Today Only - BuzzzFest 2014

An all day family festival on July 5th, 2014

BuzzzFest, our big midsummer celebration. BuzzzFest will be a day of fun with something to entertain, delight and perhaps gross out people of all ages. BuzzzFest this year honors the creatures that make the world go round, with a special tip of the antennae to bees. We will also dip a wing for dragonflies, butterflies, and all the buzzing, chirping and crawling things in between.    

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet some of the coolest insects and animals on the planet with the Utica Zoo. Dr. Janet Mihuc from Paul Smith’s College will be showing off some of the native silk moths found right here in the Adirondacks. Master Gardeners Volunteers of Clinton County will be displaying the importance of pollinators to humans, how to attract them, and why we need to protect them. 

Bring the family, and we'll do everything we can to send you home buzzzing with fun.

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Silkmoth Time Lapse

Emergence of a Silkmoth

The columbia silkmoth is a large moth that may be seen occasionally in the Adirondacks in upstate New York from late May through June. They are considered rare and little is known about their populations within the park.  Dr. Janet Mihuc from Paul Smith's College is studying their wild populations and gave us these cocoons to release at The Wild Center once they emerged.  They emerged from their cocoons over a few days in May. 

Buzzzing Bees

Interested in the history of beekeeping? The Adirondack Museum will have historic items and photographs showing beekeeping in the Adirondacks.

Throughout the day we will be having local beekeepers Greg and Debs Kalicin showing the tools of the trade as well as local honey vendor Suzanne Rinas selling honey based products.

There will also be chances to go out with Dr. Ezra Schwartzberg to collect your own insects and get a closer look into their world. Try your hand at painting insects in our Moments exhibit, make your own bee antennae, or see live animal encounters throughout the day.  

Honeyed Food

Explore the good in Adirondack animals that have less than famous reputations in a special show that includes puppets, humor and lots of crawling live critters, starts at 1:00pm. 

The Waterside Café will have an assortment of honey inspired dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth all day long. Stop by the Wild Supply Co. and pick up some bee themed books and other merchandise including artist supplies you can use to capture the buzzz. 

Dragonflies on Safari

Zoologist Dr. Jan Trybula will lead a dragonfly safari on our trails exploring the amazing diversity of dragonflies the Adirondacks has to offer.

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Canoeing the Raquette River

When?  Daily in July and August

What time 2 - 4 pm

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.

Cost per Boat: $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Register here

Back of House Tours

When?  During the Summer season (from May 28th to October 12th), the tours are available Tuesday thru Saturday at 3:00 p.m. During the rest of the year, the tours occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 (except in April when the Center is closed).

What time?  3:00 pm. The tours take about 1 hour.

What?  Explore behind the scenes where practices and ideas combine to bring The Wild Center experience to life. Learn about the inner workings of The Wild Center on this guided tour through our green energy features, aquatic life support system, and animal care areas. 

Cost & Capacity:  The tours are limited to 12 people in the summer, 6 people in the off-season. Cost is $5 for members, age 5 and over. 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.

Reserve in Advance: You can now reserve your tour spots online, with reservations currently open through August.  

Pick your Date with this link.


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