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Baltimore Woods Nature Center October 2011 events

1 Star Party: National Astronomy Day Back-up date: October 2nd.
7:30-9:30pm
The first weekend in October is home to National Astronomy Day—celebrate and come and have a look at the skies! View the planets Uranus and Neptune through telescopes, plus the early winter star clusters such as the Pleiades, along with the king of the planets, Jupiter, rising in the east. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

15 If These Trees Could Talk
1-2:30pm
Join Baltimore Woods Naturalist Tom Meier on a journey through time. The shape of the forests at Baltimore Woods is intimately tied to the lifestyles of all the people who came before. This hike will take an inspiring look at the history of the preserve and the ever changing relationships between people and the land, as told through the eyes of the colorful autumn trees. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

19 Volunteer Lunch
Noon
On the third Wednesday of the month Baltimore Woods offers our volunteers a lunch of locally harvested foods at the Interpretive Center. All our volunteers are welcome! Please call ahead to register.

22 Double Dog Dare Walk
8-9:30pm
Baltimore Woods dares you — no, double dog dares you, to walk through the woods with only the moon lighting your way! Search for creatures that go bump in the night and for treats hidden along the trails. Accommodates 10-25 participants. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

Thea Reidy
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
www.baltimorewoods.org
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Posted: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 @ 7:09 pm by Curt
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Sycamore Hill Gardens, Onondaga County, Skaneateles, Marcellus Spring

Baltimore Woods Onondaga County, Skaneateles, Marcellus Spring

Calendar of Events and activities MAY 2011

1, 7, 8, 14, and 15 Weekend Wildflower Walks 2-3pm

BWNC’s premier woodland wildflower garden is a local treasure. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a pleasant walk through one of the wonders of spring. Each week new species will bloom, and Audrey will reveal their past and present medicinal and culinary uses. The garden is handicap accessible; please call ahead if you need assistance. Donations appreciated.

Attached photo: Trillium grandiflorum courtesy of Tom Meier copyright 2008

4 Birding Series: Identifying and Understanding Raptors 7-8:30pm Take a closer look at raptors, including species ID, behavior, and migration patterns. Onondaga Audubon’s Gerry Smith will share his impressive wealth of knowledge and experiences monitoring raptors at Derby Hill. Join him for the Derby Hill Field Trip on May 7th. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

Attached photo: Coopers Hawk courtesy of Tom Meier copyright 2008

5 Star Party: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 8:30-10:30

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, resulting from dust left over from Halley’s Comet, should be a treat. Saturn and the spring Milky Way will not disappoint either! Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you want to lie back and watch for meteors. Back-up date: May 6. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

7 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: Gardening for Monarchs and Other Butterflies 2-3:30pm

Do you see as many butterflies as you did in the past? Most people’s favorite butterfly, the monarch, is beautiful and has a fascinating life history, but it’s facing great challenges to its survival. Other previously common butterflies are also at risk. Learn how to create a Monarch Waystation to help the monarch butterfly, and how you can provide for the needs of other butterflies, too. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

7 Bird Field Trip: Raptors at Derby Hill 8:30am-1pm Test your raptor ID skills at Derby Hill. This exposed hilltop lies directly in the path of a major raptor migration route, and on a good day you can see hundreds of these magnificent birds. Gerry Smith will be on hand to offer ID tips and provide insight into the ongoing raptor monitoring project. Meet at Baltimore Woods at 7am to carpool, or meet at Derby Hill at 8am. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

8 Mother’s Day Garden Tour and Art Exhibit and Sale at Sycamore Hill Gardens 11am-4pm

Invest in some family time, bring Mom out to enjoy over 30 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds with over 500,000 flowering bulbs, 700 flowering trees and shrubs. Browse the art exhibit for unique pieces of art to treasure. Take the color and joy of the garden home with you— hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Tickets for the garden tour are $5 through May 1st; $10 after May 1st and at gate. Visit www.baltimorewoods.com for complete information and ticket sale locations.

attached photo: Sycamore Hill Gardens courtesy of Karen Hanford copyright 2009

10 Keep it Natural: Birds and Beavers 10:30-11:30am

Join a naturalist on a favorite spring outing along the Griffith’s Trail in search of migrant birds and resident beavers. The altered landscape of the flats should bring some interesting finds! $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

11 Birding Series: Kick It Up a Notch: Calls, Behavior, Warblers 7 – 8:30pm This last program in our birding series will introduce you to more advanced topics, including identifying bird calls, using behavior as an ID tool, and the excitingly daunting world of warblers. The follow up field trip (May 14) will give us a chance to spot warblers during peak migration. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

14 Birding Field Trip: Local Hot Spots II 8-11am CNY is blessed with excellent birding opportunities. Join BWNC and Onondaga Audubon on this day trip to explore some great local hot spots. This trip will reinforce bird call and warbler ID. Meet at Baltimore Woods. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

