Signs of Spring
Spring has sprung, which is a big deal for frogs and salamanders! How did they survive the winter? Where did they all suddenly come from? We’ll answer these questions and more as we explore a most mysterious and astounding natural phenomenon: the great amphibian awakening. This program will include an easy hike on fairly flat trails. Program for adults. $6 for members; $9 for public.
Star Party: Hello to Spring Skies
Watch as the seasons change, both on the ground and in the starry night. Orion will be setting and being replaced by Leo the Lion. Back-up date April 14th. Program for all ages. $6 for members; $9 for public.
April 19 – Rescheduled to May 1st!
Derby Hill Field Trip
UPDATE: The Derby Hill Field Trip has been rescheduled to May 1st and there is still space available. The carpool group will meet at Baltimore Woods at 9am and the program will start at Derby Hill at 10am.
Spring hawk migration peaks in April, and the Derby Hill Bird Observatory is the best place around to catch it. Hundreds of raptors fly overhead each day on their way north around Lake Ontario, surely a sight to see! Meet at Baltimore Woods at 9am to carpool, or meet the group at 10am at Derby Hill. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Program for adults. $6 for members; $9 for public.
Earth Day Restoration Service Project
Looking for a great way to give back to the earth? Join our Land Manager, Fran Lawlor, in a morning of habitat restoration at Baltimore Woods on Earth Day. The projects will include removal of exotic plant species and restoring native plant communities that will better support wildlife. Meet at the lower parking lot at 9am. After lunch, join the staff and enjoy an afternoon of fun outdoor activities for the whole community at our Earth Day Celebration from 1-4pm.
Earth Day Celebration
1-4pm Family Event!
Baltimore Woods Nature Center welcomes families to spend the afternoon outside for the day that celebrates what Baltimore Woods celebrates every day: respect of nature.
This free community event will include a reptile show starring turtles, face painting , and “upcycling” crafts to transform garbage into a treasure. Guests can explore the Trail of Beauty, a self-guided trail trimmed with inspirational quotes, and then write one of their own at the end. There will be guided hikes at two levels: families with older children can wander the Valley Trail, while families with younger kids can explore more flat terrain, rolling logs over to see what lies beneath. Children can use their imagination by taking part in a 30-minute nature yoga adventure. All are encouraged to join Baltimore Woods staff and investigate the nature around them!
Information tables will be set up with various themes of nature conservation. Visitors can increase their knowledge of solar energy. The Central New York Land Trust will share information about Baltimore Woods and the 2800 acres it protects in 48 nature preserves in the local area. Habitat Gardening in CNY (HGCNY) will teach guests how to create backyard gardens that promote healthy ecosystems through native plantings. An interactive display from Onondaga County Save the Rain empowers community members to be environmental stewards. Finally, the Watershed Station, a staple in the Baltimore Woods’ Nature in the City program educates on the water cycle, Onondaga Lake, and green infrastructure using a 3D model.
April 21 & 22, 28 & 29
Weekend Wildflower Walks
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. Call for accessibility information. Donations appreciated.
Spring Wild Edibles: The Hunt for the Wild Leek
Join us as we celebrate spring by foraging for and cooking with early, wild, edible plants. Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, and prepare a wild treat with campfire cooking. Meet in the lower parking lot. Program for ages 10 and up. $6 for members; $9 for public.