Upcoming Programs and Events

Spring & Summer 2022 Public Programs!

Outdoor programs continue with mask and social distancing protocols until further notice. We recognize that COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. We encourage everyone to put safety first and mask wearing will be mandatory for all programs unless stated otherwise by leader(s). We reserve the right to ask you to leave the program should you not have/wear a mask.

Please check our website, Facebook, or Instagram for updates on environmental education programs. Public programs are provided free of charge by volunteer naturalists and educators.

Photograph of the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area marsh in spring

View from the Lowland Trail blind in spring- Photo by J. Ozard

All programs take place at Indian Creek Nature Center, meeting at the main entrance parking area off County Route 14 unless otherwise noted. Please RSVP for programs by contacting us with your name and group size.

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Annual General Meeting (and Picnic!)
Rescheduled Date: Tuesday, June 14 from 5:00-7:00pm

The Indian Creek Nature Center Board of Directors invites you to join us live and in person for our 2022 Annual Dinner and Meeting. The meeting and dinner will be at the pavilion at ICNC. We will have a short members meeting to elect new Board members, convey information, and celebrate Board members who have reached their term limit. Learn what has been going on at the Nature Center, visit with friends and fellow members, and enjoy local food!

Big Spoon is catering the dinner. The cost is $30 dollars per person. Please register your choice for a main dish (vegan/vegetarian/meat and lactose free/gluten free-friendly options are available), side, and dessert by June 10th. Forms need to be filled out for each person attending! Please bring your own beverage and 
let us know if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Spring Workday
Rescheduled Date: Saturday, June 11 8:30am–12:00noon

Join Board members for a workday to get the Center in order from the winter. Tools will be supplied or bring your own. There’s plenty of work for all.

Leader: Roger Hutchinson (315) 386-4795

Butterflies and Dragonflies at Taylor Creek State Forest
Date: Saturday, June 18, 10:30am–1:00pm

Meet at the corner of Selleck Road and Bucks Pond Road (44°29'33.5"N, 75°01'41.6"W). We’ll explore the dike at Buck Pond Road in Taylor Creek State Forest. If it is sunny there will be sure to be a good variety of dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies right there.  One of New York's rare dragonflies can often be seen flying there at that time. If time permits, we will explore parts of the nearby State Forest as well. Kids are welcome, and if you have an insect net feel free to bring it. Please register ahead of the date at natdisc@gmail.com.

Leader: Steven Daniel

Family Birding and Nature Walk
Date: Sunday, May 1, 10:00am–12:00noon

Join us and our colleagues from Nature Up North for a walk at ICNC. Learn how to use easy and free apps on your phone to identify plants, birds, and other animals. We will have binoculars available if you would like to borrow them. All ages are welcome to this May Day family event.

Leaders: Nick Hamilton-Honey and Kayla Edmunds

Spring Wildflowers at ICNC
Date: Saturday, May 7, 9:30am–12:00noon. Rain date, May 8th.

Spring ephemerals should be in full bloom and trees will be getting ready to leaf out at the Wildflower Loop; join botanist Anne Johnson at the East Entrance for an enjoyable springtime stroll around the loop and beyond.

Leader: Anne Johnson

Birdwalk – Migratory Bird Day
Date: Saturday, May 14, starting at 8:00am

Join us for some spring birding on the Indian Creek Nature Center trails. Whether the birds are returning to Indian Creek to nest or just passing through, there will be lots of bird song and colorful species to observe. Binoculars, long pants, and insect repellent are recommended.

Leaders: Eileen Wheeler

Water Chestnut Removal Effort
Date: Saturday, Saturday, June 25, 9:00am–2:00pm

The St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management is sponsoring a water chestnut removal effort including manual hand-pulls conducted by agency staff, partners, and volunteers, along with using mechanical harvesters. The Village of Heuvelton Fire Department is donating lunch for this event. There are three tracks for this event.

      Track 1 –  Village of Heuvelton boat launch to the Eel Weir State Park, approximately 4 hours.

      Track 2 –  First session hand-pull in conjunction with mechanical harvesters above the dam east of the Village of Heuvelton where Libson Creek drains into the Oswegatchie River. Approximately 2 hours.

      Track 3 –  Second session hand-pull in conjunction with mechanical harvesters above the dam east of the Village of Heuvelton where Libson Creek drains into the   Oswegatchie River. Approximately 2 hours.

Please register by June 21st if you plan to provide any services, equipment, or will volunteer to hand-pull. Indicate your intention on the registration form. We are using your responses to this form to organize the event.

National Moth Week Celebration at Indian Creek
Date: Saturday, July 23, 9:00pm–11:00pm. Rain date July 30, 9:00pm–11:00pm

Photograph of white trillium wildflower

Each year National Moth Week highlights the ecological importance and incredible biodiversity of moths with locally sponsored “moth night” events across the country and around the world. Join us at ICNC this July for a night of discovery in celebration of NMW. We will set up a black light and use sugar baits to attract a variety of moths for us to identify, photograph, and discuss. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, a camera, and your curiosity. Mosquito repellent might be helpful as well. See NMW website for information.

Leader: Ray Erickson

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - Photo by J. Ozard