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Textures of the Forest

Week of February 18, 2024 – February 24, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator The recent weather has been uncharacteristically sunny here in Central New York (not to mention warm!), helping to lift our spirits and encourage outdoor adventures. During a walk around the preserve on one of these gorgeous days, I found myself attuned [...]

By |2024-02-25T08:06:08-05:00February 25th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Textures of the Forest


Week of February 11, 2024 – February 17, 2024 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator On a 90°F and sunny summer day, would you rather sit on black pavement or green grass? That’s a question I sometimes ask the 4th grade students in their second Nature in the City program all about energy. Many of them know that [...]

By |2024-02-17T11:21:54-05:00February 17th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Microclimates

Changing Seasonal Adventures

Week of February 4, 2024 – February 10, 2024 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator It is 40 degrees. In February. In Central New York. This doesn’t feel normal to me as someone who grew up around here, but it seems like muddy winters are becoming more common. How I played outside most of winter is [...]

By |2024-02-10T20:26:14-05:00February 10th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Changing Seasonal Adventures

Stories in the Snow

Week of January 28, 2024 – February 3, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator A few days ago, I stepped onto the back deck of the nature center and a huge group of juncos took off twittering towards the woods. I felt bad to have startled them while busily cleaning up stuffed animals and small [...]

By |2024-02-04T14:07:42-05:00February 4th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Stories in the Snow

Spectacular Snowflakes

Week of January 21, 2024 – January 27, 2024 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator Have you ever looked up close at a snowflake? When a weak low-pressure system came through the area on Tuesday, Baltimore Woods got a little over an inch of light and fluffy snow, full of spectacular snowflakes. As I was getting [...]

By |2024-01-26T10:22:00-05:00January 26th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Spectacular Snowflakes

Tea Talk: Cold Weather, Hot Beverage

Week of January 14, 2024 – January 20, 2024 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator When I am going outside in winter, I pack myself a hot drink like tea or hot cocoa, especially with how the wind and snow have been lately. This gives me something to look forward to when I am hiking or [...]

By |2024-01-21T11:02:34-05:00January 21st, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Tea Talk: Cold Weather, Hot Beverage

Exploring New Spaces

Week of January 7, 2024 – January 13, 2024 by Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator When I think of my favorite areas of Baltimore Woods, there are so many special places. From the bubbly waters of Boulder Brook to the fragile fens teeming with rare and unusual plants, this preserve is filled with diverse and beautiful [...]

By |2024-01-13T20:40:17-05:00January 13th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Exploring New Spaces


Week of December 31, 2023 – January 6, 2024 by Catherine McLaughlin, Environmental Educator The final day of the year, at least according to the Gregorian calendar. When many people create resolutions for the new year like being more active or getting quality sleep in. As we close the year we look back on what [...]

By |2024-01-07T07:57:37-05:00January 7th, 2024|naturalist blog|Comments Off on Resolutions

A Magical Winter Solstice

Week of December 24, 2023 – December 30, 2023 by Elizabeth Suzedell, Environmental Educator It’s officially wintertime! While my first thoughts about that aren’t always pleasant, like the bitter cold, short days, or the (seemingly) lifeless forest, the solstice on Thursday reminded me that there is plenty of magic to be found in nature this [...]

By |2023-12-30T22:58:55-05:00December 30th, 2023|naturalist blog|Comments Off on A Magical Winter Solstice
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