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Wild Center gets staff development grants

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake announced the receipt of two grants last week that will aid in the professional development of three staff members.

Assistant Curator Leah Filo and Animal Care Specialist Stephanie Hample were awarded $750 from Museumwise for a "Go!" grant to participate in a specialized animal training program with world-renowned "Natural Encounters, Inc."

During the training they will work with over 50 different bird and animal species, increasing their knowledge and skills for animal care and the always popular Animal Encounters exhibit.

The "Go!" grants are one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities.

These grants, issued through the state Council on the Arts and administered by Museumwise, are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions.

Meanwhile, Store Manager Josh Pratt received a $700 Sam Greenberg scholarship from the Museum Store Association to attend the MSA Retail Conference and Expo to learn more about the trade and strengthen skills.

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