14 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators 2-3:30pm

Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat – and that these pollinators are at risk? The world has been buzzing with news of the honey bees’ Colony Collapse Disorder, but other pollinators are in trouble, too. Learn about the importance of pollination in our own gardens and beyond, and about the challenges bees face. And learn the simple steps you can take in your own yard to help these useful creatures–and to enjoy the busy-ness and buzziness they can bring to your yard! $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

14 Members Only Plant and Herb Sale at Baltimore Woods 4-7pm and

15 Plant and Herb Sale at Baltimore Woods 10am -3pm open to the public.

Come to The Woods to outfit your spring garden. Native plants and perennials, herbs, shrubs and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. Gardening experts are on hand to answer your questions. Win the raffles, snack in the café, browse gently-used garden related items in the “gardenage” garage sale.
Free parking , no admission charge. Event held rain or shine!

16 Nature’s Little Explorers: Attracting Woodland Fairies 10-11am
Through folklore and observation explorers experience the forest first-hand. The highly imaginative mind of the explorer is used as a stepping stone to the investigation of the living and non-living world of a woodland forest. Explorers can come to their own conclusions regarding the existence of woodland fairies, whose sole purpose it is said is to protect the plants and animals of Baltimore Woods.

Join Baltimore Woods in fun and discovery as we follow the Growing Up Wild curriculum, along with Baltimore Woods’ original programming, to learn about the natural world around us.
Children and parents will be guided through exploration and discovery of the natural world all around us.Programs are for children 3-5 years old. Registration is required.
Cost per explorer: $8 members; $12 nonmembers.

16 Home School Expeditions: Photosynthesis Phun (grades 1-3) 1-2pm
Learn about adaptations plants have that allow them to survive and thrive in Central New York. Using visual presentations and hands-on games and activities, students will learn how plants make energy to live and reproduce.
Join Baltimore Woods as we learn about science and the natural world right here in Central New York in this hour-long program for our home school audience. Students discover the wonder and excitement of science in the great outdoors.
Registration is required. Cost per student: $8 for members; $12 for non-members

21 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: Creating a Bird Friendly Yard 2-3:30pm

Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Learn some interesting facts about some of CNY’s favorite backyard birds, such as the hummingbird, chickadee, and others. Learn how to enhance your yard so it appeals to even more birds, and how you can help conserve birds beyond your own yard. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

28 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: “Green” Your Yard 2-3:30pm

You can help create a healthy planet by using earth-friendly landscaping and gardening practices right in your own yard. Find out how to reduce the size of your lawn and care for the remaining lawn in an earth-friendly way. Learn about composting – both indoors and outside, about water conservation, and about many other ways you can truly green-up your yard and the planet.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays.
The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information.

Thea Reidy
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
www.baltimorewoods.org
Nature in your hands

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Posted: Friday, April 8th, 2011 @ 8:36 am by Curt
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Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays.
The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information.

Calendar of Events

APRIL 2011
2 Habitat Gardening Workshop with Carolyn Summers:
8-10am Why Natives? and Principles of Safe Sex in the Garden;

10:30am-12:30 Basic Design Concepts and Showy Native Plants

The Habitat Gardening in Central New York, a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. brings author Carolyn Summers to Baltimore Woods for a two part workshop introducing the principles of native and habitat gardening. For details and full workshop description, visit our website, or www.hgcny.org.

9 Saturday Fly Tie 11am-noon

Spring fishing is almost here and those flies won’t tie themselves! Join Tom for a relaxing Saturday morning at the tying vise. Don’t forget your tools, materials, and fish stories. Please register, donations appreciated.

12 Keep it Natural: Sally Hunt 10:30-11:30am

Baltimore Woods is home to several species of salamanders. Join us on a spring hike in search of sallies and their habitats. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

16 “Eat Your Enemy” Earth Day Event 10am-1pm

Once again, The Woods needs you to be part of our special task force against the highly invasive garlic mustard. This edible plant was brought to America as part of pioneer gardens; however, it is invasive and now endangers native woodland wildflowers. Whether you volunteer pulling garlic mustard or sprucing up the grounds, gardens and trails, you will be treated to a lunch that features unique and delicious dishes featuring garlic mustard as the special ingredient.  Bring your friends and eat your enemy! Please register.

16, 17, 23, 24, 30 Weekend Wildflower Walks 2-3pm

Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s premier woodland wildflower garden is a local treasure. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a pleasant walk through one of the wonders of spring. Each week new species will bloom, and Audrey will reveal their past and present medicinal and culinary uses. The garden is handicap accessible; please call ahead if you need assistance. Donations appreciated. 

18-22  April Spring Break Camp: Mud Week 2011!  9am-4pm

Bring on the mud! It’s time for spring break and that can only mean Mud Week at Baltimore Woods! Join us for a week of exploration and adventure in the spring mud. We’ll explore the pond, the beaver dams, Harrison’s Hideaway, and more! Don’t miss the 5th Annual Great Log Roll Off! Check out the BWNC website for details and registration forms. Before and after care available. For children ages 5-12. Space is limited, so register early! Ah…mud!

