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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. Summer Long Adventure Baltimore Woods Summer Nature Day Camp runs from July 9 through August 31 at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Send your children ages 4-15 for week long outdoor adventures. FMI and registration packets at www.baltimorewoods.org, or call 315 673-1350. Advance registration is required. August Events 12    Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower        9-11 pm. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the year’s best meteor showers and one of our most popular astronomy programs. In addition: how about views of Neptune and Uranus? Saturn will be getting low in the west, and great views of the summer Milky Way continue. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and gaze for meteors. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. Back-up date: August 13. 18    Barefoot Hike         1-2:30pm Free your feet! Come feel the earth under your soles at Baltimore Woods, as Barefoot Bob (our Star Party leader) reconnects you to this underutilized and healthy mode of transportation. Join Bob for a half-mile barefoot hike along the Valley Trail over grass, wooden bridges, leaves and soil. Your feet will thank you! Accommodates 5-20. This program is not intended for families with strollers. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. 25   Nature Journaling        10-11am Journaling about the wonders of nature creates a deep connection and love for the environment. Join Naturalist Becky Lynch and learn how to implement writing, drawing, photography and more into your nature journals— really get your creative juices flowing! You will create your own journal from recycled materials and learn all the important elements of this meditative practice. This program is ideal for beginners and no art skills are needed! Supplies will be provided. $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
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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, July 6th, 2012 @ 10:44 pm by Curt
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Baltimore Woods Executive Director Patty Weisse Named ?Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Syracuse University Falcone Center Presented Prestigious Award

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – On Saturday April 14th the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University named Baltimore Woods Executive Director Patty Weisse Social Entrepreneur of the Year.  The prestigious award was issued during the Whitman School of Management’s Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence.   Ms. Weisse was chosen because of her work to build sustainability into Baltimore Woods’ programs and build social equity in the community.

Ms Weisse’s leadership skills and Baltimore Woods’ Nature in the City program were key factors leading to this award.

“Central New York has been the ideal place to bring up a family.  We’ve been so fortunate to raise our children where they can play outside and be a part of the community.  The least I can do is help make sure other children have the same opportunities –regardless of race or economic background.  We have everything we need right in our neighborhoods to do a great job teaching children,” remarked Ms. Weisse.  “Baltimore Woods staff, board, and volunteers all work tirelessly to make this dream a reality.  I’m honored by the award – but really – it belongs to everyone that has given so generously of their time, talent, and resources for Baltimore Woods work throughout CNY.”

The Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year is designed to recognize entrepreneurs who intentionally pursue the public good while mobilizing resources to areas of higher productivity and yield.

“Patty Weisse is a model not-for-profit leader and we are lucky to have her in our community,” said Professor Thomas Lumpkin, the Chris J. Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, before presenting the award. “The philanthropic community is holding up higher expectations for not-for-profits to build sustainability into their programs as they build social equity in the community.  Patty does this in spades.”

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About Patty Weisse:
Patty Weisse has been Baltimore Woods’ Executive Director since 1998.  She has a BS and MS in Geology from Lehigh University and University of Massachusetts, respectively.  She taught Geology at Wellesley College for three years and spent ten years as a secondary science educator teaching courses in Environmental Studies, Earth Science, A.P. Chemistry and Physics.

Weisse’s switch from the formal education setting to the informal setting at Baltimore Woods was fueled by a desire to create programs that truly support schools with their educational challenges.  Using her experience in a school environment, she created the Nature in the City program in 2002 and has helped cultivate the relationship between Baltimore Woods, the Syracuse City School District, and the greater CNY community that has sustained the program in eleven Syracuse elementary schools.

She is serving currently as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Nature Center Administrators.

Patty lives in Skaneateles with her husband George Thomas and three grown children: Elizabeth, Marshall and Will.

About Nature in the City:

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to over 5,000 K-6 grade urban school children in Syracuse annually. Educational dollars from corporate sponsors and Onondaga County Save the Rain Green Infrastructure Program match the Syracuse City School District’s support for the program.  Corporate sponsors for the current school year include Byrne Dairy, CNY Air & Waste Management, Colonial Laundromat, Constellation Energy, Dominion Resources, Lockheed Martin, National Grid, SRC, Inc., CNY Air and Waste Management Association and Syracuse University’s Near Westside Initiative. Lessons are tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards and support teachers while directly impacting student learning in science. Holding programs using walking field trips to parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom ensures that the students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant and meaningful.  This strategy leads to expanded opportunities for students with a positive outlook on science and how it relates to their lives.

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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

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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caption: Thomas Lumpkin, the Chris J. Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship of the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, presents Patty Weisse, Executive Director, Baltimore Woods Nature Center with the award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012. photo courtesy of the Falcone Center

Posted: Friday, April 20th, 2012 @ 11:53 am by Curt
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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
Nature in your hands

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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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