|Five Rivers Environmental Education Center|
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center encompasses more than 450
acres of broad fields, abandoned orchards, forests, gurgling streams, tranquil
ponds and rich wetlands. Owned and operated by the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, Five Rivers provides year-round
The Wild Center
|Description: The Wild Center is a combination museum and environmental education
center as sophisticated as any facility of its kind in a major city, but located in
the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Tupper Lake, NY. This unique place
features hands-on indoor and outdoor nature exhibits and hundreds of live
animals, from big trout and salmon swimming in impressive floor-to-ceiling
aquariums, to tiny turtles the size of walnuts. The creatures you’ll see at The
Wild Center highlight the tremendous diversity of living things to be found in
the woods and waters of the Adirondacks.|
Everywhere you turn there’s something wonderful to discover. The center’s
grounds have fascinating examples of Adirondack wilderness habitats packed
into only 31 acres. At the Waterside Café, you’ll enjoy a unique vantage point,
watching fish and birds at water level right next to the pond. In keeping with
a place that celebrates nature, the center’s buildings are innovatively designed
to be as environmentally benign as possible. One building has a plant-covered
“green roof,” another uses solar panels to provide electricity, and the entire
facility uses water-saving fixtures throughout.
The center’s beautiful mountain location, many cleverly designed displays,
theater, state-of-the-art multi-media exhibits, and entertaining live critter
programs ensure you’ll be both delighted and inspired as you learn about
Adirondack wildlife and their mountain environment.
Wildlife to Watch: The average visitor spends about three hours at the Museum. There are walking trails, naturalist guides, movies, live exhibits including more than 900 live animals, live otters, and a wealth of information about the natural world and about this very special land called the Adirondacks. The staff is here ready to let you explore this fascinating world.
Special Tips: You can access trails from the Waterside Café outdoor seating area or from the front door of the Museum. The Pond Loop Trail is fully accessible and has bridges that take you over the water. The osprey tower is also on the Pond Loop. The Meadow Bird and Oxbow Overlook trails lead you down to special overlooks on an unusual oxbow on the Raquette River. Mother of Invention is partly an outdoor exhibit about how nature is inspiring a new generation of breakthrough sustainable inventions.
Other Activities: You can hike or snowshoe the trails all four seasons of the year, and join daily scheduled excursions with naturalist guides who can answer your questions and point out some of the nature that lives along the trails. There are signs on the trails that change depending on what’s happening outside.
Ownership: Wild Center
Size: 31 acres
Closest Town: Tupper Lake
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: