Kingdoms of The Sky: Discover the extraordinary animals, people, who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world

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WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, invites the public to preview “Kingdoms of the Sky,” part of the “PBS Summer of Adventure” series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. The three-part series takes viewers on a tour of three of the planet’s most impressive mountain ranges – the Rockies, Himalaya, and Andes – showcasing the mountains themselves and the extraordinary people and animals that live on these peaks. The free event takes place at View in Old Forge located at 3273 NY-28, Old Forge, NY 13420.

The event also includes a panel discussion featuring New York’s own Adirondacks from the perspectives of the PBS series but also reflect on the environmental and overuse issues that can endanger the mountains and the co-existence of humans and nature. Jeffrey Grimshaw, View executive director, will moderate the panel, which will feature Patrick Murphy, mountaineer and Community Engagement Coordinator at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake; Neil Woodworth, executive director and counsel of the Adirondack Mountain Club who has enjoyed mountaineering in the U.S., Canada, and the Alps; and William C. Janeway, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council, the largest full-time Adirondack advocacy group.

“WCNY is pleased to be partnering with View, which is committed to telling the Adirondack story through the arts,” said Robert Daino, WCNY President & CEO. “WCNY and View both offer outstanding educational programming from facilities that are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) reflecting our shared goal of environmental stewardship.”

The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, https://apa.ny.gov/gis/FacsimileMap.html greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined! The panel discussion will touch on differences and similarities between the Adirondacks and the mountains in the PBS series including, for example, that both the Rockies and Adirondacks are made up of rock billions of years older than the structure of the mountains themselves.

 For more information, visit wcny.org/events

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