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Nature Lab


From Earth Processes to weather, let’s explore the world around us.

Life Sciences

Wetland Botany

Let's explore wetland plantlife Bogs & swamps & marshes & fens! What do all of these have in common?  Well, they’re all wetlands, and they all support different types of plants. Join Kayleigh as she talks everything from carnivorous pitcher plants, to orchids, and everything in-between. Observation Inspiration Looking for something to observe?  How about […]
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Animals and Ice

This week we will explore another form of frozen water – ice! We’ll take a look at some ways that humans and animals use this form of solid water in the Adirondack winter.
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Intro to Birds

From Dinosaur to Bird, an Introduction to Avians There are 18,000 species of birds around the globe that have evolved into all shapes and sizes to survive various ecosystems, including right here in the Adirondacks. Join us in exploring the world of feathered creatures, from how they are defined to how they evolved into the […]
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Observing Adirondack Birds

Head outside with Cori to meet some of our local bird residents here in the Adirondacks. Apply what you learn to do some bird watching of your own!
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Adaptations of Adirondack Waterfowl

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Adirondack Birds: Hunt or Be Hunted (Or Don’t)

Join The Wild Center Fellow’s Team to explore the diversity of birds. This week we’ll be focusing on the roles birds can play in an ecosystem, including predators, prey, and scavengers, along with the adaptations they have to fill these important roles
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Meet the Reptiles and Amphibians of The Wild Center

Ever wonder what animals would say if they could talk? Hard-hitting reporter, Derek, answers just that as he tours The Wild Center to chat with some of our resident herps. At Home Activity
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Reptiles vs. Amphibians

On this edition of Nature Lab, we attempt to settle the age-old debate of which are better: reptiles or amphibians. Derek and Morgan state their cases, but it’s up to you to decide.
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Life Cycles of Reptiles & Amphibians

Dust off the home videos because today, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with two of our herps to help explain one of the main differences between reptiles and amphibians- their lifecycle! At Home Activity
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Busting Herptile Myths

To wrap up our discussion of reptiles and amphibians, our naturalists are doing some mythbusting. Do mudpuppies bark? Do toads cause warts? Find out in this week’s episode.  
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School Programs Website Exploration

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Asking Questions

Join Michael for an exploration of our Trout Stream. Practice asking questions to start us thinking more about everything we see, smell, taste, touch around us. The goal is to explore a place near you and think of or write down as many questions as you can.
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Doing Science

Doing science begins with curiosity! Take a moment to observe your surroundings. What do you notice, and what more do you want to know? By following your curiosity, you’re already engaging in science—no lab coat needed! But that’s not where science ends. Observation Inspiration Looking for something to observe? How about our Deep Lakes Tank? […]
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It's Slime Time On a special edition of Nature Lab, we’re exploring SLIME. Check in with Michael to learn about how Adirondack plants and animals use slime to survive in nature. Then, head to the Naturalist Cabinet to learn to make some slime of your own!
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Intro to Marshes

Let's explore marshlands Marshlands are ecosystems common throughout the Adirondacks. But do you know what makes a marsh a marsh? Explore the Raquette River Oxbow with Derek and Kayleigh to discover the plants and animals that thrive in marshes.  Then, check out the DIY activity below! Observation Inspiration Looking for something to observe?  How about […]
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Beavers: Ecosystem Engineers Join Morgan for a trip along the Raquette River to discover how beavers use mud, sticks, leaves, grasses and a number of other materials to create dams that change the flow of water to raise water levels in a wetland. Then, can you build your own dam? Check out the at-home activity […]
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Marsh Animals

Join Derek, Morgan and Kayleigh as they head out to the marsh to learn more about animals that call these amazing ecosystems home. Then, can you create your own marsh creature? Check out the at-home activity below.
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Intro to Forests

Hit the trails with naturalist Morgan to get an introduction to forests while hiking through the Adirondacks. Then, head back inside with Michael to learn how to explore forests either in your own backyard, or from the comfort of your home using the SOS Explorer app on a a smartphone or tablet. Do forests look […]
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Forest Detectives

Become a Forest Detective Ready to be a forest detective? Hit the trail with Kayleigh to learn some common clues you can use to identify trees whether you’re at The Wild Center or in your own community!
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Tree Ecosystem

Observation Inspiration Looking for something to observe?  How about taking a look at some trees near The Wild Center?  Or visit our live cams page to get different views around The Wild Center and the Adirondacks.
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Tree Defenses

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Let’s Explore Water

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Animals and Snow

Discover Water in its Solid Form Join Derek to explore how small rodents, snowshoe hares, and North American river otters use snow to their advantage as we continue our examination of water in the Adirondack winter.
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