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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A short look at leaving earth, by taking a Wild Walk.

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Farmers Markets on Thursdays

When? Thursdays, June 4th - September 17th

What time? 11am - 3pm

The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Markets 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 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.

Behind the Scenes Tours

When?  Thursdays, between now and Columbus Day (Oct 12); on Fridays in the Winter and Spring (Columbus Day to Memorial Day [closed in April]

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. 

Art in the Park

Monday Morning Beginning Artists Series

When?  Mondays, July 13th - August 31st

What time?   10am - 1pm

Join The Wild Center again this summer to awaken your artistic talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks.  Monday mornings in July and August come explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.  Each three hour class is a good way to expand your art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media.   We hope you’ll be inspired to explore your artistic side and gain new insights into the natural world in the process by joining us for Art in the Park.

Every Monday will have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance your artistic knowledge so sign up for one or more.  Museum admission is not included.  Space is limited so please register soon. Pre-registration is required. Basic materials are included.

Cost:  $25 members/$30 non-members (per session)

July 13th & July 27th
Medium: Printmaking
Guest Artist: Carol Marie Vossler

July 20th & August 31st   
Medium: Pastels / Drawing
Guest Artist: Frances Gaffney

August 3rd & August 10th  
Medium: Watercolor  
Guest Artist: Tim Fortune

August 17th & August 24th
Medium: Acrylic / Mixed Media
Guest Artist: Georgeanne Gaffney

 

Art in the Park is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

Canoeing the Raquette River

When?  Daily in July and August

What time 2 - 4 pm

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.

To register

New Perspectives Photo Contest

A contest to showcase new points of view into nature. Under water, along the treetops, inside a flower. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges who will look for creative perspective, quality of light and an image that surprises in the way it presents something from a different point of view, helping us all see deeper into the natural world. Upload your image below, visit our Facebook page or use #WildWalkNewPerspective on Twitter & Instagram to enter.

Winner will get a great camera for shooting this kind of image. It's made for tough use, including underwater. Now in rain, swimming, or on a rock climb you can bring this tough-skinned digital camera along to capture new perspectives. 

Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.

 

Summer Days and Nights Photo Tour

When?  Saturday, August 22nd

What time?  2 - 10pm

Late August is a wonderful time in the Adirondacks. Summer breezes ripple the surface of the beautiful lakes and ponds, and puffy clouds decorate the sky. Since most of summer’s humid days are in the past, sunsets can be quite dramatic, and nights may be clear and crisp.  This workshop will take full advantage of The Wild Center’s grounds, wandering the Center’s trails, water features, and new Wild Walk. You’ll photograph flowers, possibly wildlife, wander the trail to the Raquette River observation deck, and photograph above the tree tops from the elevated Wild Walk while practicing various shooting techniques through the afternoon, evening, and night.

The afternoon will start in the Wild Center conference room with a brief introduction, followed by a discussion on night photography and question and answer session. Afterward, we’ll spend the rest of the day photographing around The Wild Center. There will be some walking involved but there is easy access to any of the photo locations. All types of camera equipment could be used including macro lenses and extension tubes, and wide angle and telephoto lenses. Depending on the weather, we might drive to additional destinations within a short drive of The Wild Center, but we would stay within the Tupper Lake area. 

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops. 

Cost: $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register

Fall Landscapes and Full Moon Photo Tour

When?  Sunday, September 27th

What time?  11am- 7pm 

Spend a day photographing the west central Adirondacks during the peak of color, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. After meeting briefly at The Wild Center for an introduction and initial overview, the rest of the day will be spent photographing at several different nearby locations including lake and mountain vistas. This tour will take full advantage of the fall foliage and colorful landscape.

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. Most of this eight hour day will be spent outside in the field, taking photos and experimenting with photo techniques. We can carpool for anyone returning back to Tupper Lake, but otherwise it will be best to drive. Since we will be in the field most of the day, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water, and any extra clothing for the day. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual, and extra memory cards. One of the goals of the day is photographing the full moon in the evening sky, so we'll also find a nice location to do moonrise / twilight photos. If conditions are good, we could be photographing until 7:30 PM or later. 

Space is limited to 8 participants in these workshops.

Cost: $135 for members, $150 for non-members.

To register