Buzzzing back into The Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE – The Wild Center will celebrate everyone’s favorite creepy crawlies at BuzzzFest Saturday.

BuzzzFest honors the creatures that make the world go round, from dragonflies to monarchs and all the buzzing, chirping and crawling things in between. This year there is a special tip of the antennae to honeybees.

People will have the opportunity to pet some crazy creepy crawlies from the Utica Zoo Mobile, join a dragonfly safari, visit The Butterfly Garden or talk with a bee hive expert to show you how to raise your own bees. See historical beekeeping gadgets and pictures from the Adirondack Museum.

There will be fun for the whole family, whether you are looking to buy some local honey, painting insects in the Moments exhibit, or watching the resident otters swimming about. There will also be live animal encounters, chances to try collecting insects yourself and opportunities to learn about how to attract pollinators to your own gardens. Explore the good in Adirondack animals that have bad reputations using stories, puppets, humor and lots of creepy-crawling live critters at 1 p.m.

The Waterside Cafe will have an assortment of honey inspired dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth all day long. Stop by the Wild Supply Co. and pick up some bee themed books and other merchandise including artist supplies for exploring nature in a new way.

Canoe down the Raquette River with a naturalist or explore behind the scenes and see what makes the Center tick. Both are an additional charge to BuzzzFest admission.

North Country Public Radio is the official media sponsor for BuzzzFest.

The Wild Center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org.