Tupper Lake is in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains, about 144 miles northwest of Albany, N.Y
The new exhibit, which opened July 4, 2015, allows visitors to travel across the Adirondack treetops 40-feet above ground (top photo). Visitors can expect a quarter-mile trip over bridges and platforms, up a four-story twig tree house, and onto a human-sized spider’s web suspended 24-feet above ground.
The Wild Center, established in 1999, is a natural history museum located on 81-acres of Adirondack Park. The 54,000-square-foot Museum provides indoor and outdoor science-based programs, exhibits and experiences with 50 species of live animals native to the Adirondacks.
Wild Walk opened after nearly eight years of planning and development, three test builds, and a $5.5 million fundraising campaign. The completion of this project was made possible by an Empire State Development (ESD) grant of up to $1 million awarded through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
“The newest Adirondack trail, dubbed “Highline of the Forest,” is just one more example of why New York’s tourism industry continues to thrive,” said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “With support from the Governor’s Regional Council initiative, The Wild Center has transformed 84 tons of steel into an organic, Adirondack adventure. At the same time, we are retaining jobs, attracting more visitors to the North Country and strengthening the regional economy.”
“We have this great hub for exploring nature in the middle of the woods,” said Stephanie Ratcliffe, The Wild Center’s executive director. “This has been our dream for years, to have a chance to knock down the walls and see what happens when the roof is the sky and the floor takes you up off the ground, and then fill the whole experience with stories that let us all see the natural world from new perspectives.”
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About The Wild Center
The Wild Center is a not-for-profit organization overseen by a Board of Trustees with the assistance of its Advisory Board. The main campus is situated on 81 acres of land within the nearly six million acres of the Adirondacks, the largest park in the contiguous United States. The Center holds a New York State Charter as an educational institution and is headquartered in the first LEED certified museum in New York. It is a finalist for the National Medal, given to museums in service of their communities.