Calendar of Events

Major upcoming events are highlighted below. See the full slate of planned activities at the Center on our online calendar.

We are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Wild Walk Will be Elevating

A short look at leaving earth, by taking a Wild Walk.

Take Flight

When?  Saturday, July 18th

What time?  10am-6pm

Much of the life around Wild Walk is up in the air: flying squirrels, birds, butterflies, bats, and you! Take Flight will get everyone who visits off the ground and into the world of flight.

What is life like up among the wind, clouds, trees, above the rivers, lakes, and ground? Experience life up in the air – for birds, animals, and people - at this day-long event. Watch birds in flight, test your balance above ground on a slackline, fly through an obstacle course that exercises the senses, try your balance on a climbing wall, watch others balance on a waterline and much more. Through the eyes of a raptor catching prey, over tops of the trees on Wild Walk, see the Adirondacks from a whole new perspective.


Our thanks goes to Renzi Foodservice for their sponsorship of this event.

Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  Thursdays, between now and Columbus Day (Oct 12); on Fridays in the Winter and Spring (Columbus Day to Memorial Day [closed in April]

What time?  3:00 pm

Explore behind the curtain where practices and ideas combine to bring The Wild Center experience to life. Take a closer look at our green energy system, learn how our life support system keeps the trout and otters happy, and visit with our wild animal ambassadors behind the scenes.  

Cost: Behind the Scenes Tours are free for Members. Non-members can participate for a fee of $10 for adults and $7 for children age 4-14, with no charge for children 3 and under. 

Maker Day: Opening of Wild Walk

When? Saturday, July 4th

What time? 10am - 6pm

A special day with the makers of Wild Walk on hand - from the exhibit team to the fabricators, and the architects who designed the structure. This will be the official skybreaking event. There will be opportunities throughout the day to explore Wild Walk on your own or take a more in depth look with a naturalist on special tours throughout the day. The Wild Walk Makers team will be on deck to answer any questions as well as participate in a panel to talk about what went into creating this one of a kind experience. Learn about sun spotting with the Adirondack Public Observatory, try your hand at building your own Wild Walk from natural materials, create a tower hat, or visit with a naturalist for the unveiling of brand new programs at the Center. Experience nature from a new perspective with the official opening of Wild Walk.


A sincere thank-you goes to our sponsor, The Hearst Corporation for supporting the Wild Walk opening events on July 3 and 4, 2015.  

Art in the Park

Monday Morning Beginning Artists Series

When?  Mondays, July 13th - August 31st

What time?   10am - 1pm

Join The Wild Center again this summer to awaken your artistic talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks.  Monday mornings in July and August come explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.  Each three hour class is a good way to expand your art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media.   We hope you’ll be inspired to explore your artistic side and gain new insights into the natural world in the process by joining us for Art in the Park.

Every Monday will have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance your artistic knowledge so sign up for one or more.  Museum admission is not included.  Space is limited so please register soon. Pre-registration is required. Basic materials are included.

Cost:  $25 members/$30 non-members (per session)

July 13th & July 27th
Medium: Printmaking
Guest Artist: Carol Marie Vossler

July 20th & August 31st   
Medium: Pastels / Drawing
Guest Artist: Frances Gaffney

August 3rd & August 10th  
Medium: Watercolor  
Guest Artist: Tim Fortune

August 17th & August 24th
Medium: Acrylic / Mixed Media
Guest Artist: Georgeanne Gaffney


Art in the Park is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Films in the Panoramic Flammer Theater

These are the films that show daily at our very own Flammer Theatre. Show times are subject to change.

Wild Adirondacks (18 Minutes)

Enjoy the wonders of the Adirondacks through the stunning photography of Carl Heilman.

Show times:

  • 10:30
  • 3:00

Ride of the Mergansers (11 Minutes)

Watch merganser chicks make their way into the world. Perfect for younger audiences.

