Phase I: Grow Baltimore Woods to 270+ acres! As of March 2022, the first phase of this effort has been completed and 90 adjacent acres have been acquired to physically grow the preserve! This acquisition could not have been possible without the support of a dedicated and generous community of partners and supporters who have contributed significant time and financial contributions over the past three years – thank you to everyone who helped make this vision a reality! While this new part of the preserve isn’t ready to be open to the public yet, plans are underway to open the first new trail in June and we cannot wait to share new explorations and adventures with our community now and for generations to come.
Phase II: Community, Stewardship, and a Growing Mission. With 50% additional acreage comes the necessity of expanding Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s capacity for stewardship of the land and expanding facilities to support the accompanying increase in environmental education, play, recreation and research that takes place at this much-loved nature preserve. Located on the adjacent property to the south, the newest parcels include acres of woodlands, streams, and agricultural fields that we will work to conserve, restore, and make accessible to the public through establishment of trails and amenities that are supported in perpetuity through a stewardship endowment. Additional ongoing projects will focus on updates and expansion of the John A. Weeks Interpretive Center, including new exhibits and community spaces that will allow us to accommodate more visitors and staff, host new programs, and create even more connections to nature for all ages in all seasons.
Through engaging experiences and place-based exploration, we envision communities united in stewardship and love of the natural world and we hope you share in our excitement for the possibilities this expansion provides for the Central New York community today, tomorrow, and long into the future! We are grateful for your support as we continue to grow and serve you as your community nature center!