Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting January 12th through March 31st
Family Weekends
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
Get your family out of the house for Family Weekends at The Wild Center. Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails to explore on your own or on a guided naturalist walk. Relax inside with The Wild Center’s river otters, a featured film and a warm beverage while you explore the exhibits and see an Adirondack animal up close.  Family Weekends are free for members or with paid admission, and include free use of snowshoes.

Saturdays in January (13th, 20th, 27th), 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Featured Farmer
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
Enjoy delicious food, support your community, and sustain the environment. Adirondack farmers work hard to put wholesome food on the table every month of the year. Come to The Wild Center on Saturdays in January, where we will be highlighting our region’s industrious, innovative, and indomitable farmers. Hear them tell their story, and enjoy food prepared by our cafe staff using farm-fresh products. Take home the flavor with items purchased directly from the farmer.

January 13th: North Branch Farm
North Branch Farm is a small, diversified farm located 30 minutes from Saranac Lake and 30 minutes from Plattsburgh. The farm specializes in full-flavor vegetables; figs; and grass-fed beef. Everything sold is raised on-farm, high quality and all natural. North Branch Farm proudly utilizes the agroforestry practice of silvopasture to ensure beef production maintains the highest animal welfare and environmentally friendly standards.

January 20th: Tucker Farms
Tucker Farms raises certified and foundation seed potatoes as the main focus, as well as various cover crops such as timothy hay, rye, oats, buckwheat, and occasionally, field peas. They also grow specialty vegetables for several of the better chefs and restaurants in the Tri-Lakes area. When Mother Nature cooperates, they also grow pumpkins, squash and gourds. Currently, Tucker Farms grows fourteen different varieties of potatoes. Yes, really, they are all different.

January 27th: Asgaard Farm and Dairy
Asgaard Farm, near AuSable Forks, is the former home of artist, writer, adventurer and political activist Rockwell Kent. It was acquired by David Brunner and Rhonda Butler in 1988. After working several years to restore the land and buildings, they put the farm back into production, initially growing certified organic grains and hay. Plans are currently underway to establish an organic beef herd, develop an organic goat dairy and create artisanal cheeses.

Monday, January 15th
Community Free Day
Cost: Free
Enjoy free admission in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Wild Center will be open from 10-5.

Friday, January 26th, 5:30-8:30pm
Wine and Twine
Cost: Members $30, Non-Members $40
Join The Wild Center this winter to relax and ​​explore your artistic talents in celebration of art and nature in this three-hour class.  Take a closer look into the natural world during this fun workshop where you will create an original string art featuring one of five Adirondack designs. This simple process involves string, nails, and wood to make your own rustic piece of home decor. Enjoy a complimentary drink (additional drinks may be purchased), local hors d’oeuvres, and laughs! Space is limited so please register soon. No artistic ​background is necessary. Art materials included, but please BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammer) Must be at least 21 years old to register.

Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 – 8:00pm
Winter landscapes and Ice Castle Fireworks photography workshop with Carl Heilman
Cost: $150 members, $175 non-members
Winter photography has a unique set of photo opportunities, as well as its own photography challenges. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to photograph alongside acclaimed wilderness photographer, Carl Heilman, as you capture the serene beauty of winter in the Adirondacks. As the day progresses, we’ll make the journey over to Saranac Lake for the opening Winter Carnival celebration. Join the revelry and shoot the lighting of the Ice Palace and the Cape Air Opening Fireworks Display. Carl will give you tips on how to be successful photographing in these challenging light conditions.

Friday, February 16th – Sunday, February 25th
Life as we SNOW it: Winter Week at The Wild Center
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
All week long The Wild Center will explore the world of snow with a flurry of winter activities. Join us on woodland snowshoe treks, create winter crafts, and discover how snow shapes the lives of our Adirondack wildlife. Bring your mittens, boots, and sense of adventure to experience snow like never before.

Thursday, March 1st, 10:00am – 4:00pm
FEED Back – The Food Justice Summit
Join us for the first annual food summit at The Wild Center, brought to you by the North Country Food Justice Working Group (FJWG). The group seeks to address our region’s unique issues of accessibility, inclusivity, nutrition, and justice from field to fork. The FJWG is a new coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, community members, local businesses, farmers and farm workers, and government agencies who have come together to start the conversation about creating a more equitable food system in the North Country.

Saturday, March 10th, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Family Science Day
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
It’s a full day of hands-on science at The Wild Center. Naturalists will lead engaging activities featuring amazing Adirondack adaptations, engineering challenges, and exploration of our planet. Roam through the center, and educators will guide you and your family as you dive into science with games, art, and making. All activities are drop-in from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM; come and go as you please, and make the experience yours. Activities are for all ages.

Saturday, March 17th – Sunday, March 18th and Saturday, March 24th – Sunday, March 25th, 10am-4pm
Maple Weekends
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
Come out to celebrate NYS Maple Weekends at The Wild Center’s Sugar Shack. Join us for special maple themed programs and crafts, sugar shack tours, maple specials at the Waterside Cafe, and a taste of freshly made syrup right out of the pan. Learn about Tupper Lake maple history, the science behind the sugar, and how to incorporate maple into your everyday life.

Saturday, March 17th and Saturday, March 24th, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Pancake Breakfast
Cost: $5 for members, $7.50 for non-members + admission
Start your morning off with breakfast at The Wild Center to celebrate the sweet season of maple sugaring. Join us for whole wheat pancakes, local sausage, hot beverages, and community-made maple syrup, followed by a fun day of maple-themed programs and activities. Tour our on-site sugar shack to learn about our Community Maple Project and get a taste of our freshly made community syrup. Breakfast will be served in the Waterside Cafe beginning at 8:30 am and will end promptly at 10:30 am.

Saturday, March 31st, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Otter Birthday
Cost: Free for members or with paid admission
Come celebrate with Louie, Scarlett, and Squirt at The Wild Center’s annual Otter Birthday Party! Play games, make crafts, and have a slice of birthday cake with our three furry friends. Learn about what makes our otters special and watch them enjoy a birthday treat.

The day will be full of fun activities for our guests. Visit the art studio to play some games, including animal ring toss, a fishing game, turtle toss, and otter bowling. Become an otter for a day at our face paint station and stop by our otter enrichment where we will give our otters a special birthday treat and sing them ‘Happy Birthday.’ Join us in the Great Hall throughout the day for a cake walk, where you can play to win prizes, and afterwards enjoy a slice of birthday cake. Also, don’t miss out on a tour of the Sugar Shack and learn about our maple sugaring process here at The Wild Center.

For more information, please visit us online at www.wildcenter.org