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2014

 

Summer Adventure on Wellesley Island
Cove on WellesleyIsland
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Friday, July 18th, 9:00 AM
through
Monday, July 21, 2014
Wellesley Island State Park Cross Island Road SyracWellesley Island NY

Sierra Club member (California Chapter) Barbara Hupp is working on her certification as a Outings Leader. To fulfill one of her requirements, she is planning to lead a long weekend event for July or early August on Wellesley Island. The Atlantic Chapter and the Iroquois Group are working with Barbara to make her certification an outings event for CNY members.

Barbara is arranging guided nature hikes, bike trips to area parks, and kayaking. Rain activities include TIP library, movies, and outings to indoor attractions such as Boldt Castle, Singer Castle, and the Antique Boat Museum. There will be a fee for camping of $15 per 6 campers/tent site per night.

 

Barbara is thrilled to be doing this, and is open to structuring the days around the wants and desires of those attending. Plenty of fun stuff to do - fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and more!

Meals will be pot-luck, or there are places to eat in town.

I'll keep posting as we get closer to the date.

If you are interested, please let Michelle Wolfe know. You can contact her through the Meetup event.

 

Barbara has secured the campsite for Friday, July 18 through Monday, July 21. Stay for all of the time, or just the days that work for you!!

Bring your own bikes and/or kayaks, or rentals are available at Boomerang Canvas Bike and Kayak Rentals.

http://www.boomerangcanvas.com/rentals.php

Bomb Train Protest & Memorial for Lac-Mgantic
Cove on WellesleyIsland
Photo made available by Creative Commons
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
2:00 PM
N. Salina St., sidewalk in front of Clinton Square Salina Street & James-Genesee Street Syracuse NY 13202

Gather with us as we stand with residents in Lac-Mgantic to remember those lost in last year's train explosion.
Together with grassroots activists across North America, including our very own Shaleshock CNY, the Syracuse Peace Council CNY Against Fracking, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Alliance for a Green Economy, the Iroquois Group of the Sierra Club and with ForestEthics, 350.org, Oil Change International and Sierra Club National, we join in solidarity for this week of action to stop the oil trains, and keep another disaster from happening in our communities.

At a time when the urgency for climate action is at its greatest in history, we cannot fall into the oil industrys distracting debates on the best methods to transport fossil fuels. As our movement has blocked climate-killing pipelines across North America, big oil has moved at an alarming rate to transport oil by rail. Yet despite dozens of oil train disasters, the oil industry is seeking to dramatically expand oil by rail in the US and in Canada.

Lac-Mgantic struggle is a grim reminder to us all: Big Oil will stop at nothing to extract, transport, and burn every drop of oil in the ground. No matter the risk, no matter the cost to public health, safety, and the climate, the oil industry will jump at every opportunity to profit.

But now we say NO MORE.
No more exploding trains. No more tar sands. No more reckless endangerment of our communities and our climate!

 

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Find out how our trees reflect the history of the time they were born!!
Clark Reservation
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Sunday, June 29th, 2014
2:00 PM
Clark Reservation State Park Seneca Turnpike Jamesville NY 13078

Dr. Gordon Heisler, noted forest biologist, will lead How to Get Trees to Tell Us Their Past, or Talking Trees.

Meet at the Nature Center in Clark Reservation State Park.

Invitation to join "Believe in Syracuse" networking event at Onondaga Lake
Believe In Syracuse Logo
Believe in Syracuse Logo designed by John Paone
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
6:45 PM
Onondaga Lake Visitors Center Route 690 exit 7 Syracuse NY

We've been invited to join the "Believe in Syracuse" networking group for a presentation on the clean-up work at Onondaga Lake. Craig Milborn will give a presentation about what is happening at the lake, and how the clean-up is progressing. Visual displays are set up that will enhance your visit. There's plenty of seating, and light refreshments will be provided.

Go on a Great Bird Walk at Clark Reservation
Clark Reservation
Image by the Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
7:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park Seneca Turnpike Jamesville NY 13078

Morning Bird Walk

Friday, May 23rd

7-8:30 am

The birds are signing at Clark Reservation! Join Environmental Educator Katie Mulverhill on a morning bird walk along the Mildred Faust and connecting tails. These are relatively flat trails, some of the easiest at the park. Recent bird sightings include ruby-crowned kinglets, red-eyed vireos, and scarlet tanagers. We have had our share of warblers too: black and white, yellow rumped, black-throated green, yellow and even the uncommon northern parula. Who knows what great birds we will find!

Katie Mulverhill

Environmental Educator I

Head out to Lake Ontario for a Beach Cleanup and KXL Pipeline Statement
water with ducks
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Saturday, May 17th, 2014
10:00 AM
Southwick Beach Rte 3 Henderson NY 10301

MAY 17 SATURDAY 10 AM- ANNUAL LAKE ONTARIO BEACH CLEANUP and NATIONAL SIERRA CLUB PIPELINE DEMONSTRATION: Draw a Line in the Sand
Meet at Southwick Beach at 10 am. Identify yourself as a volunteer for free admission and get directions to the meet place. All bags a truck will be furnished. You might like to bring gloves. As usual we will keep a loose inventory of items. There is a rain date of Sunday the 18th, so if in doubt call Rich at 315-298-3130 for update. We will send a message to National Sierra Site that we oppose the KXL pipeline with a photo of us "Hands across the Sands" . This photo will be part of a national day of opposition on may 17th

join Clark Reservation Friends at I LOVE MY PARK DAY
Clark Reservation
Image by the Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
9:00 AM
Clark Reservation State Park Seneca Turnpike Jamesville NY 13078

Lend a hand at the annual clean up and sign up.
Opportunity to visit this great park, spruce it up, and volunteer to help with the summer programs.

