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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Family Sundays

When? Sundays from January 18th until March 29th

What time? Activities are throughout the day

Get your family out of the house for Family Sundays at The Wild Center. We invite you to spend your Sundays this winter with your family engaged in Wild Center programming that will keep you entertained, educated and warm during these long winter months.  Every week will feature a different nature themed watercolor painting project in Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art, our interactive space where you can discover the intersections of nature and art.  Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails to explore on your own or on a guided naturalist walk or simply relax inside with The Wild Center's river otters, a featured film and a warm beverage while you explore The Wild Center's exhibits and see an Adirondack animal up close.  

Sundays are free for members or with paid admission which includes free use of snowshoes. 

Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  Fridays

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. 

Fridays are for Members!

Every Friday is Member Day between Columbus Day and Memorial Day

  • Take advantage of a 20% shopping discount in our store, The Wild Supply Co.
  • Enjoy a 10% discount in our Waterside Café.
  • Visit our animals and their caretakers on a “Behind the Scenes” tour at 3:00 pm.

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

This movie will never make it to your iPadk

The Wild Center was the site of the world premiere of NASA's spherical film, Water FallsThe movie, about how eyes in space will help us know where water will fall, and fail to fall, in a world of changing climate, screens on the Center's Planet Adirondack globe. 

March Maple Madness

When? Every weekend in March

What time? Activities are throughout the day

Join The Wild Center in celebrating all things maple! Tour the sugar shack, try the maple quest, taste some maple treats at the cafe, and special programming celebrate the maple sugaring season.

On March 21st for NYS Maple Weekend we'll have Sugar house tours, family activities, maple specials at the cafe and tastings. Make some paper with the Peace Paper Project from 11am - 3pm. From 12pm-3pm taste a Maple Porter from Raquette River Brewing

On March 22nd, Adirondack musician Jamie Savage will help the maple celebrations between noon and 2pm. 

Otter Birthday Party

On March 29th celebrate with Louie, Remy, Squeaker, and Squirt at the annual Otter Birthday party with a carnival theme! There will be presents to unwrap (for the otters!), cake to eat (for you and the otters!), spun maple delight, a photo booth, crafts to make and carnival games to play! Guided walks, feature films, and maple will complete the day. 

Spring Lakes and Waterfalls Tour with Carl Heilman

When?  Saturday, May 9th

What time?  12:30 - 9pm

Focus on beautiful water features for this all day workshop. This photography tour is designed for those who are comfortable with camera basics such as exposure, the relationship between aperture, shutter, and ISO settings, and their creative options. The afternoon will start with a brief introduction and question and answer period and the rest of the day will be spent with the camera, photographing at several different nearby locations. Carl will be available throughout the afternoon to answer any additional questions and provide help and guidance in the different shooting situations.

We will travel to several destinations that are within about a half hour radius of Tupper Lake. The photo locations will include a variety of lakes, gentle cascades, waterfalls and spring landscapes. All of the locations will be near the road with minimal walking needed to access the photography sites, and we’ll work with the weather conditions of the day to choose the best locations to shoot. Sunset is about 8 PM, so there will be an opportunity to photograph the magic hour light as well as sunset light. The day will end about 8:30-9:00 PM. 

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops. The cost of each is $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register

Learn 10: Identifying Adirondack Trees

When?  Wednesday, July 22nd

What time?  1:00 PM - 5:00 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

Summer Days and Nights Photo Tour

When?  Saturday, August 22nd

What time?  2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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. The cost of each is $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register

Fall Landscapes and Full Moon Photo Tour

When?  Sunday, September 27th

What time?  11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

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. The cost of each is $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register