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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Farmers Markets on Thursdays

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 18 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.

Fall Foliage Photo Tour with Carl Heilman

When?  Saturday, September 27th

What time?  11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Understanding photography basics is the key to taking control of your camera, and knowing you got the shot when taking it. If you 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. 

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Learn about Green Building during our October Community Free Day!

When? Saturday, October 4th

What time? Activities are throughout the day

Learn about the latest green technology, materials and services from providers in your area and network with hundreds of fellow community members and guests. Many local, regional and national manufacturers, suppliers and service providers will be there! 

Kevin Stack will talk at 1pm about designing and building in nature's image. Tour The Wild Center's campus with a focus on our LEED certification, the first museum certification in New York State. 

Admission to The Wild Center is free all day!

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 Thursdays —FREE for members (fee for non-members).
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Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  Thursdays 

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. 

Canoe Trip

When? Saturdays and Sundays from September 6th to September 28th

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.

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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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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.