Plan a Visit

The Wild Center is open this season on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Whenever you choose to come, there are swimming otters, terrific engaging exhibits and plenty to explore outside and inside.

The award-winning Center houses live exhibits and multi-media shows. This summer, experience Moments, a brand new feature in the Center of the Pataki Hall of the Adirondacks, where you can explore how we see the wild world around us. We also feature Planet Adirondack, a new show with a giant floating Earth where you can see the planet come alive.

You can explore the 81-acre campus on marked trails. There are theaters with high definition films, 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.

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The Daily Schedule

Each day, join The Wild Center staff for live animal programs, Otter Enrichment, outdoor activities, and films in the Flammer Theatre. We also have special programs and events each week, including:

  • Behind the Scenes Tours: Fridays at 3:00. Space is limited; please register at the admissions desk when you arrive. Free for members; non-members $10/adults, $7/children

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

Campus Map

You can click here to open a new page with the map of our inside and outdoor experience. Suitable for printing, or downloading to your tablet.

Open the Campus Map Here

With Children

The Center is well-known as a great destination for families with children. Connecting children with nature is central to our mission. 

What to plan for with kids

Look at our Events

We have everything from canoeing the Raquette River, seeing the Earth through Planet Adirondack, interacting with live animals, and explorations all across the Adirondacks with naturalist guides. 

Check out our Calendar of Events for more info

With A Class

The Center has hosted tens of thousands of students in organized and self-guided experiences. There is a full education staff ready to help you create and run a special day at the Center for camps and K-12 classes.

Plan for a school visit

Accessibility

The Wild Center strives to provide everyone with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Adirondacks. We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our visitors, some of which are listed here:

  • Manual wheelchairs available for loan free of charge
  • Power scooter available – please call to reserve
  • Wagons/Strollers for children for loan free of charge
  • Universal design of main building and exhibit hall
  • Accessible loop trail (.2 miles) around Greenleaf Pond
  • Guided tour for the visually impaired (please call in advance to schedule)
  • Captioned videos in our Find Our Forest Exhibit
  • Captioning available on select theater movies, scripts available for others – please call in advance or request services at admissions
  • Assisted listening devices available for theater presentations and shows

You may also be interested on the John Dillon Park, a fully accessible wilderness facility and just a short drive from the Center. Call or email Tracy Thomas at (518) 359-7800 to consult about your needs.

Read The New York State Accessibility Report

Group Tours

The Wild Center welcomes groups

  • Tour Group Special Rates: $14 per person, Coach driver and host free
  • Private Animal Encounters offered with additional fee
  • Box or Buffet Lunch available with advance reservation
  • Waterside Cafe includes outdoor seating in season
  • Full drop off and pick up entrance
  • Ample parking
  • Wheelchair accessible – wheelchairs available at admissions 
  • Gift Shop with everything from jewelry and books to apparel

Call or e-mail Sally Gross at 518-359-7800 x 116