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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Family Weekends

When? Saturdays and Sundays from January 16th until March 26th

What time? Activities are throughout the day

Get your family out of the house for Family Weekends at The Wild Center.  Every week will feature a different nature themed watercolor painting project in Moments, 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.  Family Weekends are free for members or with paid admission which includes free use of snowshoes.

Wild Walk is an Elevating Experience

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

Winter Week - Open All Week


Don’t miss winter time fun at The Wild Center. Each day from February 12 – February 21 we will have a winter theme and special activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Wild Center will be open all week from February 12-February 21 with winter programming, including guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, and wintertime watercolor projects. Free for members or with paid admission.

March Maple Weekends

When?  March 18th - 20th in the museum and April 1st - 3rd outside at the sugar shack

What time? Activities are throughout the day

Come out to celebrate NYS Maple Weekends at the Wild Center’s Sugar Shack. Join us for special maple themed programs, sugar shack tours, maple specials at the Waterside Cafe, and a taste of fresh syrup right out of the pan. Come out back to the sugar shack April 1st - 3rd for the second NYS Maple Weekend (Museum will be closed for exhibit updates during the month of April). 

On Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 am - 10:30 am join us for our Annual Pancake Breakfast during the NYS Maple Weekend. Come on out for delicious pancakes topped with our Tupper Tapper maple syrup made onsite in the Wild Center’s Sugar Shack. Spend the rest of the afternoon celebrating with us, including maple-themed programs, sugar shack tours, and a taste of fresh syrup. Pancake breakfast is free for members or with paid admission. 

Otter Birthday Party

On March 26th celebrate with Louie, Remy and Squirt at the annual Otter Birthday Party! Play games, make crafts, and have a slice of birthday cake with our three furry friends.

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.

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

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 Thursdays 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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