New support organization takes flight

New members can join wings for as little as $75 and gain access to the many events the organization has planned for 2010. The events, which take place at both The Wild Center and sites in New York City, include an open bar cocktail party and presentations highlighting exhibits at The Wild Center.

"The idea is to bring the museum to us because we don't have the accessibility that people in the area do," said Bickford.

Membership in Wings also offers many of the same benefits as museum membership, such as unlimited free access to The Wild Center and a subscription to its newsletter.

Bickford said the group has discussed other possibilities for fundraisers, such as a 5K run or group expeditions to the summits of the Adirondacks' 46 high peaks.

"Wings is a way of actively engaging the younger population, both inside and outside of the Adirondacks, in the future of the region," said Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center. "Creating future stewards of the Adirondacks is integral to the survival of the area."

For more information about Wings, including membership levels and upcoming events, visit www.wildcenter.org or call The Wild Center at 359-7800.

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