PARTY for the PLANET at the ZOO!
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
10:00 AM
Rosamond Gifford Zoo 1 Conservation Pl Syracuse

Go to the Rosamund Gifford Zoo in Syracuse for a great fun day. Animals, booths, games, great for the whole family and everyone. Prizes include a Sierra Club backpack.

The Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
2:00 PM

CBFS Associate Director Randy Jackson will give us a guided tour of this internationally recognized research facility, and discuss the importance of Oneida Lake to our local economy. We will be visiting on opening day of Walleye season, and Randy will share with us the changes happening to the lake, and changes expected in the future. Don't miss this one!

 

Directions: Take Route 31 to Bridgeport. At traffic light (just over bridge), turn left onto North Rd.; turn right onto Shackelton Point Road at Bridgeport Elementary School. Follow signs to the Field Station. We will meet in the parking lot at the Field Station.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 2:00 PM Bring your binoculars! There are birds in those trees!

Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066

We'll be hiking the Rolling Hills Trail at Green Lakes State Park. A favorite trail of bird lovers, this will be a moderate hike of just under 2 miles, and just in time for the spring arrival of many migrating birds. We will be joined by Theresa Hankin, an amateur bird enthusiast that will help us identify some of the many species we will see along the trail. Bring your binoculars and cameras, but please leave your dogs behind. We dont want to startle any of our fine feathered friends!

Directions: Enter the park at the main (north) entrance on NYS Rte. 290. We'll meet at the first parking lot on the left after you pass the park office just a quarter-mile or so from Rte. 290.

 

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, 2:00 PM Hike at Camillus Erie Canal Park

Camillus Erie Canal Park, 5750 Devoe Rd, Camillus, NY 13031

This special park located in Camillus embodies a living history of the Erie Canal, with reminders of long ago days along every path and vista. The Steam Engine Exhibit will also be available for those of us that are curious about these marvels of engineering, and the part they played in the growth of industry in our region. We will hike the picturesque Old Erie Canal Trail, which is just over 4 miles.


Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, 2:00 PM Hike the Big Buck & Mildred Faust Trails at Clark Reservation

Clark Reservation State Park, Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

Let's dive into another winter month with a hike from the Mildred Faust trail to the Big Buck trail, and back via the Cliff trail at Clark Reservation. All told this moderate hike will be around 2 miles from start to finish, with some of the best views along the rim of Glacier Lake. Dress for the weather, and hiking boots with good traction on the snow are strongly recommended.


Sunday, January 5th, 2014, 2:00 PM Let's meetup for a winter hike at Baltimore Woods!

Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd, Marcellus, NY 13108

Enjoy the crisp air of the New Year as we hike the easy, level trails of this beautiful area. We will begin with the Pioneer Trail, join the Arboretum Trail, and end with the Backyard Wildlife Trail. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed, so please leave them at home safe and warm to wait for your return.

Baltimore Woods is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.
There is a $4.00 fee for parking. We will meet in the parking lot on the top of the hill; look for the Sierra Club sign.

Dress warm!! See you there!


Wednesday, January 1st, 2014; 1:00 PM First Day of 2014 Walk at Clark Reservation

Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

National Park System is sponsoring a country wide First Day Hike and one will be held at Clark Reservation State Park, sponsored by the Council of Park Friends .
A great time to enjoy the outdoors, and get ready for the New Year.

We will meet at the large pavilion near the parking lot and walk the Famous Mildred Faust Trail, looking for tracks of critters, practice identifying trees without leaves, or just enjoying this great space.

A good family event for all ages. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Hot drinks and snacks after the walk in the pavilion. Snacks welcome!

Be sure to dress for whatever the weather has in store.!!


2013

 

Monday, December 16th, 2013; 5:00 PM - Refreshments; 5:30 PM - Forum The Best Government Money Can Buy

SEIU 1199 Meeting Room, 250 South Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY

Hear what the Moreland Commission has learned and its recommendations to change how business is conducted in Albany from Onondaga County District Attorney and Co-chair of the Commission William Fitzpatrick, and NYS League of Women Voters Legislative Director and Special Advisor to the Commission, Barbara Bartoletti.

Sierra Club is a co-sponsor of this event as advancing our agenda to protect the earth depends on an honest, responsive government. We want to help bring change to Albany.

There will be refreshments at 5 before the meeting at 5:30.

This event is free and open to the public


Friday, November 22nd, 2013, 9:00 AM Let's Meet Up with Other Likeminded Groups and Help Plant 50 Trees!

The Town of Dewitt will plant these trees in their new Carrier Park. The holes will be dug. We learn how to properly plant bare root trees in this new park in the old Carrier Corp Campus. Suggest gloves and of course dress for the weather and the task!
This is a fun, rewarding opportunity to volunteer and make a real difference in a green space. Refreshments and a good cause.

Meet at Carrier Park, 600 Roby Ave, the corner of Roby and Grover ST. off of Kenne st. There should be a large gathering of people under the pavilion on Friday Nov 22 and/or Saturday Nov. 23 at 9 am. Registration is appreciated. All volunteers will be required to complete a waiver. They will be available on both days. If interested please e-mail Chris at cmanchester@townofdewitt.com or call 446-9250 ext 137
Children are welcome, however they must be accompanied by an adult. Please no pets.

