December 2012 Events at Baltimore Woods Nature Center Skaneateles Suites visitors

  Snowshoe Rentals Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you this winter season. Come to The Woods and try out our snowshoes! Although Baltimore Woods is too hilly for cross country skiing, it is great for snowshoeing. We have different sized snowshoes, including kid’s sizes. We offer snowshoe programs if you are a first timer and want some instruction, or if you just want a guided walk. Snowshoe Rental Information: Free for members, $5/day for nonmember 3 Natural Decoration TBD 8 Caroling in the Woods 7-8:30pm Pick up a lantern and song sheet and enjoy a beloved tradition at Baltimore Woods. Bring natural treats to hang for the birds and holiday treats to share with fellow carolers. Finish up the night with hot drinks in the Interpretive Center and a special visit from the Solstice Skunk! This event is free for all, and as always, donations are appreciated. Please bring cookies to share. 13 Star Party: Geminid Meteor Shower 7-9pm One of the year’s finest! Unlike most meteor showers, this one is composed of asteroid debris, not comet debris, and bright meteors can be seen much earlier in the evening. Also, the winter skies will be showing off the brightest stars and nebulae visible to us in the northern hemisphere, plus the giant planet Jupiter, and the ice giants Uranus and Neptune. Dress warmly! $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. Back-up date: Dec 14th. To register, call 315 673-1350 or email  15 Warm and Cozy Critters – Preschool Wintertime Yoga 11am-noon  Preschoolers will become warm, cozy, and probably giggly as we learn about and become some of the animals that live in the winter woods. Afterwards, we will act out the well-loved story The Mitten by Jan Brett in which several woodland animals all try to stay warm inside one little boy’s lost mitten. Children age 3-5 Please bring a blanket or yoga mat. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers. To register, call 315 673-1350 or email 15 Whoooo Loves Yoga? Nature Yoga for Children 1-2pm Everyone loves owls! Learn about these fascinating nocturnal birds and other animals out at night through this combined nature lesson and yoga class. Using movement, props, and the classic story Owl Moon, children will experience the magic and mystery of the nighttime winter forest.  Children age 5-8. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat. $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers. To register, call 315 673-1350 or email 22 Solstice Snowshoe Hike 7-8:30pm It’s the longest night of the year, the forest is blanketed in silence, and the near-full moon sets the snow covered trees aglow. Be a part of the silence and experience the beautiful winter night, comforted in knowing that tomorrow will be a longer day. Snowshoes and instruction provided. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. To register, call 315 673-1350 or email 24, 25 and 31 Interpretive Center Closed The interpretive center will be closed on these days for the holidays. Trails are still open dawn to dusk. The center will be open on the 28th and 29th during regular hours. 28 Snowshoe Ramble 1-3pm Feeling lethargic after all the holiday festivities or need something fun and exciting to entertain family from out of town? Join Baltimore Woods Naturalist Julia Maum for a guided snowshoe hike and explore the winter wonderland of The Woods. There will be an introduction to snowshoeing—a great opportunity for beginners! Snowshoes will be provided. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. To register, call 315 673-1350 or email 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. Visit for more information
— Thea Reidy Baltimore Woods Nature Center 4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133 Marcellus, NY 13108
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