Farmers Markets on Thursdays, all summer

The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Market 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 from June 5 through September 25 from 11 am – 3 pm 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 Canoeing on the Raquette River

When?  Sundays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

What time?   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Join a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on this morning excursion on the Raquette River. After meeting as a group at the Center parking lot, we'll gear up then walk down to the Raquette River along Center’s trails, looking for wildlife along the way. At the river we will use our canoe fleet for a paddle along the Oxbow. Oxbows are unique, natural formations found in some rivers around the world. We will paddle around the many curves and turns of this special place in search of marsh animals, from birds to the occasional muskrat. Getting out on the water early increases your chances of seeing some of the local wildlife, including Great Blue Heron, Chestnut-sided and Yellow Warblers, various waterfowl, American Kestrel, many other birds, deer, moose and river otters.

This program is open to both experienced and 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. Registraton is required. Center admission is not included.

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

For more information and to register.

Art in the Park

Monday Morning Beginning Artists Series

When?  Mondays, August 4, 11, 18, 25

What time?   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Art enables us to experience nature - including the Adirondack Park - from a fresh perspective. Drawing and painting refines our observation skills and helps us notice new details like the purple-green scales on a fish or the unique way a flower unfurls its petals in the morning sunlight. Scientists and explorers have used art throughout the ages to open their eyes to the wonders of the natural world. Every Monday in July and August, we will host a two-hour adult beginner art classes taught by Wild Center staff and local guest artists. We hope you will be inspired to explore your artistic side and gain new insights into the natural world by joining us for Art in the Park. 

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Pablo Picasso

August 4th - Trees through the Seasons

August 11th  - Monarch Migration

August 18th - Painting the Landscape in Watercolor with Guest Artist, Tim Fortune 

August 25th - Telling a Story through Painting with Guest Artist, Georgeanne Gaffney

Have Breakfast with Wild Friends (Member only)

When?  Thursday, July 31st

What time?  8:15 AM

Join us for breakfast in the Great Hall, followed by a special program. Also a great opportunity to enjoy the new Moments exhibit. For members and their guests by reservation only, reserve your spot at least seven days in advance. ($5 per person, age 3 and under free)

• 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet is served

• 8:50 am Program begins

Click the date of your choice to register.

Wildflowers at The Wild Center

When? August 8

What time? Noon

Join Volunteer Naturalists Frank Lescinsky and Meg Randall for an in-depth exploration of wildflowers on the museum grounds. Frank will lead a wildflower walk at noon, followed by a chance to ask Meg questions about Adirondack wildflowers in the Big Wolf Great Hall. That day will also feature creating your own wildflower watercolors in our artist’s studio. 

Reimagine Nature, Artfully: Allen Blagden and Wildlife Art

When?  Thursday, August 21st

What time?  1:00 PM

Painting wildlife—animals, birds, and aquatic life in the wilderness with or without humans present—has an extensive history in American visual culture. Wildlife art has evolved over more than 400 years from illustration to art in two and three-dimensional form and in the print media. The genre’s aesthetics and imagery has also evolved and influenced our ideas about nature, wild life, habitats, ecology, and environment. Caroline Welsh will give a brief overview of the history of wildlife art and Allen Blagden’s contribution to it through the exhibition installed at The Wild Center. This event is free for members or with paid admission.

Fungi Foray eXpedition

When?  Friday, August 1st

What time?  9:00 am - 11:00 am

Mycologist Susan Hopkins will lead you on a walk through the trails by Little Clear Pond in search of fungi of all sorts: mushrooms, polypores, slime molds, and more. This program will be on mostly flat terrain, along DEC-maintained trails. When looking for fungi it helps to move slowly so this walk will be easy and slow-paced. 

Please be prepared with sturdy walking shoes, binoculars/field guides, appropriate outdoor clothing, bug spray, and water.

Space is limited to 12 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, a map and directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $5 members, $8 non members

Click here to register

Vacation Orientation

When? Mondays, August 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

What time? Doors open 8:45am, Breakfast between 9am-9:30am, Orientation 9:30am-10:00am

First time visitor to the Adks? Want to know what to do?

Come to Vacation Orientation at The Wild Center to find out about attractions, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more. In partnership with the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. 

There will be discount tickets, coupons and giveaways. 

Pancake breakfast available for $5.

Pre-registration is not necessary, but it helps us plan.