Carrier Park, 600 Roby St. Syracuse, NY 13057


NOV 3, 2013, 2:00 PM Hike the Butternut Creek Recreation Trail Come clear your mind as we head into the busy holiday season. Join us as we explore this 0.9 mile trail, and the adjoining .25 mile boardwalk, that wanders through wetland and forest areas. We will be able to view Butternut Creek as we cross the Old Erie Canal Trail, and enjoy the late fall scenery along this pleasant, and rather hidden, treasure of a trail in Dewitt. Butternut Creek Recreation Trail, Kinne Street, DeWitt, NY 13057


OCT 6, 2013, 2:00 PM The Trees of Oakwood Cemetery: Walk this historic cemetery with distinguished professor Don Leopold, as he introduces us to the wide variety of old and beautiful trees found here. Oakwood Cemetary, 940 Comstock Ave Syracuse, New York 13210.


SEPT 22, 2013, 2:00 PM: Explore the Rand Tract: Hike this unique area in Syracuse's Valley neighborhood. An important habitat for animals such as fox, mink, raccoon, and deer, this property was designated a "forever wild" area in 1973. Take Valley Dr. (NYS Rte. 80) south, passing Webster's Pond and St. Paul's Church, which are both on the right. Turn right into the first cemetery entrance (not the barn entrance driveway) and drive straight back and park along the edge of the woods. Look for Sierra Club sign. Rand Tract Park / Webster Pond, Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY, 13201.


AUG 25, 2013, 12:00p: Learn Trail Running Safety: Slippery vs safe surfaces, proper gear, hydration, warm up and cool down exercises and more. Try optimal trails and courses throughout the unique geological and forested topography of Clark Reservation. Join a run up and down the scenic stone cliff-side steps to Glacier Lake and a run along Big Buck and Mildred Faust Trails. This will be the First Monthly Meeting of the Clark Trailrunners Club. All experience levels welcome over 17 years of age. Proper footgear required; running shoes, sturdy sneakers, light hiking shoes, no sandals. Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville, NY. Information: Christopher(315-420-0101) or email CPFClark@gmail.com


AUG 18, 2013, 2:00p: Wetlands: Life and ThreatsJoin the Council of Park Friends for Clark Reservation State Park to learn aout these fagile habitats, the plants and and animals who call it home and the threats they face. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center at Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville, NY. Information: councilofparkfriends.org


JUN 18, 2013: Corporate Challenge. Litter and recycling community service for the annual race at Onondaga Lake Park. Usually from late afternoon into the evening. If you are into the fun of dumpster diving, contact Lisa Daly ,428-1384 by June 10 for parking passes and details.


JUN 16, 2013, 2:00p: Annual Fathers' Day Walk. A Guided Walking Tour of Clark Reservation by Distinguished Professor Don Leopold. Join up with the Council of Park Friends at the Nature Center.


MAY 18, 2013, 10:30a – 12:00p: Annual Ontario Beach Cleanup. Meet at Southwick Beach. Mention you are a volunteer and there is no fee. Drive straight ahead toward the lake, put Concession Stand on your right and turn left to the cul-de-sac dead end. We will meet there. No heavy lugging and good fun. Bring bag lunch for a picnic table on the beach. Leaders are a Park Ranger and Rich Slingerland. Information: 298-3130, richardslingerland@yahoo.com. Carpool is suggested-go to Syracuse Sierra Club Meetup to post rides or rides wanted.


APR 20, 2013, 10:00a - 12:00p: Tour of the Geddes-Brook Wetlands / Nine Mile Creek Areas. Meet at the Onondaga Lake Visitors' Center off of 690 exit 7. We'll start with a briefing of the lake cleanup. Then, carpool to Geddes Brook to start a walking tour. Honeywell's Joe McMullen will be our tour leader. A great event for all of us who care about our lake. Free and open to the public. Information: 492-4745.


MAR 17, 2013: Syracuse Walk. Join James MacKillop for a stroll through the streets of Syracuse. POSTPONED: The Syracuse walk scheduled for Sunday, March 17, at 2:00p is postponed until a future date, as yet to be determined. We apologize for the last minute notice.


FEB 16, 2013, 2:00p: Erie Canal Walk. Walk the Erie Canal from the Trail Head at Ryder Park in Dewitt. A chance to see the recent reconstruction of the leaking aqueduct and the new pedestrian bridge over the canal that accesses trails on the other side of the canal. Meet in the parking lot of Ryder Park.


2012

 

NOV 18, 2012, 2:00p: Invasive Species Identification and Controls. This Sunday walk will be led by Tom Brumbelow, an ESF Graduate Student and member of the NY State Parks team devoted to control of invasives in our Parks. Learn about the latest techniques to eradicate dangerous invasives, why it is important, how to identify them and get involved. Time to check your own backyard! Meet at the Nature Center in Clark Reservation. We will learn about invasive species as we hike to various sites in the park where actions are underway for controls. Dress for trail hiking. Length is about 2 hours. Children and dogs on leash are welcome. For more information, call 315-492-4745.


OCT 14, 2012, 2:00p: The Forgotten Trail from the Farmers Market to Onondaga Lake Park. This is an easy walk as long as you wish, as it is an out and back hike (at most 2 hours.) Meet in the Farmers Market parking lot near the entrance/exit across from the Regional Transportation Center. Look for the Sierra Club sign. Our leader is Lindsay Speer; questions call 315-383-7210.


