Welcome to The Wild Center

The Wild Center reopens May 2nd. We close annually for the month of April to refresh exhibits, and get the Center ready for the summer season.

The award-winning Center houses live exhibits and multi-media shows. This year we feature Moments, an experience all about how we see the fractions of time where nature lives. You can also experience Planet Adirondack, a new show with a giant floating Earth where you can see the planet come alive, and Flight of the Butterflies will be here until June 30, an award-winning film that follows an amazing winged migration.

You can explore the 31-acre campus and take a guided paddle on our section of the flat waters of the Raquette River. Inside there are plenty of hands-on activities and hundreds of live animals from rare native trout, to porcupines, hawks, and many other often hard-to-see residents of the woods and waters. 

This page has everything you need to plan your trip to the base camp for exploring the wild world around you. You can use the navigation at left for directions and other help.

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Last Chance for Flight of the Butterfliesk

The award-winning movie that flies you into one of the most incredible migrations on Earth, and one man's search to unravel its mysteries is now on screen at The Wild Center.

Live Museum Cam

Look down to find a link to our old cam showing the live view of The Wild Center. We will have a new version on this site soon, but until then, you can still see the old live view here.

 

See The Live View of The Wild Center here.

Paddle the Raquette Riverk

Want to get out on our river this Summer? 

The Wild Center canoe trip brings you even closer to the real nature of the Adirondacks. Each trip is led by a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center naturalist, ready to take you on an amazing trip through the Raquette River's Oxbow. You can paddle as a family, with up to 2 adults and 2 children per boat. The cost per boat is $25/members, $30/non-members.

These trips are offered only during the warmer months.  You can pre-register for the canoe trips online. 

Meet Lincoln Brower

Widely recognized as the world's foremost expert on monarch butterflies, Lincoln Brower will be at The Wild Center for a free presentation on June 26th.

The presentation coincides with the last screening days for Flight of the Butterflies, the award-winning documentary about monarchs that will end its run at the Center June 30th. You can read Brower's piece in The New York Times on the dying of the monarchs here.

The event is made possible by the generous support of AdkAction.org and by Wild Center supporters.

Image copyright Lincoln Brower

What the Press Says

"The wonderful Wild Center..." 

— Frommer's Guides

"linger in this glorious place..." 

— The Wall Street Journal

"..paradis pour les environmentalistes.." 

— Le Journal de Montreal

"stunning..." 

— The New York Times

"...the place to go.." 

— The Boston Globe

"a very interactive place.." 

— Montreal Gazette

"Stunning state-of the-art museum..." 

— Reader's Digest

"Don't miss The Wild Center.." 

— USA Today

"Family Fun Editor's Pick" 

— Family Fun

"...highlight of your visit.."

— BabyCenter.com

 

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See Planet Adirondackk

We have an entire hall dedicated to this giant globe experience where you can see the whole planet, and tons of stories that you can only really see from a space-age view.

Big Wolf Great Hall

Travel from the Hall of the Adirondacks into the Big Wolf Great Hall to see the Glacial Ice Wall and its moving story of the formation of the modern Adirondacks. Here you can see daily Animal Encounters and members of the Wild Center’s living collection.

Panoramas Theater

The Flammer Panoramas Theater features screenings of the award-winning Flight of the Butterflies, Carl Heilman’s Wild Adirondacks, and the award-winning film A Matter of Degrees narrated by Sigourney Weaver that explores the icy history of the Adirondacks. There are regular live presentations and other events in the theater as well.

Naturalists Cabinet

You can also relax in the Naturalists Cabinet with its collections and hands on exhibits. Look for the popular Raven machine that shows you how close you come to perfecting bird calls.

Seasons on Our River

See Four Seasons on the Oxbow

You can follow our trails down to the Oxbow Overlooks where this time sequence panorama showing the four seasons was filmed.

Guided canoe trips with Wild Center naturalists are also available to explore the Oxbows during the warm months of the year.

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The Flight of Lifek

These almost weightless insects can fly 2,800 miles to find a place they have never been. Learn more about their amazing lives here.

Wild Supply Co.

The Wild Center is home to the Wild Supply Co. store, with books, gifts, and a great selection of items you’ll find nowhere else. All profits from the store support the Wild Center mission.

Check It Out

See Lake Fish

See some of the fish that swim in the Deep Lakes at The Wild Center.

The New Path

The New Path is another outdoor exhibit that lets you see behind the scenes at The Wild Center's Silver LEED Certified green building practices. The trail leads you from the solar and living roof of the BioBuilding to the flushless composting toilets and the grassy parking lot. The Wild Center is the first LEED Certified museum in New York.

The Pond Loop

The Pond Loop Trail is fully accessible and has bridges that take you over the water. The osprey tower is also on the Pond Loop. 

The Meadow Bird & Oxbow Overlook

The Meadow Bird and Oxbow Overlook trails lead you past The Wild Center's Cairn down to special overlooks on an unusual oxbow on the Raquette River. The Canoe rides are located on this river.

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.

Flight of the Butterflies (44 Minutes)

Experience the most incredible journey on Earth...and one man's search to unravel its mystery.

Show times: 

  • 11:00
  • 2:00
  • 4:00

Don't have time for the full movie? Explore the magic of monarch migration during the abridged version of the film. (20 Minutes)

  • 12:00

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

Hiking at The Center

The video above shows a sample of trails that let you walk down to the wild Raquette river, around Greenleaf Pond or out to our private Bird Blind.