To register

Falconer Lecture Series: North Country Climatology - Global Weather Patterns and Impacts

When? Tuesday, August 5th

What time? 7:00 pm

In partnership with SUNY Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the Whiteface Mountain Observatory, The Wild Center is pleased to host North Country Climatology: Global Weather Patterns and Impacts as part of the Falconer Lecture Series.  Join two Meterologists from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, Conor Lahiff and Brooke Taber, as they unravel the mysteries of weather in the North Country. Why was last winter so cold? How are Adirondack weather patterns connected to more global weather events and to climate change? What kind of weather predictions are being made for the coming years? Meet the experts and learn about past, present, and future weather in the Adirondack Region.  This event is free and open to the public.  

For more information

BYOB Bog River Flow Paddle (Member only)

When?  Wednsday, August 6th

What time?  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Join Jen Kretser, The Wild Center’s Director of Programs and Hallie Bond, Adirondack historian, for a paddle along the beautiful Bog River exploring the natural and cultural history. A three-mile flatwater paddle will take us from Low’s Lower Dam to the Upper Dam on Hitchins Pond.  We’ll watch for bald eagles, osprey, otters, and moose along the winding waterway and wetlands. After this short paddle we will leave our boats and walk a two-mile round-trip on railroad grades and overgrown carriage roads with a lunch break along the way. During our travels we will explore the historical significance and remaining signs of this heavily used site from a long-ago era. Photographs and narrative will help us imagine this industrial heyday.  

In addition to approximately 7 total miles of paddling, this trip includes walking over uneven ground through waist-high grass and along a railroad grade (now a road). Participants will have the option for a 20-minute fairly steep hike up the ridge overlooking Hitchins Pond to the site of the Low memorial and a spectacular view before leaving.

Space is limited to 16 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, a map and directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $45, members only

For more information and to register.

See The Resilient Ones - A New Film

When? August 6th

What time? 2 pm

The Wild Center is featured in a new film from Mountain Lake PBS and Bright Blue EcoMedia.  The partners have teamed up for a moving film that looks at the predicted effects of climate change in the Adirondacks, and at the next generation of visionaries working to adjust to a changing planet.

In the film, three high school students take viewers on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators as they search for both short-term adaptive strategies to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. The students, Cody Bary, Erin Weaver, and Gina Fioreli gather experience and information as they prepare for and host The Wild Center's 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Each year the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit reaches more than 25,000 students represented by the 150 participants from 27 high schools, colleges and universities across the North Country. It has also reached across the Atlantic, as a model for a Finnish Youth Climate Summit. For the past five years the Summit has given students the tools to make changes in their own schools. The Summit has led to financial savings and shifts in mindsets across the Park.  Students who participated over the past few years returned to their schools implementing changes including creating school gardens to provide food for their cafeterias, expanding recycling and composting programs, and conducting carbon audits to provide baseline data for energy programs.  

The 2014 Summit will take place on November 12th and 13th. 

Learn More Here

Small Ensembles in the Theatre

When?  Thursday, August 7th

What time?  7:30 PM

As another collaboration of The Wild Center and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, this Ensembles concert – Musical Tapas – is comprised of small ensembles, a string quartet, a wind quintet and perhaps an unusual pairing or trio.  Each piece will be accompanied by selected images displayed on the theatre screen behind the performers. 

This is an hour-long event with no intermission.

Cost is $25 per ticket.

Click here to register

Grasse River Waterfalls Photography Workshop

When?  Sunday, August 10th

What time?  12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Along a 16 mile length of the Tooley Road in the NW corner of the Adirondack Park is easy access to a half dozen beautiful waterfalls. While this byway is off the beaten path, it's a great location to spend a day or more exploring and photographing the various waterfalls and cascades along the beautiful Grasse River. On the evening of Aug 10, the full moon will rise in evening light about 20 minutes before the 8:05 PM sunset.

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. During this 8 hour day we will start out with a very brief introduction / discussion and then will have the rest of the time to shoot and experiment with photo techniques in the field.

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. 

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

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Taste of the Adirondacksk

Thursday, August 14

The best tastes of the North Country are here for the eating and sipping at FlavorFest 2014. You pick up your Passport and head out for a day of great food in every direction. From maple, to meats, local beer and a great on-location Farmers Market, it's an all day festival of food.

Penguin Tango, Musical Theatre

When?  Friday, August 15th

What time?  7:00 PM

A costumed staged reading of this award winning Off-Broadway production - a charming comedy inspired by actual events at the Central Park Zoo.

 

All ticketing for this Wild Center event is through the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts: adirondackarts.org or 877-752-7715.

