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The Wild Center

Tupper Lake, Franklin Co.

Images of people enjoying the animals and nature at The Wild center

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The Wild Center's indoor and outdoor exhibits feature plenty of hands-on nature and hundreds of live animals from rare native trout to river otters, turtles the size of walnuts and many other often hard-to-see residents of the woods and waters.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Indoor exhibits such as the "Living River Trail" featuring live otters and "Find Our Forest," filled with high definition media screens
  • Trails, overlooks, outdoor exhibits and bird blind

Recreational Opportunities

  • Museum/visitor center
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Guided nature walks and canoe tours

Accessible Features

International Symbol of Accessibility

This site has accessible features that include a visitors center/museum and a 0.2 mile loop trail around Greenleaf Pond. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


31 acres

Closest Town

Tupper Lake


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Contact Information

Telephone: 518-359-7800

Address: 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Website: The Wild Center (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: The Wild Center