PRESIDENTS WEEK 2015
Celebrate Winter Week at The Wild Center, February 13th – February 22nd, with a week of wintery Adirondack fun. Each day has a new winter theme and activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to special winter programming there will be guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, and wintertime crafts offered daily. Free for members or with paid admission.
Friday, February 13th
Fur and Feathers
A human beats the winter chill with coats and hats, but the wildlife in the Adirondacks need to stay warm in other ways. Join The Wild Center to find out how animals cope with the frigid cold this area throws at them.
Saturday, February 14th
Become an Animal Tracker
Join Vince Walsh for a day on animal tracking and signs to learn how you can see, identify and interpret the natural world of the Adirondacks. Vince will share his experience and insight through multiple public programs starting with a 12:00 pm theater presentation on winter and its influences on animal behavior. Then bring your tracking questions, pictures and stories to Vince as he puzzles over your tracking experiences and discoveries. Don’t forget to bring some warm clothes so at 2:00 pm you can head outside to practice your tracking skills and use all your senses to see what evidence of animals you can find in the Adirondack forest. Snowshoes will be provided free with admission.
Sunday, February 15th
Mohawk Legends and Tales
Join artist and storyteller David Kanietakeron Fadden from the Six Nations Indian Museum at 1:00 pm for traditional Mohawk stories that have been passed from generation to generation. These stories, often centered on different animals, offer young people a chance to look at the world around them in new ways. Following the presentation meet some of The Wild Center’s animals featured in the stories.
Monday, February 16th
Many animals leave or sleep through the winter, but some stay active. Join The Wild Center staff at programs throughout the day to learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that still can be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join wildlife technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails at 2:00 pm with a naturalist and learn about how small mammals survive during the cold winter season.
Tuesday, February 17th
Catch or Cache?
When the mountains are covered in snow, meals can be hard to come by. Come by The Wild Center to meet some Adirondack animals and learn how they find their food in the winter. Take a walk on our trails to see if you can spot the signs of someone’s lunch or dinner then stop by our café and have a bite yourself!
Wednesday, February 18th
Bare branches and snow-covered pines make the forest seem a peaceful place in winter. But can you tell those evergreens apart, or find a birch tree without its leaves? Stop by Moments to make your very own watercolor winter wonderland. At 12:00 pm join a Wild Center naturalist to identify trees we have across our property.
Thursday, February 19th
While you are cozied up in your warm house, have you ever thought about where Adirondack animals are spending the night? Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals and learn where they find shelter during the colder months. After the program, head over to Moments to create your own watercolor home or cozy up with a book in our Naturalist Cabinet.
Friday, February 20th
Data obtained from tracking over 12 years of Adirondack winters have shown how Lake Placid, Cascade, and Tupper lakes freeze. They are unique, having geometrically distinct sets of ice crystals and absolute beauty in the colorful patterns observed with polarized lenses through thin sections of the ice from the lakes. Join Dr. Wasilewski at 1:00pm in the theater as he discusses why the frozen ice crystals on these lakes are unique. Additionally, he will illustrate the beauty of the ice rinks at the Olympic Center, the fascination of the Adirondack icicles, and the colorful differences of the curves and straight-aways on the Bobsled run.
Saturday, February 21st
Call of the Wild
Why are wolves a keystone species and how did we got dogs from wolves? Join Steve and Wendy Hall from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Kiska, one of their resident wolves, at 1:00 pm as they talk about wolves’ role in the wild and their interactions with humans. Free for members or with paid admission.
Sunday, February 22nd
Sharing the Slopes
Before our week runs out, come discover the wildlife you’ll see out and about this season. Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals that we share this winter habitat with and find out some of the intriguing ways they make the Adirondacks home.
American Marten Image Courtesy of NYS DEC