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Be a Wild Center Member

and help people fall in love with nature. Members support all we do and receive free admission, discounts in the store & cafe, and have special access to The Wild Center. Be a part of this science-based community and Join or Renew a Membership.

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Membership Levels

While a Membership belongs to an individual or to a single household, we make it easy to share your admission benefits with friends and family. With at least one of the household members present, the remaining free admissions on your membership can be anyone of your choosing. 

Individual ($50)

  • admits one adult, and includes 1 FREE admission pass (pass is mailed w/membership confirmation)

Family ($95)

  • admits 2 adults and related children / grandchildren thru age 17
  • free for any child age 4 and under

Family Plus ($150)

  • admits 4 adults and related children / grandchildren thru age 17
  • free for any child age 4 and under

Woodland Guide ($300)

  • admits 6 adults and all related children, age 17 & under
  • 1 free admission pass

River Guide ($500)

  • admits 8 adults and all related children, age 17 & under
  • 2 free admission passes

 Mountain Guide ($1,000)

  • admits 10 adults and all related children, age 17 & under
  • 3 free admission passes

Add a Plus One to any level for $30, and bring an additional unnamed guest for free on each visit. NOTE: The "Plus One" is currently not available with an online membership purchase, but you can add it with a phone call to The Wild Center, or at Admissions on your next visit.

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Join, Renew or Gift a Membership

It is easy to join, renew or gift a membership with our online form that includes a “Gift Membership” check box, which opens a form for entering the recipient’s name and address. If the recipient is already a member, your gift will take affect after their current membership ends. For assistance contact Tim at 518-359-7800 x107 or

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Back of House Tours

When?  During the Summer season (from May 28th to October 12th), the tours are available Tuesday thru Saturday at 3:00 p.m. During the rest of the year, the tours occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 (except in April when the Center is closed).

What time?  3:00 pm. The tours take about 1 hour.

What?  Explore behind the scenes where practices and ideas combine to bring The Wild Center experience to life. Learn about the inner workings of The Wild Center on this guided tour through our green energy features, aquatic life support system, and animal care areas. 

Cost & Capacity:  The tours are limited to 12 people in the summer, 6 people in the off-season. Cost is $5 for members, age 5 and over. Non-members can participate for a fee of $10 for adults and $7 for children age 5-17, with no charge for children 4 and under.

Reserve in Advance: You can now reserve your tour spots online, with reservations currently open through August.  

Pick your Date with this link.


2019 Special Events for Members

Member Reception
(members and guests)
Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about what makes The Wild Center so special, while getting acquainted with our Teen Educators, Fellows, Interns and learning more about the programs they're working on. No charge, RSVP.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta - Dinner and Concert
Thursday, August 1- Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Always an enjoyable, if not magical, evening
Special rate for members: $40 for dinner, $17 for concert

Akwesasne International Powwow Bus Trip for Members
Saturday, September 7 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A Wild Center member excursion to experience Native artisans, food, drummers and dancers - on Cornwall Island, Ontario, Canada.
$40 for ages 5-17, $45 for ages 18+.


Behind the Scenes Tours – 5 Days/Week in the Summer: Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 28 - October 12, 3-4 p.m. Rest of the year: Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 
Learn about the inner workings of The Wild Center on this guided tour through our green energy features, aquatic life support system and animal care areas. Member fee is $5/person; non-members: $10/adults, $7/youth (free for age 4 and under). Can be reserved in advance.

Friday Mornings on Wild Walk for members
Fridayss in July and August, 8-10 a.m.
Members can enjoy Wild Walk before it opens to the public. No charge.

For more on Summer events: See the online events calendardownload a PDF of the 2019 Summer Events, email, or call 518-359-7800.

Membership Benefits

  • 12 months of free admission
  • At least 1 Member + others up to the total allowed at that level
  • Discounts at the Museum Store and Café
  • Discounted Behind the Scenes Tour at scheduled times
  • Member-only events, previews, and other special access
  • Member discounts for special performances
  • Newsletter, events calendar and email updates
  • Your valued support for the mission and programs of The Wild Center

Join or Renew a Membership

or for more information email or call Tim Holmes at (518) 359-7800 x 107.

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

If you prefer to Print & Mail your membership form

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For a GIFT Membership form to print & mail

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Library DISCOVERY Pass Program

The Discovery Pass program helps to make The Wild Center more accessible for economically disadvantaged populations.

Any library can purchase a 12-month Wild Center library Discovery Pass for use by their patrons. The Discovery Pass is available for $90 per pass, with a limit of 3 passes per library. It provides for a discounted admission price of $10 per adult - for up to two adults, while admission is free for up to four youth admissions, ages 5 through 17. The children do not have to be related to the adult users of the Discovery Pass. Young children - ages 4 and under - are always free, and are not counted as part of the four free youth admissions.

Museum visitors who are using a Discovery Pass are classified as “non-member” visitors, so will pay the non-member price for special activities such as canoe trips and back-of-house tours, along with the non-member prices in the Museum Store and the Waterside Cafe.

Below is a link to a PDF that includes a description of the program and a membership form that library staff can print, complete and mail. The library Discovery Pass programs operates on a calendar year (January - December). For more information, contact Tim Holmes:, 518-359-7800 x107.

PDF Overview and Membership Form for the Discovery Pass