Calendar of Events

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

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Wild Walk is an Elevating Experience

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

When? Wednesday, May 11th

What time? 10am

Curiosity opens up a world of possibilities – it’s what pushes us to keep learning, keep moving forward, and keep trying.  Spend the day around the exhibits and trails looking beneath the surface to discover mysterious unknowns. Why do skunks spray? What are snake’s scales made of?  We invite all students to delve into the natural world and awaken curiosity for all things untamed.

Check out the schedule for the day to see what we have planned for you and your family.

Each student is $6, one teacher per family is free. Other adults are $8. 

For more information or to RSVP, please call (518) 359-7800 x 112 or email

Wild Walk Reopens May 27, 2016

Please note.

Wild Walk is now closed. It reopens for the summer on May 27, 2016. All other Wild Center experiences remain open through the winter and spring seasons.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees Exhibit Opening

When? Friday, May 6th

What time? 10am

Seeing the Forest and the Trees features art from and about the northern forest. Multi-medium artwork from jury-selected artists will give you new perspectives on the forest AND the trees that give forests their essence and structure. Engaging exhibits, videos and an interactive art studio where visitors can make their own nature-based art, will add another level of excitement and fun to the experience.

Perfect Pictures Every Time with Carl Heilman

When?  Saturday, May 7th

What time?  10am - 6pm

This comprehensive 'Perfect Pictures Every Time' Photo Workshop for beginning and intermediate photographers features instruction on many facets of digital and film photography including - camera basics, digital camera features and menus, RAW files, digital workflow, lenses, depth of field, composition, lighting, and various photo techniques. This full 8 hour day features about 4 hours of instruction, Q & A, and working with the cameras at The Wild Center - followed by several hours of photography at nearby photo locations practicing camera techniques and photography principles.

This nature photography workshop is rated EASY - all of the photography will be reasonably close to the road, with minimal walking over rough or rocky terrain, with short hikes up to about one half mile.

Carl brings almost 40 years of photo experience and enthusiasm for many different aspects of photography to each workshop. A maximum of 10 participants, allows plenty of opportunities for individual interaction throughout the day on the different photo shoots.

The workshop fee includes all instruction and any handouts - but does not include lodging or additional meals. Please bring along whatever you would like for food and drink through the day. The workshop begins in the conference room at The Wild Center. We will carpool as needed to photo locations. 

Space is limited to 10 participants in these workshops.

Cost: $150 for members, $175 for non-members.

To register

The Once and Future Ocean

When? Sunday, May 8th

What time? 1pm

The ocean connects all things, from the atmosphere to the mountaintop, from the watershed to the aquifer, from the rivers and lakes to the coasts, and from the ocean's currents, up-wellings, and weather back into the air in a perpetual circle of sustainable value. The old paradigm is exhausted. A world of unrestricted growth based on consumption driven by fossil fuels must be now supplanted by a world of managed growth based on sustainability driven by the basic value of water and its equitable management, distribution, finance, and utility.  In an energetic and passionate presentation, author Peter Neill discusses why the ocean matters, what is the new paradigm, how we must develop "an ocean ethos," and offers examples of solutions and recommendations for change that are nascent and available if we will accept the responsibility and apply our social and political will.

Eat Some Bugs!

When? Saturday, June 4th

What time?  Chef Gordon at 1pm and activities throughout the day

By raising grasshoppers instead of cattle, we could curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent. Join the Chef David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook for an adventure in bug eating and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production— using crickets, mealworms and other eco-friendly alternatives to beef, chicken and pork. The program includes samples of an edible insect snack (or two) for the entire audience. In addition, insect themed programming and crafts will be occurring throughout the day.

Farmers Markets on Thursdays

When? Thursdays, June 9th - September 22nd

What time? 10am - 2pm

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.

Early Morning Paddle

When?  Friday, June 10th

What time? 8 - 10 am

Join a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on an early morning paddle along the Raquette River to meet some of the local wildlife and explore different marsh habitats as you wind around the many curves and turns of this special place. Mornings offer amazing opportunities to see and hear wildlife that may be quieter during later parts of the day. 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.

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

For additional details, please see our canoeing webpage.

Cost per Boat: $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

To register

Symphony of the Forest

When? Friday & Saturday, June 17th -18th

In the spring, the Adirondack forest comes alive at night with a deafening chorus of frogs, birds and insects. Join us for an exclusive Wild Walk event to experience nature’s symphony like you never have before. Walk among the treetops of the Adirondack forest under a full moon, overlooking a Raquette River marsh, immersed in the music of the forest. Join regional scientists and expert naturalists as you explore the cacophony of calls of frogs, insects, birds - and even bats.

Friday, June 17th

6:00 pm - Dinner will be provided at The Wild Center

7:00 pm - Presentation on sounds and the animals that make them in The Wild Center’s Theater

8:00 pm  - Go get some sleep because you’ll be getting up early 

Saturday, June 18th

3:00 am - Meet at Wild Walk - snacks, coffee and tea will be provided

3:00 am - 6:30 am - Explore the sounds of the forest with scientists and naturalists

Cost: $200 per person with hotel room, $150 per person without hotel room - includes dinner, admission to lecture event, a room for the night at a local hotel, and an early morning experience on Wild Walk. Pre-registration required, space limited.

