We welcome all types of learners to The Wild Center. From public and private schools, to homeschool, co-ops, and college classes. Here, there’s something for everyone to explore, learn, create and discover.

1. Self-Guided Experience

Here, there’s something for everyone to explore, learn, create and discover. During your visit, students practice science as they explore the incredible ecosystems and animals of the Adirondacks across our indoor and outdoor campus. The Wild Center blends natural history, science, technology and art into a unique experience that builds upon classroom learning and leaves students with lifelong memories. The resources and information below can help you to make the most out of your field trip, whether you select to go on a Self-Guided Experience or choose to dive more deeply into science by scheduling one of our many wonderful Wild Classroom Programs. The Wild Center’s School Programs are experiential, student-driven, and designed to be developmentally appropriate and support New York State Educational Standards while engaging students in hands-on, interactive learning experiences.


    • Orientation of indoor and outdoor campus
    • Access to Exhibit Hall Living River Trail (including Adirondack animals and ecosystems)
    • Wild Walk
    • Forest Music
    • Pines Play Area
    • Outdoor Trail System


    At this time school groups are welcome to visit at The Wild Center’s general admission prices.

    • Youth: $12
    • Adults: $20

2. Wild Classroom Educational Programs

NOTE – We are currently not offering private programs in coordination with The Wild Center’s COVID Safety Protocols.

For groups of 10 or more, we provide the options of adding hands-on experiences to a Self-Guided Experience. These programs allow learners to interact with Wild Center staff and support NYS Science Learning Standards, as well as Next Generation Math and English Language Arts Standards.

  • Hands on with Adirondack Mammals
    • Best for: 1st – 5th Grade
    • Program Length: 30 – 45 minutes

    Students collaborate with classmates as they ask questions and explore adaptations of Adirondack mammals. Students get hands-on with natural artifacts while facilitators employ Visual Thinking Strategies – a cutting-edge student centered learning technique.

  • Trout Stream: Fishery Biology
    • Best for: 6th – 8th Grade
    • Program Length: 45 – 60 minutes

    Students become fishery biologists as they dive into the world of brook trout, an important indicator species. Students work together to sample water from our exhibits and apply what they learn to evaluate real water chemistry data from the region to determine habitat suitability.

  • Climate Change: Impacts & Solutions
    • Best for: 6th Grade – College
    • Program Length: 45 – 60 minutes

    Students are introduced to the science of climate change, drive exploration of its impacts, and discuss solutions to these issues through visualizing global data sets on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere.

  • Live Animal Experience
    • Best for: All Ages
    • Program Length: ~30 minutes

    Students meet an Adirondack animal ambassador and experience them up-close while engaging in deep observation and conversations to uncover the hidden stories of our wild neighbors.

3. Self-Driven Discovery Programs

These programs are best for school groups and those that would like more time to explore the wonderful exhibits and experiences The Wild Center has to offer.

  • Junior Naturalist Activity Booklet
    • Best for: 1st- 6th Grade
    • Program Length: Varies

    Become a naturalist! Students take a closer look at the natural world around them through this self-guided, environmental education booklet. After completing a variety of activities that engage students across the museum and outdoor campus, each student earns a patch honoring their work.

    Thank you to our sponsors Community Bank, N.A., International Paper & Stewart’s Shops.

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NOTE: We are excited to welcome school groups back to campus for Self-Guided Experiences this fall, but are unable to offer Wild Classroom Educational Programs at this time

We request at least two weeks’ notice to schedule school group visits. Wild Classroom Program requests received within two weeks of the visit date are subject to availability. Please reach out to schoolprograms@wildcenter.org if you have any questions.