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Please note: the Medicine Walk will be held on June 15th, not May 15th as stated in the recent ICNC newsletter!

Upcoming Programs

  • Spring Work Day - Saturday, April 20th - 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Wildflower Walk - Saturday, May 4th - 9:00am

  • Bird Walk #1- Tuesday, May 21st - 8:00am

  • Bird Walk #2 - Saturday, May 25th - 8:00am

  • Medicine Walk - Saturday, June 15th - 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Canoe/Kayak the Marsh - Friday, June 28th, Evening

  • North Country Bioblitz #1: Life in the Forest - Saturday, June 29th - 9:00am-12:00pm (Nature Up North, Held at SLU's Wachtmeister Station - Canton)

  • North Country Bioblitz #2: What Lives in that Water? Pond Life - Saturday, July 13th - 9:00am-12:00pm (Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence Countty, Held at Cornell Cooperative Extension - Canton)

  • North Country Butterflies - Sunday, July 14th - 12:30pm-3:00pm

  • North Country Bioblitz #3: Salamander Saturday - Saturday, July 27th - 9:00am-12:00pm (Nicandri Nature Center, Held at Nicandri Nature Center - Massena)

  • North Country Bioblitz #4: Life from the Boardwalk - Saturday, August 3rd - 10:00am-12:00pm (Indian creek Nature Center, Held at Indian Creek Nature Center - Rensselaer Falls)

Indian Creek Nature Center Is Celebrating 50 Years in 2024!

Conservation Field Days Return to ICNC

Indian Creek Nature Center held Conservation Field Days for over 700 5th grade students from around St Lawrence County on Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 6. Twenty presenters were on site and provided programs on reptiles and amphibians, conservation law, backcountry preparedness, invasive species, hunter safety, sketching, fly fishing, pond life, outdoor skills, forestry, birding and several other topics. 

Main Entrance Sign for Indian Creek Nature Center

Welcome to Indian Creek Nature Center!

Indian Creek Nature Center features ~320 acres of woods and wetland within the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Town of Canton, NY. The Center borders flooded lands between the Oswegatchie and Grasse Rivers designed to enhance waterfowl habitat. The nearly eight miles of trails at Indian Creek include a boardwalk trail through a marsh to an overlook with expansive views of Upper and Lower Lakes WMA. All trails are free and open to the public. Many of the trails include informational plaques or feature self guided nature walks. Please enjoy the center as a wildlife haven with a myriad of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and resident and migratory birds. Guided programs are offered throughout the year. Please contact us for information on guided programs.


Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) is a not-for-profit organization formed to promote and facilitate environmental education and the year-round appreciation of nature and conservation. Our goals are to provide an educational setting and to foster environmental awareness while using adaptive ecosystem management strategies to protect, conserve, and appreciate native fauna and flora. ICNC serves St. Lawrence and surrounding counties, providing opportunities for nature study of all kinds.

ICNC is operated by North Country Conservation-Education Associates, Inc., a section 509(a)(1) nonprofit corporation formed in 1972. We rely on memberships, grantors and donors for operation and maintenance of ICNC. We work to promote and provide an accessible setting for nature education and appreciation. As part of our mission, the Board of Directors periodically update a Master Plan which identifies both short and long range goals, thereby providing a guidance document to direct the operation and continued development of the Nature Center. The Master Plan, rather than being a strict directive, is flexible enough to accommodate other needs and ideas.

Directions to the Center

The Center is located at 770 County Route 14 (CR14), Rensselaer Falls, New York. There are two entrances on CR14, which connect State Route 68 (NY68) to the Village of Rensselaer Falls. From Canton, take NY68 approximately six miles, turning left on CR14 toward Rensselaer Falls. From Ogdensburg, take NY68 approximately 12 miles and turn right on CR14. Proceed approximately three miles to the ICNC east entrance on the left, across from a red barn. This entrance will allow you to access the Wildflower Loop and Upland Trail. Continuing on CR14 approximately 1/2 mile further the ICNC main entrance is reached. This entrance provides access to the Boardwalk, Observation Deck, Lowland, and Observation Tower Trails. In addition, the western end of the Upland Trail may be accessed via this entrance. Parking is at the end of the entrance roads. In addition, there is a small parking lot just before a gate for access when the main entrance road is closed.

Officers and Board of Directors

Officers: Co-Presidents - Cathy Shrady & Tom Van de Water, Vice President - Blanche Town, Treasurer - Tom Wheeler, Secretary - Anne Csete

Board Members: Dr. Anne Csete, Kathleen Duffany, Martin Duffany, Daniel French, Anne Johnson, Evelyn Laferriere, Len Mackey, Davis Rogers, Dr. Cathy Shrady, Dr. Sarah Sirsat, Blanche Town, Dr. Jan Trybula, Tom Van de Water, Eileen Wheeler

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