Calendar Highlights

Major upcoming events are highlighted below. See the full slate of planned activities at the Wild Center on our online calendar.

Wake up on the Raquette

When? Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 8-10am
*Registration required

Wake up on the Raquette River by joining a NYS Licensed Guide and Wild Center Naturalist on an early morning paddle.

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Farmers Market

When? Every Thursday from June 8th until September 14th, 10am – 2pm

The Wild Center hosts weekly Farmers Markets where you can meet local farmers and take home some of the wonderful local food grown in the Adirondack region.

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Symphony of the Forest

When? Saturday, June 10th
What time? 4–8am
*Registration required

When dawn breaks, the Adirondack forest comes to life. In the early hours the air fills with the sound of birds, a sure sign that the day has begun. Join us for an exclusive Wild Walk event to experience nature’s symphony like you never have before.

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Pollinator Week

When? June 19th - 25th

Take a moment and join The Wild Center as we delve deeper into the story of these creatures, whose fate is connected with our own.

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Bee Good to our Pollinators with Cornell Extension Master Gardeners

When? Saturday, June 24th
What time? 10am–6pm

Jolene Wallace, Horticulture Program Educator for Cornell Extension, will be coming to The Wild Center along with two Master Gardeners to lead hands-on pollinator programs for visitors of all ages.

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Backyard Beekeeping Workshop with Local Living Venture & The Wild Center

When? Saturday, June 24th
What time? 1–4pm
*Registration required

If you have ever dreamed of keeping honeybees or you simply find them fascinating, then this class is for you.

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Arts Evening at The Wild Center

When? Friday, June 30th
What time? 6–8pm
*Registration required *Members Only

An after-hours reception featuring three new artistic endeavors at The Wild Center.

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Wednesday Mornings on Wild Walk for Members

When? Wednesdays in July and August, 8-10 am
*Members Only

Members can enjoy Wild Walk before it opens every Wednesday morning in July and August.

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Wild Walk Full Moon photo tour with Carl Heilman

When? Saturday, July 8th
What time? 3–11pm
*Registration required

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to photograph alongside acclaimed wilderness photographer, Carl Heilman, on The Wild Center’s newest experience, Wild Walk.

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Art in the Park with Carol Marie Vossler: Monotype with Gelli Prints

When? Monday, July 10th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. In this workshop participants will learn how to make monotype prints pulled from a substrate called Gelli plates.

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Chill Out on Wild Walk

When? Tuesday, July 11th
What time? 8–10am
*Registration required *Members Only

Take a morning stretch, try some yoga, have a quick chair massage, and grab a light breakfast bite while enjoying the morning views from Wild Walk before it opens to the public. Now that’s the ultimate way to start your day.

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Hands-on Planting with Pollinator Friendly Flowers

When? Thursday, July 13th
What time? 11am–2pm

Learn how to imbue your landscape with beauty while providing food for pollinators. The Adirondack Garden Club will be on hand to share their wisdom about creating a space for pollinators at your home.

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More than Honey Film Screening

When? Thursday, July 13th
What time? 1–3:30pm

From Markus Imhoof (the director of the Academy Award nominated film THE BOAT IS FULL) More than Honey tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.

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Book signing: “In Praise of Poison Ivy” and “leaflets three, let it be!” by Anita Sanchez

When? Saturday, July 15th
What time? 1–3pm

Deadly. Powerful. Beautiful. The much-hated plant called poison ivy is all of these things and more. Find out more about the many roles of poison ivy in both human and natural history with author, Anita Sanchez. Book signing to follow.

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Art in the Park with Cris Winters: Nature Printing on Silk

When? Monday, July 17th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. In this class using textile paints, we will print on fabric and paper with freshly-collected plants and other materials.

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The Global Pollinator Crisis with Dr. Christine Grozinger

When? Wednesday, July 19th
What time? 7–8pm
*Registration required

Look closely at a flower, and inevitably you will find visitors dropping by. Bees, hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, and many other creatures alight upon the fragile blooms, and as they do so they perform the essential work of pollination. Yet our pollinators are in dire straits, and as the pollinators fair so fairs our ecosystem. What are the threats to these industrious creatures, and how can we work to build a world that supports our pollinators and ourselves?

