|The Wild Center|
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 ...
Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center
|Description: The site includes a 60-acre marsh, five ponds, several brooks and swamps, significant glacial and geological features, varied forest types, Jenkins Mountain, scenic vistas of St. Regis Mountain, a large public assembly building (a classroom, a 150-seat theater, exhibit rooms, the Edmund E. Lynch Environmental Education Resource Library, a visitors lounge, rest rooms, a passive energy-saving sun space with an art gallery, a gift shop and administrative offices), the Whispering Pines Amphitheater, the Native Species Butterfly House, a children's playground, a trail system, picnic pavilions and a 125-car parking lot.|
Wildlife to Watch: As a New York State Wildlife Viewing Site, visitors may catch a glimpse of the following species of wildlife on the VIC property: common loon, great blue heron, beaver, red fox, coyote, black bear, white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, muskrat, moose and many species of birds.
Special Tips: Educational programs include on-site science and naturalist programs for adults and schoolchildren, summer activities, trail walks, bird-on-hand programs and lectures. Inside the building, watch the 17-minute slide show, Unlocking the Wilderness, a presentation about settling the Adirondack Park.
Other Activities: The Paul Smiths VIC features 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of backcountry trails for spring, summer and fall use. During the winter, there are 9.5 miles of trails used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Ownership: New York State Adirondack Park Agency
Size: 2885 acres
Closest Town: Paul Smiths
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: