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The Adirondacks is a 6 million acre State Park, the largest natural park in the lower 48, with people and nature coexisting within. The mission of The Wild Center is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. The following tabs showcase several great resources to help you learn about the park, the flora and fauna, the people, and more to help you best support the mission of the museum through your volunteer work.
History of the Adirondacks
Within the Adirondack Region is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. It is also home to 105 towns and villages. There is often a misperception that the Adirondack Park is a national or state park, yet the region's mix of public and private land allow for conservation and civilization to thrive. Learn more about this grand experiment.
Looking to learn more about the Adirondacks or interpretation? Here are a few of our favorites. These books, and many more, are available in The Wild Center library. If you would like to borrow them, please see the volunteer coordinator.
Conducting Meaningful Interpretation, Ward and Wilkinson
Interpreting our Heritage, Tilden
The Adirondack Atlas, Jenkins
Why The Adirondacks Look the Way They Do, Storey
Reading the Forested Landscape, Wessels and Cohen
The Adirondacks, A History of America’s First Wilderness, Schneider
Wandering Home, McKibben
For that controversial conversation that comes up in all places that present science…
Virtually explore The Wild Center trails with this walk guide created to help volunteers learn what's out where on our property.
Come learn about the shady, squishy organism that thrives in the Adirondacks.
Crazy about birds? Read more about the live animals that call The Wild Center home.
Browse this powerpoint to learn about owl biology, behaviors, and adaptations.
Explore the traits of owl species found in the Adirondacks.
Everyone otter know more about otters! Click here for a guide to learn about the North American River Otter and the life histories of The Wild Center's otters.
Learn about our reptilian friends we have inside and out of The Wild Center.
Timber rattlesnakes are unique in the Adirondacks because they are the only venomous reptile in the park. Educate yourself on the importance of these fascinating creatures to our ecosystem.
Can you identify all the fish in The Wild Center's living river? Explore the species we have on exhibit.
Learn all there is to know about our 8-legged arachnid friends.