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A Walk in the Woods, a play production by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

When? Saturday, July 22nd
What time? 7–9pm
*Registration required

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, returns to The Wild Center with "A Walk in the Woods" by award-winning playwright Lee Blessing.

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Art in the Park with Diane Leifheit: Working with Pastels

When? Monday, July 24th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. Plan on getting a little dusty in this short primer on pastel painting in the outdoors.

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Funky Wild Walk

When? Thursday, July 27th
What time? 6–8pm
*Registration required *Members Only

Take it easy after-hours on Wild Walk with beer tasting, hot dogs & live music. What could beat that combo?

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Capturing the Beauty of Adirondack Birds with Jeff Nadler

When? Saturday, July 29th
What time? 3–4pm

Wildlife photographer Jeff Nadler presents his breathtaking images of Adirondack birds, with wildlife, wildflowers, and scenics as well, accompanied with a magical music score.

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Art in the Park with Sandra Hildreth: Learn about Plein Air Painting

When? Monday, July 31st
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. There’s not much that compares to the enjoyment one can feel when setting up to sketch or paint outdoors - where you get to explore a place with your eyes and with a paint brush. Learn more about it in this class.

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Lake Placid Sinfonietta Concert

When? Friday, August 4th
What time? 7:30–9:30pm
*Registration required

Enjoy an evening of music in the Big Wolf Great Hall. An optional buffet dinner is available beforehand.

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Art in the Park with Catharine Moore: Fun and Easy Watercolor Techniques

When? Monday, August 7th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. Join watercolorist Catharine Moore to have fun learning simple, easy, and fun watercolor techniques.

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Dr. Peter Raven - Spaceship Earth: How to Save the Earth and Ourselves

When? Thursday, August 10th
What time? 7–9pm

Peter Raven, one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and global biodiversity will speak about saving the Earth and Ourselves.

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From Dusk to Dawn: Stars, Moonlight, and Meteors with photographer Carl Heilman

When? Friday, August 11th, 4pm – Sunday, August 13th, 12pm
*Registration required

Capture the magical wonder and beauty of the night skies during this weekend workshop with one of the Adirondacks most prolific photographers. This mid-August weekend coincides with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

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Art in the Park with Peter Seward: Depiction of the Natural World in Watercolor

When? Monday, August 14th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. We will use the natural setting of the grounds of The Wild Center for observation and sketching, and then move indoors to continue with watercolor painting.

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Learn 10: Identifying Adirondack Shrubs

When? Saturday, August 19th
What time? 1–5pm
*Registration required

Join botanist Dan Spada at The Wild Center for this excursion to identify 10 shrub species in the field. Instruction will be provided on the use of keys and guides to be able to identify shrubs and other plants.

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SunFest

When? Monday, August 21st
What time? 10am–6pm

Come join The Wild Center as we celebrate this cosmic event. As the moon passes between the earth and the sun, its shadow will darken the sky, plunging large swathes of the United States into sudden twilight, but this alignment is far from supernatural. Naturalists will be on hand to help answer your questions about all things solar.

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Art in the Park with Georgeanne Gaffney: Introduction to Acrylic Painting

When? Monday, August 21st
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. Working from photographs, learn how to see color and form, as well as how to mix, apply, and layer paints to translate the image into a finished work of art.

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Art in the Park with Tim Fortune: Seeing As a Creative Act

When? Monday, August 28th
What time? 10am–1pm
*Registration required

Join The Wild Center this summer to awaken your talents in celebration of art and nature in the Adirondacks. Monday mornings in July and August, come explore the natural world with experienced Adirondack artists. This class focuses on art appreciation and improving latent creativity.

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Fall Landscapes and Waterfalls photo tour with Carl Heilman

When? Sunday, October 1st
What time? 11am–7pm
*Registration required

Spend a day photographing the west central Adirondacks during the peak of fall color in the area, with Carl Heilman as your guide and instructor.

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The Wild Center’s Homeschool Day

When? Wednesday, October 18th
What time? 10am–3pm

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.

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