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We believe that people and the rest of the natural world can thrive together.

We think that with the help of science we can move beyond our present challenges where our economy often comes at the expense of the natural world, and find ways to have a vibrant human economy and thriving nature.

The Wild Center is committed to helping the Adirondacks become a model for this idea, and one that can lead by example.

You can explore some of the ideas that people are coming up with to advance that future in the stories on these pages.

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Clarence Petty - An Adirondack Childhood

Clarence Petty's Adirondack Childhood

Wilderness guide, pilot, and conservationist Clarence Petty talks about what it was like growing up a little wild in the Adirondacks a century ago. 


Adirondack Youth Programk

Each year the Center hosts a Youth Climate Summit where students from area high schools, colleges and universities come together to develop action plans to take back to their schools. To learn more, click to visit our Youth Climate Program page.

Peter Raven - A Model for the World

Why the Adirondacks Matter Now

President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, author, Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and world-renowned plant taxonomist Peter Raven talks about why the Adirondacks is one of the most important places on the planet. 

Anyone Can Be An Ally

The Adirondacks Strive to be Welcoming to LGBT Residents and Visitors

In May 2015 the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council (ADAC) offered a training workshop designed to help participants provide a more welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who want to live in or visit the Adirondack Park.

The workshop was led by pioneering author and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights educator Brian McNaught, who was dubbed the “godfather of gay sensitivity training” by The New York Times.

McNaught is considered the world's leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with LGBT issues in the workplace. His web-based Manager’s Guide on Gay and Transgender Issues is used widely in mentoring corporate executives on the most challenging workplace questions.

For more about the Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council

Why The Wild Center Mattersk

We asked Philip G. Terrie, a renowned scholar of the Adirondacks, to mark the 20th anniversary of Betsy Lowe’s idea to establish a natural history museum by contributing his thoughts on the significance of The Wild Center. He replied with this essay.

Read Philip's essayk

48 Hours at Follensby

48 Hours at Follensby

The Wild Center has been partnering with the Adirondack All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) on an ambitious project to inventory all of the living things found within the park. Follow along as the ATBI performs a “bioblitz” of Follensby Park in Tupper Lake, NY. 

Find out about this year's BioBlitz on June 29th.

Learning by Doingk

Boundless opportunities await enthusiastic individuals breaking into the field of interpretation, natural history, guiding, animal care and more. Find out more about interns at The Wild Center.

Building For Blue Skiesk

New ways to build can change everything

Almost 40 percent of all the energy used in the United States is consumed through the construction, maintenance, and use of buildings. Various industries, private home owners, educational institutions, and museums like The Wild Center are increasingly focused on improving efficiency and reducing energy use across all stages of a building's life.

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