Show times: 

  • 12:30

A Matter of Degrees (25 Minutes)

Travel back to the age of mastodons and ice to see the difference a few degrees can make. 

Show time:

  • 3:30

Farmers Markets on Thursdays

When? Thursdays, June 4th - September 17th

What time? 11am - 3pm

The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Markets where you can meet farmers and take home some of the good local food grown in the Adirondack region. The Wild Center has joined with The Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative, Inc. to bring this market to our campus once a week all summer and into the fall.

Farmer Markets will take place every Thursday in The Wild Center's Esplanade Tent. This year’s market features a variety of vendors including fresh vegetables, meat, honey, crafts and cheeses. All related Farmer Market outdoor programming is free and open to the public whether you have a WIld Center ticket or not. Each Thursday there are opportunities to purchase local farm products, speak with farmers about, and participate in special weekly food events.

Canoeing the Raquette River

When?  Daily in July and August

What time 2 - 4 pm

Join a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on a daily paddle along the Raquette River. Oxbows are unique, natural formations found in rivers around the world. Meet some of the local wildlife and explore different marsh habitats as you wind around the many curves and turns of this special place. This trip is geared to novice paddlers ages 5 and up. Children ages 5 through 15 must have at least 1 parent or guardian present for every 2 children.

Register soon as space is limited. Museum admission is not included.

For additional details, please see our canoeing webpage.

Cost per Boat: $25 for members, $30 for non-members.

To register

A Grand Night for Singing

When?  Friday, July 10th

What time?  7pm

An exciting showcase of the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue of time-tested classics intermixed with some lesser known selections from these masters of American musical theatre. Featuring songs from hits like Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I and South Pacific, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, State Fair, and Flower Drum Song. Presented by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


All ticketing for this Wild Center event is through the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts: or 877-752-7715. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 


Cost: $15/member, $25/non-member, $6 children under 6 (Member discount applies to members of The Wild Center, as well as Center of the Arts members.)

Lake Placid Sinfonietta

When?  Thursday, July 16th

What time? 7:30 pm

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta performs in the Center’s Big Wolf Great Hall for a concert that has become an annual tradition, and which often sells out. This is the thirteenth year the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will travel to Tupper Lake to share their wonderful music.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, 14 and older. Members of The Wild Center may purchase tickets for $17. Children 13 and under are free. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Begin the evening with a pre-concert, “summer picnic” buffet in The Wild Center’s Esplanade Tent on Greenleaf Pond, offered from 5:30 to 6:45. Grilled marinated tenderloin will be served chilled w/horseradish mayonnaise & artisan Rolls, along with garden fresh green salad, marinated cucumber, tomato & onion salad, lemon herb chicken w/rosemary & quinoa, potato salad, Viennese dessert buffet, coffee station, soft drinks, beer and wine. The cost of dinner, $25.00 per person, is in addition to the concert fee. Reservations for the dinner are required by July 10.

Click here to register

Learn 10: Identifying Adirondack Trees

When?  Wednesday, July 22nd

What time?  1 - 5 pm

Join botanist Dan Spada at The Wild Center for this excursion to identify 10 native tree species in the field. Instruction will be provided on the use of keys and guides to be able to identify trees and other plants. This program includes a short lab inside to introduce the program and some terminology. Most of our time will be spent outside on our trails and in the woods. This is a great opportunity to learn plant identification in the field and to get familiar with the keys and other tools used to identify trees. Participants will also create their own identification keys using specimens or field sketches.

Space is limited to 15 participants so please register soon. 

Cost: $25 members, $30 non members

To register

Allen Blagden in Moments

When?  Thursday, July 23rd

What time?  4pm

Join us for an afternoon in Moments for the opportunity to meet our featured artist, Allen Blagden, and take a closer look at natural moments he has captured in his art.  Experience Allen’s art up close as you watch him paint in real time to learn more about his artistic process.  This is a great opportunity to engage Allen in informal conversations to learn more about his rich art background and how the Adirondacks continue to inspire his creativity.  

