For the first time ever, The Wild Center’s award-winning Wild Walk will be available in winter, allowing visitors to see the Adirondacks from an entirely new perspective. With the addition of thousands of feet of lights, snow activities and new photo op. stations, Wild Walk has transformed into the ultimate winter wonderland and will remain open all season long.
“The views in winter are easily the best of the entire year,” explains Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director of The Wild Center. “Not only do the bare branches of the surrounding trees open up fabulous new vistas, but the stark beauty of the snow-covered landscape is truly unforgettable.”
Labeled the “High Line of the Forest,” Wild Walk gives visitors a chance to walk among the trees. The experience includes a four-story twig tree house, swinging bridges, a spider’s web and a full-sized bald eagle’s nest at the highest point – 42 feet in the air. The Wild Walk’s elevated path takes visitors up a winding trail of bridges and platforms from ground level to the treetops of the Adirondack forest.
During Winter Wild Walk, visitors will enjoy views of snow-capped Adirondack Mountains, a snowball throwing range, snowball toss game, snowman making kits and multiple wintry photo opportunities. Wild Walk includes 32 bird feeders in its Feeder Alley, the enclosed 60-foot-long bird observation zone, 27 tree towers and nine bridges. Each of these features provides opportunities to capture views of winter animals in their natural habitat.
The Wild Center is offering a slew of winter programming in addition to Wild Walk. Also new this year, visitors are able to experience the age-old Adirondack tradition of ice fishing. At The Wild Center’s Ice Shanty, visitors can try their hand at ice fishing with provided equipment and learn more about the techniques used to catch fish in the winter. Visitors are also welcome to hit the trails surrounding the 115-acre campus with complimentary snowshoe rentals. When it’s time to warm up, cozy up next to a fire while learning about one of the Adirondacks’ favorite winter treats, maple syrup.
Winter Wild Walk is open Fridays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is included in The Wild Center admission. Accessibility is limited and not guaranteed. Visitors should dress for the weather as it may be slippery and cold on Winter Wild Walk. The Wild Center will be open every day during February Break, February 14-23, 2020 with winter programming, including live animal encounters, warm winter beverages and wintertime watercolor projects.
Additional information about The Wild Center and its winter programming is available here: www.wildcenter.org