It’s not often in life that your dreams come true. While for some, the future can be bigger and brighter than they had ever expected.
Will Pryor of Smyrna happens to be one of those people. He designed and created The Wolf Mountain Nature Center there. The center is an actual dream come true for Will. Those of you who have visited the center know what an amazing place it is. As stated on the nature center’s website “The primary purpose is to give people the opportunity to learn about, appreciate, and admire the majestic Gray Wolf, and his cousins; the Arctic Fox, and Eastern Coyote.”
I am fortunate enough to have known Will before the center was anything more than a dream. I have watched the center grow, and can personally say how amazed I have been with Will's hard work and dedication.
Will was raised in an inner city, low-income area in Boston. At night he would hear the train whistle blowing, and would dream of jumping onto it and escaping into the wild. He despised the city and has always dreamed about being outdoors, connected with nature, and surrounded by all things wild. One such reoccurring dream was of sleeping at the base of a huge white pine, while surrounded by wolves. Years later, after studying trees, he realized that it was a sacred tree of peace to the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois people of New York State. This reoccurring dream guided him to follow the vision of being with wolves.
Will said his dream to create a nature center started at around the age of four. I guess you can call that a life-long dream! Since then, he has spent many hours planning and deciding how the center would look and run. His vision was of a place like Chenango County, with beautiful scenery, clean air, and a lack of noise pollution. After working hard for many years, Will was ready to turn his vision into reality by building The Wolf Mountain Nature Center. It took around three to five years before the fences were constructed and the federal government could come in and approve the facility. They signed off on the approval in 2006, and it was time to obtain some wolves.