 

Cost: $15/member, $25/non-member

 

Botany eXpedition

When?  Tuesday, August 19th

What time?  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Botanist Dan Spada will lead this plant walk from the popular Scarface Mountain Trailhead in Ray Brook.  We will explore a tree plantation, riparian zone, and even visit a hidden bog. With these various habitats we will see many different species of plants. This walk follows maintained trails as well as a working railroad track. Please be prepared for walking across uneven and hilly terrain and have sturdy walking or hiking shoes, appropriate outdoor clothing, bug spray, water, and snacks.

Space is limited to 12 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, a map and directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $5 members, $8 non members

For more information and to register.

Essex Chain of Lakes Paddling eXpedition with Broadwing Adventures

When?  Sunday, August 24th

What time?  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Discover one of the newest additions to the Forest Preserve and explore waters only opened to the public since October 2013. This day includes 4 carries for a total of 1.5 miles and between 7.5 and 10 miles of paddling Second through Seventh Lakes, with the option of exploring First Lake and its outlet. Join us on secluded, quiet waters on this great recreational getaway for the novice or intermediate paddler. With 11 lakes and ponds interconnected or within portaging distance of each other, the Essex Chain provides an outstanding paddling route and a great opportunity to explore waters across a tract of land owned by Finch Pruyn & Company for over 100 years.

Lunch, shuttle transportation, and professional guide services are included with registration. Boat rental is available for an additional $30 per person. This day-long exploring of a secluded spot is intended for intermediate paddlers ages 12 and over who are able to paddle across multiple bodies of water over long distances. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 12 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $70 members, $75 non-members, plus $30 for boat rental if requested

For more information and to register.

BYOB Cedarlands Fall Paddle and Hike (Member only)

When?  Wednesday, September 3rd

What time?  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Wild Center naturalists along with Adirondack historian Hallie Bond will lead you on this one day paddling trip of discovery and exploration in a little known corner of the Adirondacks. On your guided exploration you will learn about the history, ecology and conservation of the Cedarland property. This paddle/hike is on lands that are part of the Cedarlands Boy Scout Camp, a property with restricted summer access. During this full day you’ll paddle a minimum of 3 miles on small lakes, do some short canoe carries, and hike up Mud Pond Mountain, a 1.6 mile round trip.

The day’s activity level is measured as moderate to high as this day requires the ability to paddle a moderate distance, complete short carries, and hike a moderately steep mountain. We will travel at a gentle pace to accommodate various ability levels, enjoying a pleasant lunch on top of Mud Pond Mountain.

Space is limited to 16 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, a map and directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $45, members only

For more information and to register.

Stony Creek Ponds and Raquette River Paddling eXpedition with Broadwing Adventures

When?  Saturday, September 13th

What time?  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This adventure starts on quiet Adirondack Ponds just 8 miles from The Wild Center. The resident pair of loons on these ponds is often spotted along this route.  Once entering pretty little Stony Creek travel is downstream all the way to the end of the trip.  After traveling for 2.5 miles paddlers will reach the Raquette River and float the remaining 8.5 miles to “the Crusher”. This ease and beauty of this trip makes it a true delight to paddle. This time of year the silver maples lining the Raquette River will be shades of red and purple with falling leaves floating along the river. Lower water levels will provide small beaches making for easy stops along the way.

Lunch, shuttle transportation, and professional guide services are included with registration. Boat rental is available for an additional $30 per person. This trip offers a great opportunity for paddlers with all levels of experience age 12 and over, who are able to paddle occasionally against wind. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 12 participants so please register soon. After registering you will receive detailed information including a gear list, directions to our starting point and more.

Cost: $70 members, $75 non-members, plus $30 for boat rental if requested

For more information and to register.

Thursdays are for Members!

Every Thursday is Member Day between Memorial Day and Columbus 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.
  • Summer Tours are offered on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday—FREE for members (fee for non-members).
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Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Summer & Fall.

What time?  3:00 PM during Summer & Fall.

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. 

Daily Canoe Trip

When? Daily from Saturday, June 28th until Monday, September 1st

What time? 2:00 PM - 4:00PM

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.

For more information and to register.

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

Fall Foliage Photo Tour with Carl Heilman

When?  Saturday, September 27th

What time?  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Understanding photography basics is the key to taking control of your camera, and knowing you got the shot when taking it. If would like to take your skill level from shooting in Auto to having full control over your camera, this intensive class is for you! A step by step presentation helps teach all aspects of landscape photography including: camera settings, peripheral equipment, perfecting exposure, histograms, shooting for HDR, working with motion and depth of field, composition, creative options, lighting, and also touches on post processing.

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. 

Click here to register
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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.