Close Encounters: A day at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge


DSC_0214One of the greatest things about being an Adirondack summer camp is that we get to experience not only the landscape of the Adirondack Park, but we get to encounter the wildlife that live within it. Yesterday, the Lodge girls were treated to a one-of-a-kind field trip to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, New York.  This was the first ever trip of its kind, and the Lodge girls were eager to find out EVERYTHING about this unique place and its animal inhabitants.

Wendy and Steve Hall established the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge as a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and education.  Their passion for this wonderful cause is evident in their work, and they provided our campers with a behind-the-scenes tour around the center.

Grace B. was beaming throughout the entire visit: “My favorite part was meeting the wolves!  It was cool to learn about them and the thing I will most remember is how important it is for us to take care of all animals.”  After Steve introduced the campers to the wolves (Cree, Zeebie, and Kiska…the wolf pup), the girls got to meet some owls up close.

DSC_0190“I was glad we got to meet the owl, but I was sad to learn that it had been blinded in an accident.  It’s weird, but you can see the whites of an owl’s eyes through its ears!” remarked Chloe B.   Throughout the course of the afternoon, the campers met wolves, owls, eagles, ravens, bobcats, and a fox; all animals that have been brought to the center for special attention and rehabilitative care.

Section head Laura Potel deemed the trip a great success, “It was such a blast…more fun than I could ever imagine! The girls were on their absolute best behavior and I was so impressed with how engaged they were and how many questions they asked.  I’m so happy that I was able to share this meaningful experience with these girls, and so grateful to Steve and Wendy for sharing this special place with us!”



The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center, located in Wilmington New York, is open to the public 10am – 4pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  As a 501-3c nonprofit organization, they rely on grants, as well as the generosity of their visitors, to continue their amazing work.





Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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