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Indian Creek Nature Center 50th Anniversary
Spring & Summer 2024 Public Programs

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.

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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White Trillium Photo

Spring Workday
Date: Saturday, April 20, 9:00am-12:00pm

Join INCN Board members for a workday to help clean up the Nature Center and get it ready for spring and summer programs. Tools will be supplied, or you can bring your own. There is always plenty of work for all!

Leaders: Marth Duffany and Board members

ICNC Workday Photo
Photo of volunteers repairing the ICNC Observation Tower
Spring Beauty Wildflower Photo

Wildflower Walk
Location:
ICNC East Entrance
Date: Saturday, May 4, 9:00am

We will amble along, stopping to identify and admire some of the dozens of spring wildflowers that bloom along the Nature Center trails. This is a joint outing with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). Depending on time and interest, we can walk just the half-mile wildflower loop, or extend the walk to include some of the other trails. Contact David Katz or Anne Csete for details on meeting time and place.

Leaders: David Katz  315-386-4393 and Anne Csete 315-261-2418

Spring Bird Walk 1
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 8:00am

May is an excellent time to observe birds at Indian Creek Nature Center. Many species of flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers and other passerines can be observed throughout the nature center. Bring binoculars and dress accordingly for ticks. Binoculars will also be available to borrow. Email Mary Beth Warburton or call 315-268-0150 or email Eileen Wheeler or call 315-244-9957 to register.

Leaders: Mary Beth Warburton and Eileen Wheeler

Baeld eagles sitting in a tree

Spring Bird Walk 2
Date: Saturday, May 25, 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. Please email (phlegopsis@gmail.com) us if you plan to attend.

Leaders: Susan Willson and Eileen Wheeler

Trumpeter Swan Photo
Sateiokwen Bucktooth Photo

Medicine Walk
A 50th Anniversary Special Program!

Date: Saturday, June 15, 10:00am-12:00pm

Join Sateiokwen Bucktooth, an herbalist and member of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe in Akwesasne. She will lead a plant medicine walk at Indian Creek Nature Center. The medicine walk includes plant identification and learning about the practical uses of the plants for both food and medicine. From roots, to leaves, to flowers, the plant medicines provide everything we need to live a healthy, happy life. After seeing and learning about the plants we will then sit and enjoy some herbal tea while talking about its many benefits. Questions and discussion are always welcome.

Leader: Sateiokwen Bucktooth

Canoe/Kayak the Marsh
Date: Friday, June 28, Evening

An easy paddle to enjoy the summer color and birds. Binoculars, cameras and insect repellant are desirable. Meet at the Rt. 15 parking lot/boat launch.

Leader: Marth Duffany. To register and find out the trip time call: 802-745-9813

Photo of Upper and Lower Lakes WMA
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Life in the Forest
North Country Bioblitz #1 - Nature Up North
Location: SLU's Wachtmeister Station

Date: Saturday, June 29, 9:00am-12:00pm

Identify the trees and animals of the forest using guide books, nature apps, and your own keen observation skills. All materials and instruction provided; all ages welcome. Free. info@massenanaturecenter.com for more info.

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What Lives in that Water? Pond Life
North Country Bioblitz #2 - Cornell Cooperative Extension
Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension - Canton

Date: Saturday, July 13, 9:00am-12:00pm

Using nets, scoops, binoculars, guidebooks, and nature apps, participants will identify all of the life in and around the pond. All materials and instruction provided; all ages welcome. Free. info@massenanaturecenter.com for more info.

Monarch Butterfly Photo

North Country Butterflies
Location: Cold Spring Brook State Forest

Date: Saturday, July 14, 12:30pm-3:00pm

We will investigate what butterflies are using nectar plants along Tooley Pond Road. Though the past is no guarantee of the future (and I’m probably jinxing us!) last year around this time I found the largest number of species I’ve ever seen in the north country. Regardless, we will enjoy what we see, and will discuss their life histories, note the plants they lay their eggs on, which plants they get nectar from, and special adaptations that help them survive.  Although butterflies are the focus, we will not ignore other interesting nature that may present itself. For directions to meet please contact me by email or text if you plan to attend.

Leader: Steven Daniel  Text: 585-732-7095

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Salamander Saturday
North Country Bioblitz #3 - Nicandri Nature Center
Location: Nacandri Nature Center - Massena

Date: Saturday, July 27, 9:00am-12:00pm

Search for salamanders to identify and catalog in a fun, family friendly hike. We’ll also be on the lookout for other species. All materials and instruction provided; all ages welcome. Free. info@massenanaturecenter.com for more info.

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Life from the Boardwalk
North Country Bioblitz #4 - Indian Creek Nature Center
Location: Indian Creek Nature Center - Rensselaer Falls

Date: Saturday, August 3, 10:00am-12:00pm

Look for birds, identify the dragonflies, and scoop in the pond. Participants will help identify as many species around the boardwalk as possible. All materials and instruction provided; all ages welcome. Free. info@massenanaturecenter.com for more info.

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