Baltimore Woods Nature in the City

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays.
The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.
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Calendar of Events

APRIL 2011
2 Habitat Gardening Workshop with Carolyn Summers:
8-10am Why Natives? and Principles of Safe Sex in the Garden;

10:30am-12:30 Basic Design Concepts and Showy Native Plants

The Habitat Gardening in Central New York, a chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. brings author Carolyn Summers to Baltimore Woods for a two part workshop introducing the principles of native and habitat gardening. For details and full workshop description, visit our website, or

9 Saturday Fly Tie 11am-noon

Spring fishing is almost here and those flies won’t tie themselves! Join Tom for a relaxing Saturday morning at the tying vise. Don’t forget your tools, materials, and fish stories. Please register, donations appreciated.

12 Keep it Natural: Sally Hunt 10:30-11:30am

Baltimore Woods is home to several species of salamanders. Join us on a spring hike in search of sallies and their habitats. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

16 “Eat Your Enemy” Earth Day Event 10am-1pm

Once again, The Woods needs you to be part of our special task force against the highly invasive garlic mustard. This edible plant was brought to America as part of pioneer gardens; however, it is invasive and now endangers native woodland wildflowers. Whether you volunteer pulling garlic mustard or sprucing up the grounds, gardens and trails, you will be treated to a lunch that features unique and delicious dishes featuring garlic mustard as the special ingredient.  Bring your friends and eat your enemy! Please register.

16, 17, 23, 24, 30 Weekend Wildflower Walks 2-3pm

Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s premier woodland wildflower garden is a local treasure. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a pleasant walk through one of the wonders of spring. Each week new species will bloom, and Audrey will reveal their past and present medicinal and culinary uses. The garden is handicap accessible; please call ahead if you need assistance. Donations appreciated. 

18-22  April Spring Break Camp: Mud Week 2011!  9am-4pm

Bring on the mud! It’s time for spring break and that can only mean Mud Week at Baltimore Woods! Join us for a week of exploration and adventure in the spring mud. We’ll explore the pond, the beaver dams, Harrison’s Hideaway, and more! Don’t miss the 5th Annual Great Log Roll Off! Check out the BWNC website for details and registration forms. Before and after care available. For children ages 5-12. Space is limited, so register early! Ah…mud!

22 Star Party: Lyrid Meteor Shower 8:30-10:30pm

Join Bob Piekiel to catch the Lyrid meteor shower, caused by dust from the Comet Thatcher. Saturn will be at its closest and brightest for the year. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you want to lie back and watch for meteors. Back-up date: April 23. $5 for members; $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.
23 Natural Eggs-travaganza 10:30-noon

Families are invited to this celebration of spring that includes natural egg dying and a treasure hunt through Baltimore Woods. First, follow the clues to the golden egg, your ticket to tasty treats. Then, back at the center, enjoying dying eggs with natural dyes. Registration required. Members $15/family; nonmembers $25/family.

25 Nature’s Little Explorers: Sensing Nature 10-11am

Why do birds call? Why are plants green? What does fur feel like? Explorers will engage in a variety of interactive sensory activities, to discover the answers to these natural mysteries. Please visit for full program description.
25 Home School Expeditions: Traveling Water Drop (grades 3-6) 1pm-2pm

Have you ever been trapped in a cloud or glacier? How about fall from the sky or get hurtled down rapids? Explore the interactions people have with the complex water cycle. Please visit for full program description.
27 Birding Series: Getting Started 7-8:30pm:BWNC and the Onondaga Audubon Society team up to help get you started with a hobby that promises a lifetime of joy. This first program focuses on species ID tips and tricks, binocular selection, and bird feeding essentials. There will be a corresponding field trip on Saturday the 30th. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers. 27 Birding Series: Getting Started 7-8:30pm

30 Habitat Gardening Series with Janet Allen: Habitat Gardening for Life 2-3:30pm

Caring for our own yard is the most immediate way we care for the earth. By providing habitat for even the smallest creatures and by using earth-friendly landscaping practices, we can help create a healthy planet for our future generations. Just as important, we can reconnect with the natural world as we enjoy our own little piece of the earth every day. Become a habitat gardener and watch your yard come to life! $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers.

30 Bird Field Trip: Baltimore Woods and other Local Hot Spots 8-11am Here’s a chance to put into practice the basic birding skills learned from the workshop on the 27th. We will visit some key birding hotspots close to Marcellus. Meet our group of skilled birders at Baltimore Woods. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
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