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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.

June Events
5     Star Party: Venus Transit
5:30-7:30pm
A Star Party during the day? That’s right! Venus will be moving across the sun, and you can watch! These “transits” are extremely rare. The last one was in 2004, and the one before that, in 1882 was used to calculate the distance of the Earth from the Sun and, subsequently, the size of our solar system! The next won’t occur until 2117. You’ll want to catch this one! $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

12   That’s Ferntastic!
10:30am
Tom loves ferns… a lot. Join him on this easy walk to discover the ferns growing in Baltimore Woods, and to see why their elegant fiddleheads and beautiful fronds have not only survived for millennia, but have also fascinated people for generations. $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers.

16, 23, and 30 Frog Catching Party
1-3pm
Frogs! Where? Down at Phillips Pond of course! Join our Naturalists for a celebration of all things frogs as we engage in this classic childhood activity. Space is limited to 30 people— register early. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

20   Solstice Stroll
7:30-9pm
Join one of our Naturalists for a pleasant hike through the evening woods, celebrating the longest day of the year. Experience the sights and sounds of the forest as animals prepare for the night. We’ll stroll past the beaver pond in hopes of seeing these elusive creatures in action. We won’t stay out ‘til the cows come home, but perhaps ‘til the fireflies come out! $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

29   Nature’s Little Explorers Frog Frenzy (for preschool age children)
10-11:30am
Join us for every child’s favorite nature activity – catching frogs! We will supply the nets and you supply the child. Wear clothes and shoes that will get MUDDY! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the lower parking lot. $5/child (member); $8/child (nonmember); adults free.

29   Home School Expeditions Stream  Stomp
1-2:30pm
Get into exploring a stream – literally! Students will wade in our stream searching for invertebrates and other animals to help us determine Baltimore Brook’s water quality. Wear sturdy water shoes and shorts, and get ready to get wet! Meet at the lower parking lot. $5/child (member); $8/child (nonmember); adults free.

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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: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 @ 11:26 pm by Curt
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Get Out and Garden!

Plant Sale at The Woods Features Native Plants

MARCELLUS, NY: The plant sale at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th, 2012.

Both days feature native plants grown especially for The Woods by Phoenix Flower Farm and Crazy Daisies. A list of the natives available at the sale is posted at baltimorewoods.org and includes ferns, shrubs spring and summer blooming perennials including red and white trilliums. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate hard to find native plants into your garden design.

Other plants available for purchase include hanging baskets, herbs, and other shrubs and perennials. Everything needed for the garden can be found in the excellent variety and quality of plants offered in this sale by The Woods.

 

On Friday, May 18th the sale is open to Members of Baltimore Woods Only and is held from 4-7pm. There will be tastings from Lakeland Winery and Empire Brewing. A gift of an American Chestnut seed ready to plant will be given to members. Become a member of The Woods and come to the advance sale be first to select among the plants you are looking for.

 

On Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 2pm the sale is open to the public. Bring your friends and enjoy your spring planting plans.  Choose your quality plants and receive expert gardening advice. The volunteers who tend our gardens will be on hand to advise you, to discuss topics such as preferred soil types and sun and shade requirements, and to assure your new plants maximum chance for success in your garden. On Saturday there will be raffles and food available.

 

Visa and Mastercard accepted. There is no admission fee and parking is free. The event takes place rain or shine.

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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

 

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 @ 9:05 am 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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BWNC Maple syrup program

BWNC Maple syrup program

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.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information

FEBRUARY 2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Project FeederWatch (more…)

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Press Release: For Immediate Release
11.03.10
Contact: Thea Reidy 315 247-7904 (cell); 314 673-1350 (office)
info@baltimorewoods.org

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.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information

December Calendar of Events:

Saturday 4th Saturday Fly-Ties 11am-Noon

As fishing season wraps up, Baltimore Woods invites you to bring your tools and materials for fly-tying. We’ll learn and share fly tying techniques while enjoying coffee and camaraderie. Please register. Donations appreciated.

Saturday 4th Project FeederWatch Kick-Off 2pm-3pm

Join us for the official start of our Project FeederWatch program. Naturalists will lead a talk about birds in winter and discuss how you can attract more birds to your own yard. We’ll learn to identify some of these hardy wintertime visitors and collect important information to help scientist study these amazing creatures. Members $5, $15/family; nonmembers $8, $25/family.

Monday 6th Home School Expeditions 10am

No Scheduled Program, however, The Woods will be open. We encourage you to come out for a family snowshoe adventure. The nonmember rental fee is $5 per person; Members borrow snowshoes free of charge.

Friday 10th Project FeederWatch 10am-3pm

Stop by the Interpretive Center to participate in Project FeederWatch. Baltimore Woods is partnering with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to collect important data about birds. Become a citizen scientist spending a few moments recording what birds are visiting our feeders, and contribute to bird conservation efforts. Donations appreciated.

Saturday 11th Caroling in the Woods 7pm-8:30pm

Pick up a lantern and song sheet and enjoy a beloved tradition at Baltimore Woods. Bring natural treats to hang for the birds and holiday treats to share with fellow carolers. Finish up the night with hot drinks in the Interpretive Center where a special guest may stop by to visit! This event is free for both members and nonmembers if you bring cookies to share.

Tuesday 14th Keep it Natural, “Not a Creature Was Stirring….” 10:30am

This time of year, many critters are nestled in their beds for the winter waiting out the winter. We’ll discuss the wintering habits of several animals found in Central New York while we enjoy warming refreshments. Members $5; nonmembers $8.

Friday 17th Project FeederWatch 10am-3pm

See description on December 10th.

Saturday 18th Project FeederWatch 10am-3pm

See description on December 10th.

Saturday 18th Frost Moon Snowshoe Hike 7pm-8:30pm

Spend a magical evening outdoors under the year’s last full moon. Take a moonlit walk with a Baltimore Woods naturalist. Along the way, enjoy the peaceful beauty of the season and pause to appreciate the solitude this time of year brings. Snowshoes included in the price of registration, children’s sizes available for ages 4 and up. Come for a moonlit hike if there’s no snow. Accommodates 12-25; registration required. Members $5, family $15; nonmembers $8, family $25.

Monday 20th Nature’s Little Explorers 10am-11am

Children and parents —join us for fun and discovery as we learn about the natural world around us. These guided explorations follow Growing Up Wild curriculum designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required, accommodates 5-20 preschoolers. Members $8/preschooler; nonmembers $12.

Night Tree Join Baltimore Woods as we read Night Tree by Eve Bunting. After, we will create festive treats for our wildlife friends and use them to decorate our own winter tree here at Baltimore Woods.

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th

Interpretive Center Closed for Christmas

While the Interpretive Center is closed, use of the trails and parking are free and open dawn to dusk. The Interpretive Center reopens Monday, December 27th. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday 29th Christmas Bird Count 9am-Noon

Please join us for our annual Christmas Bird Count, a tradition started in the United States by Audubon ornithologist Frank Chapman over a hundred years ago. Spend time counting birds at our feeder viewing area or join naturalists afield to look for birds in the woods. The data collected here at Baltimore Woods is be added to our bird archives and helps us to see bird population trends. Registration required. Donations appreciated.

Friday 31st

Interpretive Center Closed

It’s ben nother great year of “Nature in Your Hands” The Interpretive Center will be closed today, but please take advantage of our free parking and hiking trails that are open dawn to dusk.

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

Posted: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 @ 9:01 pm by Curt
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