22 Star Party: Lyrid Meteor Shower 8:30-10:30pm

Join Bob Piekiel to catch the Lyrid meteor shower, caused by dust from the Comet Thatcher. Saturn will be at its closest and brightest for the year. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you want to lie back and watch for meteors. Back-up date: April 23. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.
23 Natural Eggs-travaganza 10:30-noon

Families are invited to this celebration of spring that includes natural egg dying and a treasure hunt through Baltimore Woods. First, follow the clues to the golden egg, your ticket to tasty treats. Then, back at the center, enjoying dying eggs with natural dyes. Registration required. Members $15/family; nonmembers $25/family.

25 Nature’s Little Explorers: Sensing Nature 10-11am

Why do birds call? Why are plants green? What does fur feel like? Explorers will engage in a variety of interactive sensory activities, to discover the answers to these natural mysteries. Please visit  www.baltimorewoods.org for full program description.
25 Home School Expeditions: Traveling Water Drop (grades 3-6) 1pm-2pm

Have you ever been trapped in a cloud or glacier? How about fall from the sky or get hurtled down rapids? Explore the interactions people have with the complex water cycle. Please visit  www.baltimorewoods.org for full program description.
27 Birding Series: Getting Started 7-8:30pm:BWNC and the Onondaga Audubon Society team up to help get you started with a hobby that promises a lifetime of joy. This first program focuses on species ID tips and tricks, binocular selection, and bird feeding essentials. There will be a corresponding field trip on Saturday the 30th. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers. 27 Birding Series: Getting Started 7-8:30pm

30 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: Habitat Gardening for Life 2-3:30pm

Caring for our own yard is the most immediate way we care for the earth. By providing habitat for even the smallest creatures and by using earth-friendly landscaping practices, we can help create a healthy planet for our future generations. Just as important, we can reconnect with the natural world as we enjoy our own little piece of the earth every day. Become a habitat gardener and watch your yard come to life! $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

30 Bird Field Trip: Baltimore Woods and other Local Hot Spots 8-11am Here’s a chance to put into practice the basic birding skills learned from the workshop on the 27th. We will visit some key birding hotspots close to Marcellus. Meet our group of skilled birders at Baltimore Woods. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.


Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
www.baltimorewoods.org
Nature in your hands
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Posted: Sunday, March 6th, 2011 @ 9:54 am by Curt
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Baltimore Woods Nature in the City

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays.
The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information

Nature in the City Cultivates Wonder
Baltimore Woods Nature Center Program Celebrates Proven Success

Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s Nature in the City program ignites an interest in science in thousands of Syracuse students. Recent measurement of outcomes from a fifth grade energy program taken by pre- and post test scores indicate an average 50% improvement in fifth graders’ knowledge and understanding of energy following Nature in the City instruction. Now in it’s seventh year, the award-winning program delivers natural science education programs to students in grades K-6 in eleven Syracuse city schools. Nature in the City meets New York State science curriculum standards. (more…)

Posted: Saturday, January 15th, 2011 @ 10:09 am by Curt
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For a limited time only, your purchase of a gift membership to Baltimore Woods Nature Center comes with a $5 gift card redeemable to any program, event, or merchandise at Baltimore Woods.

Much more than that, membership comes with the promise of delight and wonder of the natural world “in your hands.”

Memberships are available at many levels. Click here to download the membership application.
Call 315 673-1350, or visit our website: www.baltimorewoods.org for more ways to register.

Truly the gift that keeps giving all year-long, your gift of a year’s membership to The Woods entitles the bearer to many benefits including:
Free use of modern snowshoes while at Baltimore Woods
Quarterly newsletter subscription
Discounted or waived fees on public programs
Art Gallery Opportunities for Members Only
Discounts at over 150 nature centers across the United States and Canada click here for the list of participating nature centers
Reduced rental rate for the John A.Weeks Interpretive Center
Summer Camp and School Break Adventure Camp (at the Family level or higher)
Free admission to the NY State Zoo at Thompson Park, Watertown, NY
Members Only Plant Sale Special Date
Voting rights at the BWNC Annual Meeting
The most important benefit, however, is the satisfaction of knowing you support conservation and place-based education in Central New York.

Thank You!
We look forward to seeing you, your friends and family at The Woods.

About Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Baltimore Woods Nature Center offers people of all ages opportunities to enjoy and learn about nature first-hand. The Center promotes a positive environment that encourages lifelong respect for nature, for others, and for self. Numerous programs and events are held year-long for children and families, adults, and seniors.

The 180 acre property in Marcellus, NY includes a pond, streams, gardens, and overlooks. Six miles of maintained hiking trails are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. The Weeks Art Gallery and the Interpretive Center are open weekdays from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. It is closed on Sundays. The Center will be closed December 24th and 25th for Christmas, and December 31st, 2010 and January 1st, 2011 for the New Year holiday.

Please call 315.673.1350 or visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 @ 11:29 am by Curt
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