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. 

Winter Week

PRESIDENTS WEEK 2015

Celebrate Winter Week at The Wild Center, February 13th – February 22nd, with a week of wintery Adirondack fun. Each day has a new winter theme and activities for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to special winter programming there will be guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters, warm winter beverages, and wintertime crafts offered daily.  Free for members or with paid admission.

 

Friday, February 13th
Fur and Feathers
A human beats the winter chill with coats and hats, but the wildlife in the Adirondacks need to stay warm in other ways. Join The Wild Center to find out how animals cope with the frigid cold this area throws at them.

 

Saturday, February 14th
Become an Animal Tracker
Join Vince Walsh for a day on animal tracking and signs to learn how you can see, identify and interpret the natural world of the Adirondacks.  Vince will share his experience and insight through multiple public programs starting with a 12:00 pm theater presentation on winter and its influences on animal behavior.  Then bring your tracking questions, pictures and stories to Vince as he puzzles over your tracking experiences and discoveries. Don’t forget to bring some warm clothes so at 2:00 pm you can head outside to practice your tracking skills and use all your senses to see what evidence of animals you can find in the Adirondack forest.  Snowshoes will be provided free with admission. 

 

Sunday, February 15th
Mohawk Legends and Tales
Join artist and storyteller David Kanietakeron Fadden from the Six Nations Indian Museum at 1:00 pm for traditional Mohawk stories that have been passed from generation to generation. These stories, often centered on different animals, offer young people a chance to look at the world around them in new ways. Following the presentation meet some of The Wild Center’s animals featured in the stories.

 

Monday, February 16th
Mammal Monday
Many animals leave or sleep through the winter, but some stay active. Join The Wild Center staff at programs throughout the day to learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that still can be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join wildlife technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails at 2:00 pm with a naturalist and learn about how small mammals survive during the cold winter season.

 

Tuesday, February 17th
Catch or Cache?
When the mountains are covered in snow, meals can be hard to come by. Come by The Wild Center to meet some Adirondack animals and learn how they find their food in the winter. Take a walk on our trails to see if you can spot the signs of someone’s lunch or dinner then stop by our café and have a bite yourself!

 

Wednesday, February 18th
Winter Woods
Bare branches and snow-covered pines make the forest seem a peaceful place in winter. But can you tell those evergreens apart, or find a birch tree without its leaves? Stop by Moments to make your very own watercolor winter wonderland. At 12:00 pm join a Wild Center naturalist to identify trees we have across our property.

 

Thursday, February 19th
Hidden Homes
While you are cozied up in your warm house, have you ever thought about where Adirondack animals are spending the night? Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals and learn where they find shelter during the colder months. After the program, head over to Moments to create your own watercolor home or cozy up with a book in our Naturalist Cabinet.

 

Friday, February 20th
Frigid Friday
Data obtained from tracking over 12 years of Adirondack winters have shown how Lake Placid, Cascade, and Tupper lakes freeze.  They are unique, having geometrically distinct sets of ice crystals and absolute beauty in the colorful patterns observed with polarized lenses through thin sections of the ice from the lakes.  Join Dr. Wasilewski at 1:00pm in the theater as he discusses why the frozen ice crystals on these lakes are unique.  Additionally, he will illustrate the beauty of the ice rinks at the Olympic Center, the fascination of the Adirondack icicles, and the colorful differences of the curves and straight-aways on the Bobsled run.

 

Saturday, February 21st
Call of the Wild
Why are wolves a keystone species and how did we got dogs from wolves? Join Steve and Wendy Hall from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Kiska, one of their resident wolves, at 1:00 pm as they talk about wolves’ role in the wild and their interactions with humans. Free for members or with paid admission.  

 

Sunday, February 22nd
Sharing the Slopes
Before our week runs out, come discover the wildlife you’ll see out and about this season. Meet some of The Wild Center’s animals that we share this winter habitat with and find out some of the intriguing ways they make the Adirondacks home.

American Marten Image Courtesy of NYS DEC

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.
Belong to enjoy benefits like these

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. 

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 some local beers with Raquette River Brewery. 

March Maple Madness for Members

When? Sunday, March 1st

What time? Activiies are throughout the day

Join us as we start our month long maple celebration during March. A free pancake breakfast for members will happen from 9am to 10:30am. Join us for a presentation at 10:30am featuring an overview of The Wild Center’s maple program and maple sugaring in the Adirondacks. Don’t forget to stop by and visit with an Adirondack Museum historian and check out some old school maple artifacts. 

The day also includes 20% off in store, 10% in café, sample maple foods, beer tasting, sugar shack tours, a Maple Quest for kids, animal encounters and a snowshoe hike. These event is free for members and their guests. 

To help us plan for the member pancake breakfast, please rsvp@wildcenter.org or call 518 359 7800.

Go on a Winter Birding eXpedition

When? Saturday, March 7th

What time? 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Travel through the central and eastern Adirondacks to the Lake Champlain valley on an all-day winter birding eXpedition. Ornithologist and NYS Guide Alan Belford will take you to some of the best winter birding spots in the region. The Lake Champlain Valley is one of the best areas to go birding in the North Country. The lake attracts a diversity of waterfowl from fall through spring, and March is a great time to find them as they migrate north along the lake.

The area will be explored using vehicles as we drive the roads along the lake, stopping in various habitats for short easy walks along roads, or to scope open areas and the lake. Wear warm clothing (bring extra), and bring plenty of food and water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. The Wild Center will provide a few extra pairs of binoculars if needed. It will be a great day to be out and explore!

Cost: $50/members, $55/non-members

Photo Credit: David Hemmings

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Otter Birthday Party

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