JUN 19, 2012: Corporate Challenge Recycling Service Project. This is a good event to practice your dumpster diving skills, help the environment, the race and the Iroquois Group. Please call or write Lisa Daly the week before for best times to help: 315-428-1384 or ldaly@yahoo.com.


JUN 17, 2012, 2:00p: Clark Reservation. Come out for a Father's Day Walk with Don Leopold at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville. Join the Council of Park Friends for their annual event. Join this well-known expert for a special treat. Non-fathers, dogs on leash and kids welcome.


MAY 19, 2012, 10:30a: Annual Beach Cleanup, Lake Ontario. Meet at Southwick Beach, at 10:30a. Volunteers are admitted free so identify yourself to the attendant. Drive straight toward the lake, put the concession stand to your right and turn left along the campsite road to the end and park. Park ranger or Rich will provide bags and directions. Bring a bag lunch and if weather is good we will grab a bite at a lakeside picnic table. Call Rich at 315-298-3130 for updates.


APR 15, 2012, 2:00p: Syracuse Creek Walk. The completed Creek Walk gives a new view of the restored Onondaga Creek, many of the great buildings downtown, and the inner harbor area, ending at Onondaga Lake (round trip roughly 5 miles). Meet at the parking lot at the corner of West Fayette and Franklin Streets in Syracuse (across from Kitty Hoynes). Park on the street or in the lot (it is a pay lot). Additional information: www.syracuse.ny.us/Creekwalk.aspx.


MAR 11, 2012, 2:00p: Conifer Park. Sunday at 2:00p we'll be exploring Conifer Park on South Salina and Conifer Drive, also known as Heath Park. There is parking available on a small pull-off at the beginning of Conifer Drive. This former ESF Experimental Station is a seldom explored park, but we will check it out! If we are heavy with snow, check website for updates. Information: 492-4745.


FEB 12, 2012, 2:00p: Erie Canal Trail. Meet us Sunday at 2:00p at the trailhead next to DeWitt Town Hall. Look for the Sierra Club sign when you arrive at the parking lot. This is a nice flat walk that can be as long as we wish. It is well-used so hiking shoes should be ok. Some non-migrating birds are often in the water. Lots of old structures from the day of the great canal. Also the site of a closed land-fill, a modern addition. Information: 492-4745.


JAN 8, 2012, 1:00p: Erie Canal Museum. Sunday at 1:00p we will skip the January weather and visit the Erie Canal Museum (note the earlier start time). This is the old building where the fees were collected as boats went through the locks—the beginnings of thruway tolls. The building was built in 1850 and features a full size canal boat inside and lots of great exhibits. Located on at 318 Erie Blvd East. Parking is free on Sundays; meet just inside. If weather is great, we may go for a short walk afterwards. Information: 492-4745.


2011

 

NOV 13, 2011, 2:00p: Rand Tract. Sunday at 2:00p we'll be at the Rand Tract, a city park south of Seneca Turnpike, known mostly for Webster's Pond and wetlands with 80 varieties of migratory birds. This 97-acre park has been managed by the Anglers Association since 1960. The trail is wooded and is noted for a few natural springs along the way. From Valley Drive, West on Chaffee Ave., left onto Hopper Rd. Trail head leads into the woods. Meet at the dead-end. Information: 492-4745.


OCT 16, 2011, 2:00p: Elmwood Park. Join us at this scenic city park on the South Side for a walk along a creek with embankments, stairs and stone bridges representative of the Reform Park Era. The park was once a "First Class Temperance Resort," and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It's a fun place to visit! Find the corner of Glenwood Ave. and Wellesley Rd. and enter the park. Meet in the small parking lot. Information: 492-4745.


SEP 18, 2011, 2:00p: Jamesville Elementary Nature Trail. Join us at the Jamesville Elementary School Nature Trail. We walked this trail a few years ago, helped identify plants, made suggestions for improvement and picked up glass. Since then the school, scouts and parents have been at work. Let's see the results and enjoy the pleasant woods and pond often with beaver at work). The school is on the north side of E. Seneca Turnpike, about one mile west of the center of Jamesville. Enter and go past the main parking lot and park near the dumpster at the back of the school. Meet at the dumpster. Information: 492-4745.


JUN 21, 2011: Corporate Challenge. This annual race and social event at Onondaga Lake Park is the setting of a major community service project for Iroquois Group. We collect beverage containers from boxes placed in convenient locations in the park, and prepare them for recycling. If you'd like to help out this year, please contact Lisa Daly at 428-1384 by June 14.


May 21, 2011, 10:30a: Annual Beach Cleanup. Join up with other groups to make the shores of Lake Ontario proud. This is an annual event and to be greener we will organize ride shares. If you are a willing driver or looking for a ride, please contact mloew@twcny.rr.com. To make it easier we will meet at a downtown location near route 81. Bring a lunch, a drink and long arms to pick up. Think of it as an archeological dig–you would be amazed at what is someone else's trash. We will meet at Southwick Beach at 10:30. Leaders will be Rich Slingerland and a Park Ranger. Bags are furnished and picked up by truck–so no heavy lugging. Lunch on the beach with a great view. No park fees for volunteers.


APR 3, 2011, 2:00p: Hike in Camillus Forest Unique Area. The "crown jewel" of this DEC-owned property is a 40-acre forest located in its southwest corner. It is a magnificent old sugar maple and American beech forest that is nearly two centuries old and is one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York. This hike is gentle, some hills, for about a 2.5 mile loop, but as usual, hikers can choose to make it shorter. Meet in the main parking lot and look for the Sierra sign.


