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


— 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.

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National Medal Finalist

The Institute of Museum and Library Services named The Wild Center as one of this year's 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Center is one of 15 museum finalists. The medal is the nation's highest honor for museums, recognizing institutions for their extraordinary public service and remarkable contributions to their communities. 

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Tap into Something Sweetk

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.

Enjoy your own taste of maple from the Wild Supply Co. store!

Road to the White House

One person’s idea can impact the world. That thought reveals itself every day. One person’s idea created a pivotal program at the Center that sent two people to the White House.  Gina Fiorile, an alumna of Saranac Lake High School and freshman at the University of Vermont, and Wild Center Director of Programs, Jen Kretser, joined other “Champions of Change for Climate Education and Literacy” at the White House on Monday, February 9th.  The  event celebrates Americans who are doing extraordinary work to enhance climate education and literacy in classrooms and communities across the country.   

Gina is being recognized as a “Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy” for her passion for the environment that developed in high school, where she took a leadership role in many projects related to waste reduction, environmental education, and climate-change mitigation.  Since freshman year, she was instrumental in planning The Wild Center’s annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, which has now been adopted in locations across the country as a model for environmental education.  She was a featured student in a recent PBS documentary The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change that followed the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit and its efforts to reduce the effects of climate change in the Adirondack Park.  She represents the many young people who are committed to climate action and the protection of our future environment. Gina is still involved in the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, leading the University of Vermont team during their inaugural involvement and inspiring a Vermont Summit shortly afterwards. 

Jen Kretser and GIna Fiorile with Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology & Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy


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. 


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!

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.