The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, is a natural
history museum. Or a park. Or a farmers' market or art studio.
Or an environmental awareness center. Or a sustainability
training ground. Or a concert venue, or an Adirondack
appreciation center, or….
Actually, The Wild Center is all of the above, and more,
all with one theme binding the various facets together – an
"enduring passion for the Adirondacks." What it
isn't is a theme park
with characters and rides and such. The Wild Center is the real
deal – kids and adults exploring and interacting with the
natural environment of the Adirondacks.
Wild Center offers a 54,000-square-foot main building which
houses exhibits, a theater, animal encounter areas and a shop,
all located on an 81-acre campus just outside of Tupper Lake,
NY. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting May 1, and seven
days a week from Memorial Day to Columbus Day (hours vary, be
sure to check), the Center offers all its attractions, and many
special activity series available on certain days of the week.
There's a Thursday Farmers' Market, Monday "Art in the
Park," adult beginner art class series, and daily walking along
or canoeing on the Raquette River.
A number of one-time activities polka dot the Wild Center
calendar, too, such as a concert by the Lake Placid Sinfonetta
and other musical specials, and the opening of the park's latest
addition, the Wild Walk, described as "the only elevated trail
across the treetops in New York," which, the Center says, offers
"a chance to walk over the tree tops, and explore life the way
it's lived on the wilder side."
Even during winter months activities are scheduled, such as
snowshoeing and the annual Maple activities. In addition to all
this, there are original films produced and screened at The Wild
Center, most notably a film narrated by
Sigourney Weaver about climate change,
A Matter of Degrees,
which was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
The Wild Center, knowing that the next generation
needs to be educated and involved, also sponsors a Youth Climate
Change Summit, and, with the support of International Paper,
will offer a Junior Naturalist Program.
An emphasis of The Wild Center is the concept of man and
his environment "thriving together," centered on a quote by Obie
Clifford: "There may
be no more important issue facing humankind than discovering
better ways to thrive with the rest of the natural world, and
there may be no better place to understand that effort than in
The Center's mission concept is stated as follows:
people and the rest of the natural world can thrive together.
We think that with the help of science we can
move beyond our present challenges
where our economy often comes at the expense of the natural
world, and find ways to have a vibrant human economy and
thriving nature. The Wild Center is committed to helping the
Adirondacks become a model for this idea, and one that can lead
The museum has won many
awards, including being named a National Medal Finalist by the
Museum and Library Service, and the media has heaped
praise on the Wild Center, with quotes such as these:
pour les environmentalistes.." — Le
Journal de Montreal
"...the place to go.." — The
"A very interactive place.." — Montreal
"Stunning state-of the-art museum..." — Reader's
The fees are reasonable, and if you become a member, even more
What are you waiting for?
Visiting The Wild Center
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
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