We've Got Your Backyard

It’s time to rediscover our backyard. The Wild Center experience looks a little different this season. Here’s what you need to know before you visit.

Admission

Timed reservations must be made prior to your visit. Make a reservation here.

Please note: The timeframes listed on the reservation page represent when your party should plan to arrive.  Once at the Center, please feel free to stay as long as you would like. No refunds or rainchecks on reservations.


 

Know Before You Go

We can’t wait to welcome you to our backyard. We’ve made a few changes to help protect guests, staff and our community while continuing to explore nature and make lifelong memories.

  • Pick a Day & Time

    For your safety, we have transitioned to a new timed ticket reservation system to manage capacity and limit the number of visitors on campus during a given time. All guests, including members, must reserve tickets for a specific date and time.  Reservations can be made online, by phone or by email.

    Please note: The timeframes listed on the reservation page represent when your party should plan to arrive.  Once at the Center, please feel free to stay as long as you would like. No refunds or rainchecks on reservations.

  • Face Coverings

    All visitors, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a mask indoors. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a face mask at all times when indoors, interacting with staff, and when unable to maintain a safe social distance.

     

  • Physical Distancing

    Please maintain 6 feet of distance from other Wild Center guests. You may notice some temporary adjustments in place to help maintain distance and ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.  These include: new signage and ground markings to help guests better navigate common areas, as well as physical barriers.

  • Indoor Exhibits, Waterside Cafe and the Wild Supply Co. Are Now Open

    The Wild Center’s indoor portion including exhibits (except the Flammer Theater) are now open.  You can also experience an expanded Wild Supply Co., as well as brown bag meals from the Waterside Cafe.

    For a list of local dining option, visit the Tupper Lake website.

  • We've Gone Paperless

    For the safety of visitors and employees, The Wild Center is temporarily accepting cashless payments only. Paper maps have transitioned to digital maps, which visitors may view on The Wild Center’s website, accessible on mobile devices, or through a brand-new Wild Center app. Visitors may also access audio tours and self-lead scavenger hunts through the mobile app.

  • Promoting Wellness

    Additional sanitizing stations and outdoor sinks will be available throughout the campus. Wild Center staff will frequently clean and disinfect high traffic areas and restrooms.

FAQ's

  • How do I reserve my visit? Can I purchase tickets when I arrive?

    You can choose a specific date and time for your visit through our new online reservation system which will be available at wildcenter.org/visit. Reservations may also be made by phone or by email.

    Reservations must be made prior to your arrival.

    Please note: The timeframes listed on the reservation page represent when your party should plan to arrive.  Once at the Center, please feel free to stay as long as you would like. No refunds or rainchecks on reservations.

  • What about indoor exhibits and amenities?

    As of July 1, 2021, indoor exhibits (except Flammer Theater) and amenities are reopened. Be sure to check out the indoor Living River Trail tour, the expanded Wild Supply Co. , or order a Brown Bag lunch from the Waterside Cafe.

    For a list of local dining options, visit the Tupper Lake website.

  • Are the times listed on the reservation page the time my party needs to show up or the amount of time we’re allowed at The Wild Center

    The times listed on our reservation pages represent when guests should expect to arrive at The Wild Center.  Once here, please feel free to stay as long as you like.  Day-time Wild Center closes at 5pm.

  • How are you keeping visitors safe?

    All visitors, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a mask indoors. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a face mask at all times when indoors, interacting with staff, and when unable to maintain a safe social distance.

    Wild Center staff will also frequently clean and disinfect high traffic areas and restrooms. We also ask that visitors follow one-way directional signage and ground markings which have been installed to help visitors better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.

  • Am I required to wear a face covering?

    All visitors, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a mask indoors. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a face mask at all times when indoors, interacting with staff, and when unable to maintain a safe social distance.

     

     

  • What if I'm late for my reservation?

    If you know you will be late, please call us or send us an email. Due to limited capacity, we can not guarantee that reservations will be able to be exchanged for a later time that same day.

  • Are the trails ADA accessible?

    The paved path leading to Wild Walk, Wild Walk itself, and the gravel path around Greenleaf Pond are ADA accessible. The other trails are open for guests, but are not graded for accessibility.

  • Can I use cash at the Outpost or Kiosk?

    At this time, The Wild Center has gone paperless. It is recommended that all visitors use cashless payment options, including debit or credit cards

  • What about bathrooms?

    Indoor bathrooms will remain open and will be sanitized on a regular basis by Wild Center staff. Composting bathrooms are also located on either side of the parking lot.