MAR 6, 2011, 2:00p: Clark Reservation State Park. This outing will have choices! There will be a guided 'Trees in Winter Identification Walk' led by Gordon Heisler of the Council of Park Friends, and for those who prefer just to walk with company, a 'Trail Tromp' on one of the Clark trails. Trails will be selected for late winter accessibility. Meet in the main parking lot and look for the Sierra Club sign. Information: 492-4745.


FEB 6, 2011, 1:00p: Annual Chili Fest. Join us for the Annual Chili Fest at Danny and Rhea Jezer's place. Meet at 1:00p.; weather permitting, we will hike, snowshoe or ski around or across the lake. At 2:00p we will gather inside. Please bring vegetarian chili and other vegetarian dishes to share. Directions: Take Preble exit off of Route 81. Turn right onto 281. Take first right turn (hairpin turn) onto Song Lake Road. After the Song Lake sign count 8 garages on the right to #7426. Park on the side of the road, and walk to the house on the lake. RSVP 727-0123 to help us plan.

2010

 

NOV 7, 2010, 2:00p: Beaver Lake. Explore the trails at Beaver Lake with Sierra Club Outings leaders or participate in a walk guided by a Beaver Lake naturalist (the topic of the day is Nests and Dens). For additional information about the latter, please contact the Beaver Lake Nature Center at 638-2519.


OCT 3, 2010, 2:00p: Mason Hill. Join us at Mason Hill, a 2004 Central New York Land Trust acquisition. Our hike starts at a steep walled stream ravine at the western edge and mounts up slope to a rocky ridge on the eastern edge. The majority of the gradual slope is filled with open fields, second or third growth forest and old maple trees along the hedge rows and fence lines. From Jamesville head South on Apulia Rd. about 8 miles. Right on Eager Rd. Third house on the right says "Earle/2886" on mailbox. Park in the lot to the left of the house driveway.


AUG 15, 2010, 10:00a: Thornden Park. Meet at Thornden Park swimming pool parking lot at 10a for a walk around Thornden's overlook, rose garden, and wooded paths. Then hike to Barry Park to see the birds, and maybe to the overlook on Westminster if people have the energy. This would be around 6 miles, and people could cut off whenever they want. The streets aren't too confusing to find your way back. Stop at Recess Coffee House on Harvard for vegan sandwiches, cookies and drinks. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. To get directions from Mapquest: search for S. Beech St. and Cherry St. Syracuse, NY. From downtown Syracuse: Start out going south on S. State St/US-11 toward E. Onondaga St. Turn left onto E. Genesee St, NY 92 E. Continue to follow NY 92 E. for 1 mile. Turn right onto S. Beech St. Drive 0.3 miles. End at S. Beech St. and Cherry St. Information: 428-1905.


JUN 22, 2010: Corporate Challenge. This annual race and social event at Onondaga Lake Park is the setting of a major community service project for Iroquois Group. We collect beverage containers from boxes placed in convenient locations in the park, and prepare them for recycling. If you'd like to help out this year, please contact Lisa Daly at 428-1384 by June 14.


JUN 6, 2010, 9:45a: Highland Forest. We'll meet at 9:45am in Highland Forest to hike the Main Trail (8.7 miles). We'll hike for 4.5-5 hours, at a comfortable pace. This county park contains more than six square miles of rugged forest terrain. Trail information and a map: http://onondagacountyparks.com. Directions from Syracuse: Take I-81 S to Exit 14. Make a left off the ramp, then left onto Route 80. Drive about 12 miles. Highland Forest entrance is on the right. Follow signs to Skyline Lodge and meet in front.


MAY 22, 2010, 10:00a: Beach Cleanup. On Saturday, 10:00am, we meet for the annual clean-up of Southwick Beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. Rain date, May 23. Contact Rich: 298-3130. From Syracuse: Take I-81 N to Pulaski exit 36. Follow Rte 13 into Pulaski. After 4 miles, turn right onto Rte 3. Travel 15 miles to Southwick Beach. Turn left into the park. Tell the gate attendant you are there for cleanup. No charge. Drive straight ahead toward the concession stand. Put the concession stand on your right and turn left down a dirt road that goes to camping sites, parallel to the shore. Park in the center of the cul-de-sac at the end of the road. The ranger will meet us with plastic bags and instructions. Bring gloves and lunch.


APR 11, 2010, 2:00p: Erie Canal Park. Meet at 2:00PM in Camillus Erie Canal Park. There are over 10 miles of scenic wooded paths and walkways at this town park, nestled between Nine Mile Creek and a wooded hillside near Camillus. To learn about the aqueduct restoration project check out http://www.eriecanal.org/9MileCreek.html. From Syracuse, take I-690 west to I-695 south, exit to NY-5 west. To meet at the parking lot at Sim's Store Museum, 5750 Devoe Road take Canal Park exit. Contact Remo: 635-2508.


MAR 14, 2010, 12:45p: Urban Landscape. Meet at Manley Fieldhouse at 12:45PM to take the 1:02PM Connective Corridor bus (543) downtown. Rediscover the urban landscape of Syracuse. Instead of heading for the hills this spring, let's check out what downtown has to offer. Exact route and tour guide(s) to be announced. This will be a great opportunity to talk as we walk about some of the environmental issues facing Syracuse: I-81, urban decay, redevelopment and deconstruction.


