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 are highly encouraged as they speed up the check in process and give you more time to explore your wild side. 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

    Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online, by phone or by email. Reservations make the check-in process much quicker and leaves you more time to explore.

    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

    Face coverings are optional, but are encouraged for unvaccinated visitors, as well as anyone that would like to wear one.

     

  • 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 are now open.  You can also experience an expanded Wild Supply Co., and Waterside Cafe.

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

  • 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 arrival time for your visit through our new online reservation system. Reservations may also be made 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.

  • What about indoor exhibits and amenities?

    As of July 1, 2021, indoor exhibits and amenities are reopened. Be sure to check out the indoor Living River Trail tour, the expanded Wild Supply Co. , and 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?

    Wild Center staff will 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?

    Face coverings are optional, but are encouraged for unvaccinated visitors, as well as anyone that would like to wear one.

     

     

     

  • What if I'm late for my reservation?

    No problem! Please feel free to arrive on or after your specified reservation time.

  • 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.

  • 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.