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: $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Register here

SUP on the Raquette River

When? Daily during July & August

What time? 12 - 2 pm

Join a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on a daily Stand Up Paddle on the Raquette River. Meet some of the local wildlife and explore different marsh habitats as you gain a new perspective from a standing or kneeling position. This trip is geared to novice paddlers ages 10 and up. Children ages 10-15 must have at least 1 parent or guardian for every 2 children.

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

For additional details, see our SUP webpage.

Cost : $40/person for 1-3  people, or $35/person for  4+ people


Register Here

Art in the Park

When?  Mondays, July 11th - August 29th

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. Basic materials are included.

Cost: $25 members/$30 non-members.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta

When?  Thursday, July 14th

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. 

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, 15 and older. Members of The Wild Center may purchase tickets for $17. Children 14 and under are free. 

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. 

Purchase your tickets

Chamber Music in the Theatre

When? Monday, July 25th

What time? 7:30pm

An extraordinary trio comprised of Lake Placid Sinfonietta concertmaster Daniel Szasz, cellist Jia Kim, and violinist Areta Zhulla, will perform small works by Kodaly, Bartok and Handel, in the comfort of the museum’s Flammer Theater. Contributing to the immersive and intimate experience will be Rick Godin’s images of the Adirondack forest and mountains displayed behind the musicians. This hour long concert with no intermission is presented as part of the LP Sinfonietta’s Pro Musica series under the artistic direction of noted pianist Navah Perlman, who will be offering interpretive remarks at the performance.

Cost: $25 per ticket. An hour-long performance with no intermission. Light food and beverages available before and after.


Interpreting Nature through Tattooing

When? Saturday & Sunday, July 30th & 31st

What time? 1pm

Brucius is a renowned tattoo artist that uses his art to interpret science and nature. His black-ink style captures animals and plants with mind-blowing detail and realism. Brucius will be visiting from California for a long weekend at The Wild Center, where he will present about the evolution of the art of tattooing and his acclaimed style of inking science-based tattoos. He will also be inking tattoos over a live tattoo webcast while interpreting his process. Learn more about Brucius and his work.

The Monarch Migration

When?  Wednesday, August 3rd

What time?  6pm

Widely recognized as the world's foremost expert on monarch butterflies, Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar College, will be at The Wild Center for a free presentation.

For more than half a century Professor Lincoln Brower has been investigating the biology of the monarch butterfly.  Many of the widely known facts about monarchs which are presented in biology classes and nature documentaries have come out of his research on the monarch butterflies' chemical defense against predators and the ecological chemistry of the butterflies' interactions with their milkweed hostplants. 

In this lecture, copiously illustrated with photographs ranging from electron micrographs to satellite images, Professor Brower will present a first-person account of his field expeditions and lab explorations, and describe the current conservation issues that threaten the butterflies' unique migration and wintering biology.

The event is made possible by the generous support of and by Wild Center supporters. Following the event will be a short reception with refreshments.

Learn 10: Identifying Adirondack Trees

When?  Saturday, August 13th

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: Free but registration is required, museum admission is not included. 

To register

Wild Walk Full Moon Photo Tour with Carl Heilman

When?  Wednesday, August 17th

What time?  1 - 9pm

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to photograph alongside acclaimed wilderness photographer, Carl Heilman, on The Wild Center’s newest experience, Wild Walk. Utilizing his over 40 years of outdoor photography experience, Carl will provide insight and advice on how to capture the beauty of the wild Adirondacks.

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 8:30 PM or later.

The photo tour begins at The Wild Center for a quick introduction.

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops. 

Cost: $150 for members, $175 for non-members.

To register

Fall Landscapes and Waterfalls Photo Tour with Carl Heilman

When?  Sunday, September 25th

What time?  11am- 7pm 

Spend a day photographing the west central Adirondacks during the peak of fall color in the area, with Carl Heilman as your guide and instructor. After meeting briefly at The Wild Center for an introduction and to answer some initial questions, the rest of the day will be spent visiting and photographing at several different photo destinations along the roadways, lakes, and waterways within a reasonable distance of The Wild Center.

Photographer, Carl Heilman, has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970's and has been working with digital image files since 1997. He has led photo workshops since the early 1990's and has been presenting photography workshops in Brant Lake since 1997 through Wild Visions, Inc. His coffee table books on the Adirondacks, Lake George, New York State, and Maine have been published by Rizzoli, Voyageur Press, and North Country Books. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and he was interviewed for the May 2008 national PBS special, 'The Adirondacks'. His photo techniques book, The Landscape Photography Field Guide (2011 Focal Press), is a comprehensive handbook about landscape photography techniques. Photographing the Adirondacks (2013 Countryman Press), is a regional guidebook to more than 200 photo locations throughout the Adirondack Park.

The photo tour begins at The Wild Center for a quick introduction.

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops.

Cost: $150 for members, $175 for non-members.

To register

Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  On Fridays in the Winter and Spring (Columbus Day to Memorial Day [closed in April]; On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.

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. 

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

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