Allen Blagden is one of the nation's leading watercolorists. His penetrating renderings of sky and water, people, animals and landscapes fall within the academic traditions of the best of American realist painting. His original artwork is displayed and on sale, and a variety of art and nature activities will occur in the Artist Studio located in the center of the exhibit space.  A reception will follow the demonstration from 6pm - 7pm in Moments. Free for members or with paid admission.  

Play Outside

When?  Sunday, August 2nd

What time?  10am - 6pm

It’s summer, and this day will celebrate Wild Walk as a place where you can get close to the wild, and have fun. There will be a live wolf on campus (close to the wild!) and opportunities to climb trees, stomp through the woods and make your own recipe for the perfect Adirondack mud pie (Can you win the contest for the tallest, stickiest, mud dessert?). 

You can head to the Pines Play Area to build shelters, big and small, and get a chance to sense what it would be like to build your own home. The day will also feature a campus-wide treasure hunt with clues that will lead to a worthy prize and new understanding of how nature works (such as, did you know some local spider babies spin ‘balloons’ they can ride for more than a thousand miles?). The puzzles will not be simple to solve and you are invited to solve them in groups, or ask people along the trails to give you hints and tips.

Summer Days and Nights Photo Tour

When?  Saturday, August 22nd

What time?  2 - 10pm

Late August is a wonderful time in the Adirondacks. Summer breezes ripple the surface of the beautiful lakes and ponds, and puffy clouds decorate the sky. Since most of summer’s humid days are in the past, sunsets can be quite dramatic, and nights may be clear and crisp.  This workshop will take full advantage of The Wild Center’s grounds, wandering the Center’s trails, water features, and new Wild Walk. You’ll photograph flowers, possibly wildlife, wander the trail to the Raquette River observation deck, and photograph above the tree tops from the elevated Wild Walk while practicing various shooting techniques through the afternoon, evening, and night.

The afternoon will start in the Wild Center conference room with a brief introduction, followed by a discussion on night photography and question and answer session. Afterward, we’ll spend the rest of the day photographing around The Wild Center. There will be some walking involved but there is easy access to any of the photo locations. All types of camera equipment could be used including macro lenses and extension tubes, and wide angle and telephoto lenses. Depending on the weather, we might drive to additional destinations within a short drive of The Wild Center, but we would stay within the Tupper Lake area. 

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops. 

Cost: $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register

Fall Landscapes and Full Moon Photo Tour

When?  Sunday, September 27th

What time?  11am- 7pm 

Spend a day photographing the west central Adirondacks during the peak of color, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. After meeting briefly at The Wild Center for an introduction and initial overview, the rest of the day will be spent photographing at several different nearby locations including lake and mountain vistas. This tour will take full advantage of the fall foliage and colorful landscape.

This nature photography tour is designed for those who are already comfortable with camera basics such as the relationship between aperture, shutter, and ISO settings. Most of this eight hour day will be spent outside in the field, taking photos and experimenting with photo techniques. We can carpool for anyone returning back to Tupper Lake, but otherwise it will be best to drive. Since we will be in the field most of the day, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water, and any extra clothing for the day. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual, and extra memory cards. One of the goals of the day is photographing the full moon in the evening sky, so we'll also find a nice location to do moonrise / twilight photos. If conditions are good, we could be photographing until 7:30 PM or later. 

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops.

Cost: $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register

New Perspectives Photo Contest

A contest to showcase new points of view into nature. Under water, along the treetops, inside a flower. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges who will look for creative perspective, quality of light and an image that surprises in the way it presents something from a different point of view, helping us all see deeper into the natural world. Upload your image below, visit our Facebook page or use #WildWalkNewPerspective on Twitter & Instagram to enter.

Winner will get a great camera for shooting this kind of image. It's made for tough use, including underwater. Now in rain, swimming, or on a rock climb you can bring this tough-skinned digital camera along to capture new perspectives. 

Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.