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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 educa...
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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

RestroomsParkingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleFeeDrinking Water

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The Wild Center
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Driving Directions:
From Lake Placid, take NY-86 west toward Saranac Lake. Continue straight on Rte. 3 at the first traffic light in Saranac Lake. As you enter Tupper Lake, turn left at the first traffic light onto Hosley Ave. The entrance to the center is on the left. From Utica, take NY-28 north through Old Forge and Raquette Lake to the junction of Rte. 30 in Blue Mountain Lake. Follow Rte. 30 north through Long Lake and into Tupper Lake. As you pass through Tupper Lake, turn right onto Hosley Ave. at the traffic light. The entrance to the center is on the left.

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The Wild Center : Wildlife Viewing Area