The Wild Center closes for April

TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center will close for the month of April. But don't fret, when it reopens May 1, expect plenty of events during the spring and summer months.

For many years, The Wild Center has chosen April as the month to close, for a couple different reasons.

"It's always closed down in April to give everybody a chance to take their kids down on vacation during the school vacation time," said The Wild Center spokesperson Howard Fish. "It's great to be able to schedule any kind of new installation or changing of things to happen then."

The natural history museum is planning many events for when it reopens Friday, May 1, including a free family day, Saturday, May 2.

Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder," will be on-hand at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for families to "learn how easy it is to become reconnected with nature." A presentation, being held in the Flammer Theatre at 1 p.m., will be followed by a book signing.

"He's kind of a big figure in reconnecting children to nature," Fish said of Louv.

"[The event] really is in effort to move forward the idea of making sure that children in New York State and wherever they live ... get a chance to get outside," Fish added.

Fish said the Louv study shows children not getting outdoors is becoming a health issue.

"Kids who spend a little too much time in an artificial world, are turning out a little bit like you'd expect any other animal to do if you left it in a sterile environment," Fish said. "There seems to be problems associated with that."

Many other events are in the works during The Wild Center's hiatus, including planning for the museum's summer theme: "Mother of Invention."

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