FEB 7, 2010, 1:00p: Chili Fest. We meet at Rhea and Danny Jezer’s home at 7426 Song Lake Road on Sunday at 1:00PM. Everybody brings a vegetarian chili or other dish, so there are always object lessons on earth-friendly nutrition. Hike, snowshoe or ski around the lake, and come inside about 2. The Chili Fest has become an Iroquois Group retreat where veteran members talk about environmental issues, and newcomers have a chance to learn where their interests mesh with the activities of the group. Directions: Preble exit off Route I-81 South. Right on 281. Take the first right (hairpin turn) onto Song Lake Road. After the Song Lake sign, count 8 garages on the right to #7426. Park on the road. RSVP not required, but helps us plan. 727-0123. Open to all, bring a friend.

2009

 

NOV 15, 2009, 1:00p: Jamesville Nature Trail. Meet for a hike on a recently improved trail with interesting bio-diversity right in the village of Jamesville. It borders a small pond with beaver and birds, and has upland forest of hardwoods and cedars. We will look for invasive species, and consider more ideas for trail improvements. Our outing leader will have trail guides at the event for members to borrow to take on the hike to help with tree, bird, and plant identification. Easy 1.5 mile loop with a few hilly and wet spots. Directions: West on 173 from the center of Jamesville turn right into the Jamesville Elementary School driveway. Drive straight ahead past the school to the dumpster and park there. Look for sierra sign. Information: 492-4745.


OCT 25, 2009, 9:45a: Highland Forest. We’ll meet for a challenging 8.7-mile hike on the Main Trail in Highland Forest in Fabius. The projected hike time is 4.5 hours, with plenty of ups and downs along the way. You may choose a shorter loop, either 3 miles (Short Cut Trail) or 4.2 miles (Crossover Trail), depending on interest. Trail information and a map can be found online at http://onondagacountyparks.com. This is a beautiful time of year to spend a day in the woods learning to identify our local trees. Directions from Syracuse: Take I-81 S to Exit 14. Make a left off the ramp, then left onto Route 80. Drive about 12 miles. Highland Forest entrance is on the right. Follow signs to Skyline Lodge and meet in front of it for a prompt 10:00a start.


SEP 26, 2009, 3:00p: Clark Reservation. Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday Sept 26, noon to 3 PM, with the Council of Park Friends of Clark Reservation. Join with other environmental friends for a free pot luck picnic. The Friends will furnish hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, plates and utensils and you bring a dish to pass and have a good time. The ESF Woodsmen and Women Team will demonstrate traditional skills. Clark Reservation is on Route 173 about 2 miles west of Jamesville.


SEP 13, 2009, 2:00p: Rome Sand Plains. Rome Sand Plains is one of only a handful of inland pine-barrens in the nation. Meet at 2:00p. Interpretative signs will teach us about this truly unique area. From Oswego Road, travel less than one mile and turn left on Hogsback Road. About 2 miles, on the left-hand side of the road, is the parking area of the Wood Creek Trail, an easy half-mile trail. Online info: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8080.html.


AUG 18, 2009, 7:00p: Evening walk at Green Lakes State Park. Meet at the parking lot at the beach at Green Lakes for a brisk evening walk around Green Lake and maybe Round Lake too, depending what people feel like. It's flat and it's about 3 miles. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Well behaved children and dogs are welcome. For more information, contact Adina Mulliken at 315-428-1905 or pepperballmeow@yahoo.com.


AUG 2, 2009, 2:00p: Pratt’s Falls. Meet at 2:00p in the parking lot to explore the 2.6-mile North Rim trail. Wrap up with a short walk down the stairs to view the falls. Main park entrance is at 7671 Pratt’s Falls Road in Manlius; trailhead begins next to Park Office. Parking $1 per vehicle. Online info: http://nyfalls.com/pratts.html.


JUL 23, 2009, 9:00a: Hammond Hill State Forest Hike. Join us for a moderate 7-8 mile hike through this popular recreation area. We plan to enjoy the wildflowers and new foliage as we tour through this rich and diverse forest. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared in case of rain. Parking lot at the end of Hammond Hill Road SE of the junction with Irish Settlement Road in Dryden. Information: Virgil Shields, 607-319-5349, vshields@alumni.caltech.edu.


JUN 23, 2009: Corporate Challenge. Save the date for the 27th Syracuse Chargers & JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Race at Onondaga Lake Park. Volunteer to help Sierra Club meet the goal of 100% recycling for the event. Contact Lisa Daly in early June: 428-1384 or ldaly@yahoo.com.


JUN 13, 2009, 9:30a: Bike to Regional Market. Have fun, learn the benefits of locally grown produce and help prevent global warming. Cycle to the Regional Market; 10 miles round trip. Children who follow traffic rules and bike about 8 mph are welcome. Bring: helmets (required), water, bike lock and bag. Meet at Thornden Park swimming pool at 9:30a. If you drive to Thornden, park on local roads, not in the pool lot. Or meet us at the Market, More information: Adina 315-428-1905 or pepperballmeow@yahoo.com. (Note that the date is Saturday 6/13, not 6/14 as stated in the Iroquois Messenger.)

