What the Press Says

"The wonderful Wild Center..." 

— Frommer's Guides

"linger in this glorious place..." 

— The Wall Street Journal

"..paradis pour les environmentalistes.." 

— Le Journal de Montreal

"stunning..." 

— The New York Times

"...the place to go.." 

— The Boston Globe

"a very interactive place.." 

— Montreal Gazette

"Stunning state-of the-art museum..." 

— Reader's Digest

"Don't miss The Wild Center.." 

— USA Today

"Family Fun Editor's Pick" 

— Family Fun

"...highlight of your visit.."

— BabyCenter.com

 

What's happening at The Wild Center?

There's a day's worth of things to see and do at the 54,000-square-foot Center and on our 81-acre campus.

Come explore the exhibit halls, create your own work of art, meet one of our many animals at an animal encounter, take a woodland snowshoe down to the Raquette River, join us for a live show, or watch one of many amazing films produced by The Wild Center. It's all covered by your single admission.

We also have a full winter schedule of special events including weekly art workshops, special presentations, and off-site eXpeditions. Daily Schedules and our events calendar are all available at the Center's admissions desk to help you plan your visit. Maple sugaring programs start in earnest in early February.

The Wild Center's movie, A Matter of Degrees, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and first prize winner at the National Association for Interpretation. Filmed exclusively for The Wild Center's wide screen, it's screened each day. Additional shows include the breathtaking images of Carl Heilman’s Wild Adirondacks.

Plan a Visit

Winter Week - Open All Week

PRESIDENTS WEEK 2015

Celebrate Winter Week at The Wild Center, February 13th – February 22nd, with a week of wintery Adirondack fun. Each day has a new winter theme and activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to special winter programming there will be guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, and wintertime crafts offered daily.  Free for members or with paid admission.

 

Friday, February 13th
Fur and Feathers
A human beats the winter chill with coats and hats, but the wildlife in the Adirondacks need to stay warm in other ways. Join The Wild Center to find out how animals cope with the frigid cold this area throws at them.

 

Saturday, February 14th
Become an Animal Tracker
Join Vince Walsh for a day on animal tracking and signs to learn how you can see, identify and interpret the natural world of the Adirondacks.  Vince will share his experience and insight through multiple public programs starting with a 12:00 pm theater presentation on winter and its influences on animal behavior.  Then bring your tracking questions, pictures and stories to Vince as he puzzles over your tracking experiences and discoveries. Don’t forget to bring some warm clothes so at 2:00 pm you can head outside to practice your tracking skills and use all your senses to see what evidence of animals you can find in the Adirondack forest.  Snowshoes will be provided free with admission. 

 

Sunday, February 15th
Mohawk Legends and Tales
Join artist and storyteller David Kanietakeron Fadden from the Six Nations Indian Museum at 1:00 pm for traditional Mohawk stories that have been passed from generation to generation. These stories, often centered on different animals, offer young people a chance to look at the world around them in new ways. Following the presentation meet some of The Wild Center’s animals featured in the stories.

 

Monday, February 16th
Mammal Monday
Many animals leave or sleep through the winter, but some stay active. Join The Wild Center staff at programs throughout the day to learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that still can be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join wildlife technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails at 2:00 pm with a naturalist and learn about how small mammals survive during the cold winter season.

 

Tuesday, February 17th
Catch or Cache?
When the mountains are covered in snow, meals can be hard to come by. Come by The Wild Center to meet some Adirondack animals and learn how they find their food in the winter. Take a walk on our trails to see if you can spot the signs of someone’s lunch or dinner then stop by our café and have a bite yourself!

 

Wednesday, February 18th
Winter Woods
Bare branches and snow-covered pines make the forest seem a peaceful place in winter. But can you tell those evergreens apart, or find a birch tree without its leaves? Stop by Moments to make your very own watercolor winter wonderland. At 12:00 pm join a Wild Center naturalist to identify trees we have across our property.

 

Thursday, February 19th
Hidden Homes
While you are cozied up in your warm house, have you ever thought about where Adirondack animals are spending the night? Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals and learn where they find shelter during the colder months. After the program, head over to Moments to create your own watercolor home or cozy up with a book in our Naturalist Cabinet.

 

Friday, February 20th
Frigid Friday
Data obtained from tracking over 12 years of Adirondack winters have shown how Lake Placid, Cascade, and Tupper lakes freeze.  They are unique, having geometrically distinct sets of ice crystals and absolute beauty in the colorful patterns observed with polarized lenses through thin sections of the ice from the lakes.  Join Dr. Wasilewski at 1:00pm in the theater as he discusses why the frozen ice crystals on these lakes are unique.  Additionally, he will illustrate the beauty of the ice rinks at the Olympic Center, the fascination of the Adirondack icicles, and the colorful differences of the curves and straight-aways on the Bobsled run.

 

Saturday, February 21st
Call of the Wild
Why are wolves a keystone species and how did we got dogs from wolves? Join Steve and Wendy Hall from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Kiska, one of their resident wolves, at 1:00 pm as they talk about wolves’ role in the wild and their interactions with humans. Free for members or with paid admission.  

 

Sunday, February 22nd
Sharing the Slopes
Before our week runs out, come discover the wildlife you’ll see out and about this season. Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals that we share this winter habitat with and find out some of the intriguing ways they make the Adirondacks home.

American Marten Image Courtesy of NYS DEC

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Join our Summer 2015 Intern Program

The Wild Center seeks Summer 2015 Interns. We will be hiring one Animal Care Intern, one Art Naturalist Intern and multiple Summer Naturalist Interns. Please see the descriptions below for more details, including specific application instructions.

All materials will be accepted through 5:00 pm EST on February 20, 2015. We will not be able to respond to individual inquiries or phone calls. All applicants will be contacted no sooner than early March.

Animal Care Internship (1 position)

Art Naturalist Internship (1 position)

Summer Naturalist Internship (multiple positions)

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See Planet Adirondackk

We have an entire hall dedicated to this giant globe experience where you can see the whole planet, and tons of stories that you can only really see from a space-age view.

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"Moments" an interactive experiencek

This winter you can participate in the new interactive experience, Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art

The Find Out Forest has been transformed into an interactive gallery complete with a central Artist Studio where you can capture your own fleeting moments. 

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Calendar of Eventsk

Throughout the year there are eXpeditions, snowshoe hikes, guided birding walks, BYOB (boat!) trips, talks and more. Find out more. 

Shop The Wild Supply Co.

Our store is worth its own visit, with quality gear, beautiful decorative items for the home and garden, and exclusive Wild Center merchandise. Many of the items are also available at The Wild Supply Co. online. All profits from all sales support The Wild Center mission.  

Buy your favorite Wild things online!
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A New Take On Climate Disruptionsk

An Ice Age view of climate disruption

A Matter of Degrees has won praise as a great climate movie from national leaders because it takes a story we all know - the story of our last ice age and views it through the climate lens. The film looks at everything that happened, including the shaping of the mountains and the introduction of whales into the Adirondacks as a story of shifts in climate.