International Paper Foundation awards grant to The Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - The International Paper Foundation has contributed $2,000 to help support The Wild Center's upcoming Family Art In Nature Program.

The Art in Nature Program offers family-friendly, nature-themed art projects every Sunday during the winter months.

"International Paper Foundation strongly supports quality educational and community-focused programs that are offered to North Country residents," said Jen Kretser, director of programs at The Wild Center. "The Wild Center is well known for this kind of programming."

Families and children participating in The Wild Center's Family Art in Nature Program can expect to create and take home, memorable arts and crafts featuring Adirondack wildlife, plants, and seasonal themes. Projects range from "earth friendly" decorated shopping bags, "real-life" snowflakes, to bird feeders and even edible treats.

"We're interested in how we can connect people to the Adirondacks," said Kretser.

The program is offered during "Winter Wildays" at the Museum every Sunday from 1 - 3 pm and is free for members or is included with paid admission.

The Wild Center is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday from Nov. 1 - March 31 with special holiday hours from Dec. 26 - Dec. 31.

"The Wild Center is most appreciative of International Paper's underwriting support which enables the Museum to continue offering high quality educational programs to North Country residents," said Kretser.

During the winter, The Wild Center also offers free snowshoeing, a caf and the Wild Supply Co. featuring locally produced foods and items. For more information about the Art in Nature Program or The Wild Center, please call 359-7800 or visit http://www.wildcenter.org .

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