A Wild, Wonderful Summer


The Wild Center is gearing up for another great summer! Keeping the focus on outdoor and online exhibits, there will be new ways to explore the campus and the ability to stay connected if you can’t make it to Tupper Lake in person.

New, exciting exhibits are coming to the Wild Center this summer to engage visitors of all ages about the natural wonders of the Adirondacks! Scavenger hunts, art installations, and other daily programs will have you eager to add The Wild Center to your summer vacation itinerary this year.

Check out a sneak peek of what’s happening this summer on The Wild Center campus.

A woman and toddler entering The Wild Walk.

Wild scavenger hunt

Discover a new way to explore the 115 acre Wild Center campus. Download the self-guided app and start your scavenger hunt collecting all of the badges on an interactive nature trip.

Barney Bellinger art installation

In partnership with Tupper Arts, the work of acclaimed sculptor Barney Bellinger will be seen throughout the iForest music trail, a quarter-mile loop in the woods that has 24 hidden speakers billowing music inspired by Barney’s work. This will result in a transportive, immersive, multisensory experience in the woods.

Barney gets his inspiration from the Adirondack woods, being a Johnstown native. He uses found wood and fallen tree limbs in his pieces, allowing organic shapes to dictate his art. His unique style has made him one of the most sought-after Adirondack furniture makers. Walk through iForest this summer, enjoying the music in the trees and seeing the incredible new artwork.

An aerial view of the Wild Walk, forest, and mountains beyond.

Stickworks installation

Coming in August, this art installation consists of creations of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives. Patrick Dougherty creates art that coincides with nature and landscape. Patrick uses minimal tools and the techniques of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks. If you want to be sure to see Patrick’s art installation we recommend coming later in the summer season!

A close-up of an owl. Live animal encounters will happen throughout the day.

Along with new exhibits, The Wild Center will also be offering live Animal Encounters with the viewing door open all day, and scheduled Creature Features happening throughout the day. Canoe trips that are naturalist-led will also be available, taking place at scheduled times. There is no closer way to be with nature then being out in a canoe on the Raquette River and exploring the Oxbow. The Pines Play Area and The Wild Walk will be major attractions again this year at The Wild Center. Let the kids play on a playground made by nature or see the tree tops from The Wild Walk, where you can bounce in a giant "spider web" or climb into the human-sized bird's nest!

Kids playing  on a downed tree at The Pines Playground

Planning a summer family vacation to Tupper Lake? Find a place to stay, a restaurant to refuel, and make sure visiting The Wild Center is on your schedule. You can purchase tickets online ahead of your visit.