 

MAY 23, 2009, 10:00a: Beach Cleanup. On Saturday at 10a, we meet for the annual clean-up of Southwick Beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. More information: Rich 298-3130. From Syracuse: Take I-81 N to Pulaski exit 36. Follow Rte 13 into Pulaski. After 4 miles, turn right onto Rte 3. Travel 15 miles to Southwick Beach. Turn left into the park. Tell the gate attendant you are there for cleanup. No charge. Drive straight ahead toward the concession stand. Put the concession stand on your right and turn left down a dirt road that goes to camping sites, parallel to the shore. Park in the center of the cul-de-sac at the end of the road. The ranger will meet us with plastic bags and instructions. Bring gloves, rain gear and lunch.


APR 26, 2009, 2:00p: Stoney Pond State Forest.  Join the Iroquois Group for a 2-mile hike at beautiful Stoney Pond Forest.  Enjoy this 1,469 acre wildlife habitat that will just be waking up to spring.  Meet at 2pm at Trailhead #1, off of Jones Rd., about 7 miles east of Cazenovia.  Directions: From US 20 drive south on Willowvale Road 0.8 miles to the intersection with Old State Road.  Turn Right onto Old State Road.  Drive 0.6 mile to the intersection of Jones Road, then 0.6 mile to the second parking area on the left of the dirt road.  Free and open to the public. Information: 315.299.7175.


MAR 8, 2009, 2:00p: Baltimore Woods. Baltimore Woods is the first of over 37 natural areas that Save the County Land Trust has acquired since 1972. Over 2000 acres of Save the County properties preserve the geological variety and subtle beauty of Central New York. Join us to hike the local trails and learn more about the land trust organization and the Centers for Nature Education, headquartered at Baltimore Woods. Meet at the main parking lot; no entry fee, donations welcome. No dogs allowed.


FEB 7, 2009, 1:00p: Annual ChiliFest. For those who have never tried vegetarian or vegan dishes, the Annual ChiliFest at Danny and Rhea Jezer's place provides an opportunity to taste and learn about dishes that are hearty and nutritious - good for you and the planet. Directions: Take Preble exit off of Route 81. Turn right onto 281. Take first right turn (hairpin turn) onto Song Lake Road. After the Song Lake sign count 8 garages on the right to #7426. Park on the side of the road, and walk to the house on the lake. Meet at 1:00p. Weather permitting, we will hike, snowshoe or ski around or across the lake. At 2:00p we will gather inside to share food and recipes. Please bring vegetarian chilis and other dishes, with copies of the recipes. RSVP 727-0123 to help us plan.

 

JAN 11, 2009, 1:00p: Beaver Lake Nature Center. If you've never tried snowshoeing, this is your opportunity to learn how to enjoy our nice long CNY winters! Our private guide, from the Beaver Lake Nature Center, will take us on a wildlife tracking snowshoe hike of approximately 1.5 hours. If there's no snow, we'll still manage a guided hike on some of the many maintained trails at this beautiful glacial lake and all season Nature Center. The discounted group admission rate is $1.25 per vehicle, but for $2.50 per person will include snowshoe rental.

2008

 

DEC 7, 2008, 1:00p: Stoney Pond State Forest.  Hike this beautiful 1,469 acre diverse wildlife habitat and visit a range of flora and fauna preparing for winter. Meet at Trailhead #1, off of Jones Rd., about seven miles east of Cazenovia for a 2 1/4 mile hike. Directions: From US 20 drive south on Willowvale Road 0.8 mile to the intersection with Old State Road. Turn right (west) onto Old State Road and drive 0.6 mile to the intersection with Jones Road and drive 0.6 mile to the second parking area on the left of the dirt road. Snow on trails cancels, info and cancellations: 315.299.7175.


NOV 9, 2008, 2:00p: Mason Hill. Join us at Mason Hill, a 2005 STC acquisition. We will be guided by the property donor and will learn about a different forest type from that of other hikes. The hike starts at a stream ravine and mounts uphill to a rocky ridge. There is a beautiful wooded ravine and pristine stream. There will be different routes for hiking and family walking. From Jamesville head South on Apulia Rd. about 8 miles. Right on Eager Rd. Third house on the right says “Earle/2886” on mailbox. Park in the lot to the left of the house driveway.


OCT 5, 2008, 2:00p: Old Growth Forest. Meet in Green Lakes State Park, rain or shine, to learn about an old growth forest and how it differs from those that have been logged. This one features some of the largest yellow poplars and eastern hemlocks — about 300 years old — in the northeastern United States. Enter the park from the Rte 5, near Fayetteville, N.Y. Park just inside the golf course parking lot. Look for sierra club sign. We’ll walk, short and easy, to the old growth forest trail.


SEP 20, 2008, 10:00a – noon: Native Plant Sale.Learn about, donate and buy local native plants. 401 Parsons Drive, Syracuse. Habitat Gardening Club. Janet 487-5742.

AUG 9, 2008, 9:30a: Sierra Club Bike Ride to Regional Market. Have fun and help prevent global warming! Cycle instead of driving and buy locally grown produce at the Regional Market.  Bicyclists meet at Thornden Park swimming pool. If you drive to Thornden, park on local roads. Helmets required. Bring a bicycle bag for your veggies. For other options or to meet us at the Market, contact Adina: 315-428-1905 or email.


JUN 24, 2008: Corporate Challenge. Save the date for the 26th Syracuse Chargers & JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Race at Onondaga Lake Park. Volunteer to help Sierra Club meet the goal of 100% recycling for the event. Contact Lisa Daly by June 3 at 428-1384 or email.


