AAA Editor Notes
The Wild Center is off SR 3 at 45 Museum Dr. Explore the natural history of the Adirondacks through films, hands-on exhibits and live animals, both inside and outside The Wild Center. Learn about nature on indoor trails that feature a waterfall, a forest, a river and ponds; otters, owls, birds, fish and amphibians coexist here. Watch fish, ducks and turtles swim lazily in a pond, or be entertained by bewhiskered otters as they dive, swim and play around a small waterfall. Animal encounters and feedings take place throughout the day.
An exhibit featuring a giant glacier ice wall explains how the area was carved out by a 2-mile-thick glacier during the Ice Age. The wonders of nature are the topic of high-definition widescreen films at the Panorama Theater.
Outdoors, knowledgeable naturalists guide you through the 81-acre campus. Labels describe the vegetation as you walk on intertwining nature trails and stop for a peek at hummingbirds and wood thrushes behind a bird blind. Two overlooks near the Raquette River provide inspiring views of mountains and the river. The Pines, an outdoor play area with forts, allows children to get back to nature.
Wild Walk includes a treehouse and spacious platforms connected by a web of bridges and raised walkways that twist and turn through the forest. Fascinating stories and interactive stations along the Walk capture the living Adirondack forest in intimate detail.
The Wild Center is LEED-certified; it was made with locally sourced materials, including stone and wood, and utilizes solar heating, an energy-efficient boiler system, water cisterns and recycled flooring made from tires.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.