Who we are

A Center for....

The Wild Center is a not-for-profit organization located on a 81-acre site in the Town of Tupper Lake, NY near the geographic center of the Adirondacks.

The Adirondacks are unique in the world. Surrounded by people, they house great expanses of nature interspersed with small towns and communities. They can be an example for a future where man and the rest of the natural world thrive together.

There may be no more important issue facing humankind than discovering how we can prosper with the rest of the natural world, and there may be no better place to understand that effort than in the Adirondacks. The Center is the place to see and be part of this vital story.

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Our Mission

Ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks 

where people and nature can thrive together 

and offer an example for the world.

The History of The Wild Centerk

The idea for The Wild Center was first discussed in August 1998, when a group of friends sat around Betsy Lowe’s cabin on the shores of Long Lake, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The surrounding forest was scarred by the latest big natural event - an ice storm that coated the Adirondacks and Quebec. The single, seemingly destructive force created a scene of shining beauty. Betsy had supervised a small exhibit on the storm as part of her job at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and was impressed by the level of interest in the basic exhibits.