Community Free Day Saturday at The Wild Center

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake combines science and nature for interactive fun for all. (Photo provided — Diane Chase)

The Wild Center is one of our favorite places to visit. It houses all the essentials for a multigenerational family: coffee, animals, coffee, interactive activities, coffee, and wonderful trails to work off all the caffeine consumed. I enjoy the exhibits and am constantly amazed how this museum is able to bring environmental awareness to a level that is interactive and fun. We can watch a movie, participate at the art center, or fulfill a quest because none of us are ever too old to learn and explore.

In addition to all the incredible exhibits, there always seem to be some special activities on the schedule. On Saturday, Nov. 10, The Wild Center is hosting a free community day in honor of Veteran’s Day. It also happens to coincide with International Science Center and Science Museum Day. There will be special hands-on activities and challenges to explore nature and science. On November 24 a special artisan and craft fair will be hosted to get a head start on all the holiday shopping. There is also a special $5 admission for anyone age 5 and older. Since the winter break seems like it’s right around the corner, keep in mind that the Wild Center is also open from December 26-31 for a special holiday week.

We want to take advantage of all the elements of The Wild Center from its network of trails to its green roofs. “Behind the Scenes” gives glimpses into the green energy system, aquatic life support, and intricate workings to maintain the health of all its animals. The Behind the Scenes Tours take place from 3 to 4 p.m. each weekend for an additional fee of $5 for members and $10 for adults, $7 for youths.

No matter the weather outside we’ve always found the Wild Center to always be a place to explore, learn, and relax. Regular winter hours for the Wild Center are Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults (18 to 64), $10 for youths (5 to 17), $15 for seniors (65+) and military and free/children (age 4 and under). All purchased tickets are good for two consecutive days. The Wild Walk is closed for the winter. Call or go to for a complete list of events and activities.

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to