Mother's Day in the Adirondacks

By Diane Chase
There is plenty to do in the Adirondack for Mother's Day. Whether it's taking your favorite walk or visiting with family, there are activities and events to treat that special someone.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th, and The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is giving everyone the chance to celebrate the women in their lives whether great-grandmother, grandmother or mother. This event is not just geared toward children, but to embrace the child within. Join in the festivities and enjoy a free opportunity to explore Mother Nature inside and outside the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (The Wild Center).

According to Director of Programs Jennifer Kretser, the annual spring event is an opportunity to showcase The Wild Center’s exhibits as a place for all ages to explore.
“It will be a perfect place to bring Mom,” says Kretser. “There will be a variety of activities from a Mother’s Day craft to a full slate of animal encounters. We also have a rattlesnake show scheduled. It will be a special day for families.”
Adirondack illustrator and author Sheri Amsel will be part of this Wild Center Community Day. Amsel and The Wild Center have collaborated on an activity book, Adirondack Wild Adventure,  which debuts May 13th. Between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Amsel will be on hand to meet and autograph her latest work.
“The Wild Center has wanted to create this type of activity book for a long time,” says Kretser. “The book is geared toward connecting children and nature. We started working with Sheri over a year ago and  feel the book is reflective of the Wild Center. The activities in the book explore the  museum as well as nature outside The Wild Center.”
Adirondack Wild Adventure introduces the animals, plants and wild habitats of the Adirondacks through activities and games. This book’s interactive features and natural history of the Adirondacks can also be used at home. The  activities focus on helping children make their own connection to nature.
Kretser stressed that Community Day is a free event for people of all ages. She encourages everyone to come and enjoy time for family. There will also be self-guided activities and a special golden otter quest. (A small golden otter figurine is hidden in the museum and participants use clues to search for the otter.) Join the raffle for a chance to win a Wild Center gift basket.
Schedule of Events: Community Day 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sheri Amsel will be signing her book Adirondack Wild Adventure at The Wild Supply Co.
noon Join a naturalist for a guided walk
noon – 2:00 p.m. Mother’s Day crafts
1:00 p.m. Learn about rattlesnakes
2:30 pm Join a naturalist for a guided walk
3:00 p.m. Learn more about the otters
In addition to the scheduled events, please keep in mind that all other exhibits, The Pines playground and trails are open for exploration.  Don’t miss out on this great family day! All events are open to the public, free of charge.  Happy Mother’s Day!

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.


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