PAUL SMITHS – The Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smiths will host the Adirondack Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. The annual event will feature children’s activities, live music, wildlife exhibits, food, trail walks and live animal demonstrations.
The day starts with live animal programs. Beth Bidwell, Executive Director of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, will present reptiles, amphibians and a variety of Adirondack raptors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Mark Rust of Woodstock, N.Y. will be the featured musical act with hammered dulcimer music from 10 to 11 a.m., and at noon a show for kids titled “My Family’s Musical Traditions” which will be followed by a “How to Play the Spoons” workshop at 12:30 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m., he will wrap up with a show titled “Our Families Came to Sing.”
This year, The Lodge on Lake Clear will provide a cookout under the Pavilion. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
VIC staff and volunteers will lead children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sunspace in the main VIC building. Guided trail walks will be held at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Also this year, Mac’s Canoe Livery will offer guided canoe paddles. People can register and pay for this program at the VIC’s front desk on the day of the festival.
Entrance to the Wildlife Festival at the Paul Smiths VIC is free and open to the public. The event will be held rain or shine and is being sponsored by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Park Institute.
The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law.
For more information, contact the APA at (518) 891-4050 or www.apa.state.ny.us.