You may not be able to currently visit The Wild Center, but we’re still working hard to bring the educational experience into your home. Each week we will be offering free, live educational distance learning programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, recordings and supporting materials of all programs may be found below shortly afterward. For more information, email digitallearning@wildcenter.org.

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Exploring Apex Predators of the Adirondacks 

Choose your own adventure in this interactive activity investigating Adirondack apex predators. Join Wild Center Field Correspondents to travel back in time as we explore the history of coyotes and wolves in the Adirondacks and learn about the makeup of their skulls. View archived program here.

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Revisiting Animal Behavior 

This week we take a look at some behavioral observations with one of The Wild Center’s own feathered Animal Ambassadors. We will explore answers to questions including: What are behaviors? What can an animal’s behaviors tell us about them? Afterward embark on your own behavioral study! Watch the archived program here.

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Predators and Prey 

We’re revisiting our popular Digital Drop-in program from March 26th for an exploration of what makes a fisher such a successful Adirondack predator. Watch the archived program here.

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Fish Dissection: Bullhead 

We’re expanding our April 2nd Digital Drop-in program to examine another species of fish inside and out! Tune in to explore bullhead and their habitat in our exhibit hall and one that has been wild caught in an interactive virtual fish dissection. Use your newfound knowledge to build your own fish in today’s anatomical challenge. Watch the archived program here.

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Crustaceans: Exploring Exoskeletons with Craymond 

Join Field Correspondent Shyia for an introduction to crustaceans, as we learn about various types and their notable characteristics. We will be joined by one of our animal ambassadors, Craymond the Crayfish, to learn more about crayfish and their adaptations for life in the water. Dig deeper into crustaceans in today’s challenges by exploring the world of isopods in your own backyard, and comparing incredible internal and external skeletons. Watch the archived program here.

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All About Arachnids 

Join us for an eight-legged encounter. Explore all types of arachnids — from spiders to ticks. Examine some of these incredible animals up close and head out to Wild Walk’s very own giant spider web with Field Correspondent Shannon. Challenge yourself to make your own spider web! Watch the archived program here!

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Backyard Bugs: Insects of the Adirondacks 

Examine the incredible life cycle of some of our smallest Adirondack neighbors! Join Field Correspondent Derek to get up close to explore some amazing Adirondack insects. Are you up to the challenge of creating your own species of insect with it’s own unique life cycle?! Watch the archived program here.

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Fish Buoyancy: Weightless in the Water 

How do fish stay in the middle of the water without sinking to the bottom or floating to the surface? Join Field Correspondent Derek to learn all about the key behind fish buoyancy. We will examine this remarkable adaptation and explore the field of biomimicry to engineer our own neutrally buoyant designs. View the archived program here.

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Beavers: Ecosystem Engineers of the Adirondacks 

Head out onto the Raquette River with Field Correspondent Shannon to explore evidence of beavers and their incredible feats of engineering. Learn all about these Adirondack ecosystem engineers and how they create their intricate homes. Can you create your own model beaver dam? Watch the archived program here.

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Get Outside with iNaturalist 

Join Field Correspondent Erin to connect with nature and become a naturalist in your own backyard. Venture out to explore the world right outside your doorstep and learn how to classify your discoveries using iNaturalist. How many organisms can you identify? Watch the archived program here.

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Weather Over Wild Walk 

Join Field Correspondent Derek to become a citizen scientist using Globe Observer. Head out onto Wild Walk to learn all about clouds, including how to make your own cloud in a bottle. Observe the sky in your backyard, and become part of a project supporting NASA using Globe Observer. How many organisms can you identify? Watch the archived program here.

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Life Underwater: Exploring Brook Trout 

Head to The Wild Center with Field Correspondent Nicole as we dive into the world of brook trout. Learn about what makes them an important aquatic species here in the Adirondacks. Put your knowledge to the test and evaluate real Adirondack water chemistry data to determine where you might be able to find this incredible species. Watch the archived program here.

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Dive In: Stream Life with the Wild Center 

Join Field Correspondent Mike and become fly fishermen, exploring the world of stream ecology. We will be diving into aquatic food webs examining organisms from caddis flies to brook trout. Try the Camouflage Challenge to hide your own (model) caddis fly larvae in your home. Watch archived program here.

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Top Dogs: Exploring Apex Predators of the Adirondacks 

Choose your own adventure in this interactive activity investigating Adirondack apex predators.  Watch the archived video here.

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Otters: Wolves of the River 

Join field correspondent Nick at The Wild Center to explore the unique adaptations of otters that make them top predators in the Adirondacks. Learn about the history of otters in New York State including their incredible comeback. Watch the archived program here.

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Sustainability: Keeping it Green at The Wild Center 

Join Field Correspondent Nick for a virtual field trip to The Wild Center, where we will explore some of the innovative building techniques and “green” practices utilized to best support the Center’s dedication to sustainability. Try incorporating some of what we cover into the creation of your own sustainable building. View the archived program here.

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Composting: Let's Break it Down 

Join Field Correspondent, Kali to dive into the world of composting. Kali will talk about how composting fits into our food system and share her story about composting at home. Learn how to build your own mini-composter. See the archived program here.

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Nature Journaling: Get into the Groove with a Grove Snail 

Join our Naturalist Correspondent, Leanne along with Wilson the snail to explore the wonderful world of grove snails. Learn how to observe the natural world more deeply by merging art and science in nature journaling.  Check out archived program here.

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Adaptations: Innovative Insects 

Learn about some of our smallest neighbors, kicking off a week of investigating incredible invertebrates. Get up close to explore some amazing Adirondack insects. Are you up to the challenge of creating your own species of insect? Watch the archived program here.

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Explore Our Solar System 

Explore the solar system up close with a hands-on activity and technology integration with NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Create your own pocket solar system, to understand it’s incredible scale. View the archived program here.

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Engineering Challenge: Erosion 

Can you design and build a model wilderness shelter that can withstand the dynamic powers of erosion then put it to the test? See the archived program here.

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Predators & Prey 

Join us for an exploration of what makes a fisher a successful Adirondack predator. See the archived program here.

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Engineering Challenge: Fish 

How does a fish stay in the middle of the water without sinking to the bottom or floating to the surface? See the archived program here.

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Dive In: Fish Dissection 

Check out an Adirondack fish up close! See the archived program here.

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Animal Behavior 

Join a member of our Animal Care staff to learn how to make observations to better understand how animals interact with their world. See the archived program here.

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