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. 

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.

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

This movie will never make it to your iPadk

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 a Maple Porter from Raquette River Brewery. 

March Maple Madness for Members

When? Sunday, March 1st

What time? Breakfast is 9:00 to 10:30 AM; Activities throughout the day

Join us as we begin our month long maple celebration during March. It all starts with a pancake breakfast from 9am to 10:30am. Then we have special presentations at 10:30 featuring an overview of The Wild Center’s maple program and of 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. 

We'll premiere some Maple Movies at 1pm, enjoy these sweet stories. The day also includes discounts in store, maple foods to try, a Maple Porter beer tasting by Raquette River Brewery, sugar shack tours, a Maple Quest for kids, and animal encounters. This event is free for members and their guests, as well as for the Tupper Tappers who participate in The Wild Center's Maple Project. For others, the price of admission provides access to all the activities.

To help us plan for the pancake breakfast, please 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

This event is now sold out. Please call (518) 359-7800 to be added to the waitlist. 

Photo Credit: David Hemmings

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.