Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Wild Center to unveil new trail and attraction, art installation

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2024 season on Friday, May 3. Off the heels of the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, where it was voted the Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with exciting exhibits and experiences. Among this season’s offerings is the unveiling of Raquette River Roll, a ball run experience along the Fen Trail, a new half-mile trail down to the Raquette River fen, and The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil exhibit, an installation dedicated to the world of agriculture.

Spanning an impressive 2,700 feet, the brand-new Fen Trail inspires visitors to reflect and connect with nature throughout the Raquette River fen, a previously unexplored section of The Wild Center’s campus. Along the way, guests can interact with a series of ball-run stations made from natural materials with the Raquette River Roll experience. The trail and ball run interaction will open on June 28. The trail is included with admission, and wooden balls can be purchased by visitors for $6 and by members for $5.

Artist Brenda Baker’s latest installation, The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil, illuminates the vital contributions of the local agricultural community. Comprising hundreds of donated pieces of work attire from New York’s agricultural workers, this immersive exhibit serves as a tribute to those whose labor sustains the food supply. The Clothesline invites guests to step into the world of farmers this June, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for their essential work.

Birdly, a state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) flying simulator, will return for its second year at The Wild Center. Using cutting-edge technology, a motion platform, wind effects and a 4K display, visitors get to enjoy the unique and thrilling sensation of flying as a bird over natural landscapes. Flights are available for $6 per person.

Other special programming throughout the summer includes National Pollinator Week June 17-23, the Science Speaker Series, and Adirondack Water Week Aug. 3-13. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit

Tickets can be purchased on The Wild Center’s website at Admission includes access to the award-winning Wild Walk, immersive Forest Music experience and hiking trails. Daily activities include animal encounters, fish-feeding demonstrations and programs with The Wild Center’s North American River Otters. Guided canoe trips on the Raquette River will return July 1 through Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. Naturalist-led exploration activities will take place on Wild Walk and across campus daily.

The Wild Center will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day to Indigenous People’s Day, the Center will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Photo at top: The Wild Center website photo.

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One Response

  1. John M. Glowa, Sr. says:

    Some time ago I contacted The Wild Center about putting up a display about wolves and their ongoing return to New York. I received no reply. Given the fact that documented wolf populations are in Canada just sixty miles from New York and the abundance of prey and habitat in New York, educating folks about wolves and their important role in the ecosystem is both appropriate and necessary.

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