Plan a Visit

The Wild Center is on winter hours and is open three days a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. 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. Next summer, experience Wild Walk when it reopens on May 27, 2016 - where you can get a truly elevating perspective on the living wild forest. We also feature Planet Adirondack, an exhibit 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.

Please note we are closed the entire month of April.

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Wild Walk Reopens May 27, 2016

Please note.

Wild Walk is now closed. It reopens for the summer on May 27, 2016. All other Wild Center experiences remain open through the winter and spring seasons.

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.

The Wild Center is closed until May 6th.

Tuesday, May 03

Please note that the Wild Walk experience reopens May 27, 2016.

When? Wednesday, May 11th

What time? 10am

Curiosity opens up a world of possibilities – it’s what pushes us to keep learning, keep moving forward, and keep trying.  Spend the day around the exhibits and trails looking beneath the surface to discover mysterious unknowns. Why do skunks spray? What are snake’s scales made of?  We invite all students to delve into the natural world and awaken curiosity for all things untamed.

Check out the schedule for the day to see what we have planned for you and your family.

Each student is $6, one teacher per family is free. Other adults are $8. 

For more information or to RSVP, please call (518) 359-7800 x 112 or email

Campus Map

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

Open the 2-Page 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


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
  • Accessible Wild Walk
  • 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

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 Wild 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 museum.

Plan a school visit

Group Visits

Groups of 10 or more people are able to receive a discount. Please review our group rates to see what will work best for you. We ask that you plan ahead and make a reservation for your group at least two weeks in advance.


Already have an idea for a group visit? Start the process now with our online reservation form and our Group Sales Coordinator will contact you to finish the reservation.