March 15th, 2014
Travel through the central and eastern Adirondacks to the Lake Champlain valley on an all-day winter birding eXpedition. Ornithologist and NYS Guide Alan Belford will take you to some of the best winter birding spots in the region. The Lake Champlain Valley is one of the best areas to go birding in the North Country. The lake attracts a diversity of waterfowl from fall through spring, and March is a great time to find them as they migrate north along the lake.
Photo Credit: David Hemmings
Every spring The Wild Center turns into a full-on maple syrup operation. You can get in on the action, warm up in our sugar house, sample fresh syrup, and see how our community turns into a bucket brigade at this time of year.
Click this story to learn more about at the sweet happenings this syrup season.
You can see the Center from the trails at Big Tupper. It's a throwback mountain, with $25 lift tickets, so this winter you can have an Adirondack See & Ski day, with slopes and a Wild Center visit too.
The Movie that Will Never Show on a Flat Screen
The Wild Center was the site of the world premiere of NASA's new film, Water Falls in January 2014. Part of a multinational space effort that will launch in 2014, the movie is now featured at the Center's Planet Adirondack Theater. It looks at how we will go into space to learn about how water works on Earth.
On March 30th celebrate with Louie, Remy, Squeaker, and Squirt at the annual Otter Birthday party! There will be presents to unwrap (for the otters!), cake to eat (for you and the otters!), crafts to make and games to play! Guided walks, feature films, including Flight of the Butterflies, and maple will complete the day.
Whenever there's snow on the ground, there are FREE snowshoes in all sizes you can borrow to explore the 31 acres around The Wild Center. Ready to try this new way to get outside in winter? It's as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. Join a Naturalist on a guided walk using snowshoes and you'll see all kinds of signs of wildlife adapted to live in the cold winters of the Adirondacks. Snowshoes are free with Wild Center admission.
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The award-winning movie that flies you into one of the most incredible migrations on Earth, and one man's search to unravel its mysteries is now on screen at The Wild Center.
Planet Adirondack is an amazing experience that features a floating interactive Earth where you can see how our world really works. There are hundreds of stories like the one in the video above, which shows planes taking off and landing around the planet. Our guided experience lets you ask the questions and watch the Earth answer in a rocket-science display of images and ideas. The experience uses enormous amounts of new knowledge and turns that into a chance for you to see the Adirondacks and the planet from a great informed new point of view.
Admission to the Hall of Planet Adirondack is included in your Wild Center admission.
With grateful appreciation for our partners in science at the NOAA and their important work to create and expand Science on a Sphere. ®
Flight of the Butterflies is wowing audiences in the Flammer Theater. Part of an all-day experience that lets you explore the wild nature of the Adirondacks.
There's a day's worth of things to see and do at the 54,000-square-foot Center and on our 31-acre campus.
Come explore the exhibit halls, meet one of our many animals at an animal encounter, take a snowshoe walk down to the Raquette River, join us for a live show, or watch Flight of the Butterflies, our featured film this season. It's all covered by your single admission.
We also have a full schedule of special events including snowshoeing to the Raquette, winter nature walks, special presentations, and off-site eXpeditions. You can pick up The Daily Explorer, available at the front desk to plan a full day at the Center.
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.
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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.
Whiteface isn’t always the coldest place in the Adirondacks, but it is one of the fiercest.
The average wind chill in January is -67° Fahrenheit. (-55°c)
The average temperature all year is exactly freezing.
The highest windspeed recorded matched the hurricane that devastated the American city of New Orleans, and that may be the record only because the summit weather rips apart the wind-measuring equipment.
Whiteface is tough and the life here meets her conditions with amazing tenacity.
During the sugaring season, we'll keep in touch with our Tupper Tappers through email.
Boundless opportunities await enthusiastic individuals breaking into the field of interpretation, natural history, guiding, animal care and more. Find out more about interns at The Wild Center.