more than a decade of partnerships between International Paper and The Wild Center, with other partnerships occurring when the Center offered programs as a "Museum Without Walls" before opening.