$5 per person
Learn to identify invasive plant species and get some tips on controlling them at this workshop with consulting ecologist Sandy Bonanno. Sandy received her MS in Ecology from ESF, and has worked for the Nature Conservancy in addition to her work as a self-employed consultant.
8:30am – 2pm
$25 per person
You don't even have to leave the city to find nature. Rand Tract consists of 97 acres of wild lands owned by and in the heart of the City of Syracuse. Join a naturalist and other nature enthusiasts to explore the trails together for a few hours, and then eat a picnic lunch. Bring your own lunch and meet at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Transportation provided.
8:30am – 1:00pm
$7 per person
The flat, smooth paths along the Erie Canal make for an enjoyable bike ride, but they also bring you through excellent bird habitat. Join a naturalist for a leisurely ride along the canal, stopping occasionally to observe wildlife. Meet at the Cedar Bay parking lot with your bike, binoculars, water, and snacks, ready to go by 8:30 am.
8am – 12pm
Take advantage of a new place to go birding, right in the city! Join expert birder Joe Brin to walk "the most attractive stretch of trail in the City of Syracuse". Bring your binoculars to observe water birds along Onondaga Lake and songbirds in the excellent habitat bordering other sections of the trail. Transportation provided.
Have you noticed some invasive plants creeping in around your favorite trails? Join with a group of other concerned Beaver Lake devotees and get your exercise pulling out invasive plants before they spread further. A guide will supervise each group to help with identification questions and best uprooting techniques. We’ll thank you for your help with pizza for lunch.
10am – 2pm
Free with $3 per vehicle admission
Ideal for beginners but just as informative for experienced kayakers, this opportunity allows visitors to try out a variety of kayak models on Beaver Lake and to ask questions of the experienced staff of Eastern Mountain Sports. Sales of kayaks, paddles, accessories, car racks, and more will be available at a discount.
8am – 12noon
In the town of Van Buren, Whiskey Hollow is one of the only three Important Bird Areas in Onondaga County. Spend a beautiful spring morning in this rich habitat viewing a wide variety of species with local birder Joe Brin. Transportation provided.
8:30am – 4:30pm
$25 per person
Visit Highland Forest in early summer, taking the opportunity to hike some different terrain through habitat than you might not find at Beaver Lake. Spend the day walking the trails with a naturalist and enjoying all the summer has to offer. Bring a picnic lunch. Transportation provided.
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Join us as we paddle around Beaver Lake and drift across the still waters of the night-shrouded lake. The serene lighting of the full moon will illuminate our way as we experience Beaver Lake's nocturnal mood. Registration is required.
7am – 12noon
Spend a beautiful June morning visiting prime habitat for warblers, vireos and Swainson's Thrush in Northern Oswego County. Brider Joe Brin will take the group to key birding spots in the area to look for these and other species.