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 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.

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.

The Wilderness Within

When? Monday, September 8th

What time? 10:00 AM

An Artist Talk & Social Media Workshop with Holly Friesen

Poet and ecologist Gary Snyder said "It is in the deep mind that wilderness and the unconscious become one, and in some half-understood but very profound way, our relation to the outer ecologies seems conditioned by our inner ecologies. This is a metaphor, but it is also literal."

Artist Holly Friesen will speak about this very phenomena in the making of her own contemporary landscape paintings. Holly is a working artist based out of Montreal, Canada and has painted the boreal forests and precambrian rock of Northern Quebec for decades. She was first introduced to the Adirondacks last summer when she had a solo exhibition at the View Arts Center in Old Forge. Instantly smitten by the Adirondack landscape, she found a powerful draw to begin painting here as well. What draws one to a particular geographical place? Holly will speak to the potency of this "inner wilderness" which is at the core of her painting practice.

As the traditional art world shifts and changes Holly has found a freedom in promoting her work through social networking and direct sales. For the first time in history artists are able to connect directly with their viewers no matter how remote their location. The artist will speak of her own experiences sharing, promoting and selling while giving some helpful tips as to how any artist can do the same. 

The talk will be followed by a one hour workshop for a more individualized approach to building and maintaining an effective social media presence. We'll discuss how to get organized as well as practical ways to use social media communities and  tools to grow an awareness of your artwork. Artists of all types will benefit from the information shared in this workshop.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by AdkAction.org

Please 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.

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 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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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.

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
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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.