JUN 22, 2008, 1:00p: Moss Ecology and Identification Walk. The walk will take place at Clark Reservation State Park. Please meet at Park Friends' Nature center in the park. If possible, bring a hand lens or magnifying glass which will make it easier to observe and appreciate the structure of these delicate plants. Jennifer Gillrich, from  SUNY-ESF and  Ph.D. candidate specializing in mosses (Bryology), will lead this program sponsored by the Council of Park Friends. A $4.00 parking fee is in effect on weekends for the park. Contact 315-446-0263 with questions.


JUN 8, 2008, 2:00p: Rams Gulch. Only a small fragment of this jewel remained after I-481 tore through last wild sections of the Onondaga Escarpment. Learn about what was lost. Because of the fragile condition of a section of this hike, attendance will be limited to 8 adults. Meet at 2p on Rams Gulch Road. Rugged trail. By reservation only, from June 1 – 6. Contact Debby: 315-446-1273.


MAY 24, 2008, 10:00a: Beach Clean-Up. On Saturday, 10a, we meet for the annual clean-up of the beach at Southwick Beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. From Syracuse: Take I-81 N to exit 39, Rt 13 for Pulaski. Go west 4 miles to junction of Rt. 3. Turn right and go north 15 miles to Southwick Beach. Turn left into park. Go to the end of the campground on the beach. Bags will be furnished. Bring gloves, rain gear and lunch. More information: Rich Slingerland at 315-298-3130.


MAY 10, 2008, 2:00p: Woodchuck Hill. Join us at 2p for a walk and trail maintenance at the Woodchuck Hill Field and Forest Preserve, a Save The County property (STC). The entrance to the Preserve is off Woodchuck Hill Rd, 1.6 miles east of Maple Drive and 0.5 miles west of route 92. Turn into the driveway at the STC sign and go to the end to park near the horse barn and the STC sign. Moderate trail.


APR 20, 2008, 1:00p: Salmon River Falls. Salmon River Falls Unique Area in Orwell has a breathtaking 110-foot waterfall and a spectacular river gorge. We will walk to see the falls and then drive to nearby Beecherville Rd. to hike for 3-4 miles. We will learn about a plantation forest mixed with second growth hardwood, running along a typical Tug Hill stream. Bring sturdy shoes, rain gear, water and snack. Meet at the parking lot at 1p. Directions: Take exit 36 off I-81. From the south, go east on 13, turn left onto county route 2A, and turn right onto Rt. 2 east to Orwell. From the north, take Rt. 2 east to Orwell. Turn right onto 22 South at the Orwell Library and Town Hall (sign for Salmon River). Go 2.7 miles and turn left at sign for Salmon River onto Falls Road. Go 1.4 miles. The parking lot is on the right. More information: Rich Slingerland at 315-298-3130, Adina Mulliken at 315-443-9519. Carpool: Adina.


MAR 8, 2008, 1:00p: Erie Canal Towpath. Meet at the information sign at the beginning of the path, right next to the Ryder Park parking lot by the Dewitt Town Hall at 1:00p. Learn the tools for identifying trees in winter on the Erie Canal Towpath and identifying non-migrating birds.

FEB 9, 2008, 1:00p: Annual ChiliFest. For those who have never tried vegetarian or vegan dishes, the Annual ChiliFest at Danny and Rhea Jezer's place provides an opportunity to taste and learn about dishes that are hearty and nutritious - good for you and the planet. Directions: Take Preble exit off of Route 81. Turn right onto 281. Take first right turn (hairpin turn) onto Song Lake Road. After the Song Lake sign count 8 garages on the right to #7426. Park on the side of the road, and walk to the house on the lake. Meet at 1:00p. Weather permitting, we will hike, snowshoe or ski around or across the lake. At 2:00p we will gather inside to share food and recipes. Please bring vegetarian chilis and other dishes, with copies of the recipes. RSVP 727-0123 to help us plan.


JAN 12, 2008, 1:00p: Recycle America. Learn about single stream recycling at the Recycle America materials recover facility, 4550 Steelway Blvd S in Liverpool. We will meet in a conference room at 1:00p, then tour the facility and return to the conference room for questions and answers with Robert Comi. Directions: go to the Village of Liverpool, then travel North on Tulip Street. Tulip becomes Morgan Road after you go over the Thruway bridge. Turn right on Steelway Blvd. The road goes directly into the yard. Enter at the office door.

2007

 

DEC 2, 2007, 2:00p: Camillus Valley Natural Area. A Save the County property along Nine Mile Creek in Camilus. There is the beginnings of a rustic trail system and we will do a "walk-through -brush cleaning" hike. Leader will be Rick Smardon of STC and ESF. Bring gloves and brush cutting tools. The brush will be left on site. Meet at Marticso Station off Route 173 in the town of Camillus. More information: email to Rick Smardon or Jeffrey Devine.


NOV 3, 2007, 1:30p: Hike the western end of the proposed Onondaga Escarpment at Clark Reservation State Park. This is the escarpment that the Manlius Greenspace Coalition is working to have designated as a critical corridor. With our leader, Martin Sage, we will walk and learn about the unusual geological features that make this corridor so unique. An added feature is the native plant garden that we can visit after the walk. Meet at the kiosk near the bath houses. Wear good hiking shoes for occasional rocky trails. More information: 472-4977, 492-4745.


OCT 7, 2007, 2:00p: SPEDES walk and picnic. Two sierra members are joining to help us learn and also have a good time. We will enjoy the wooded trails, the stream and finish with a picnic lunch at a fine spot on Butternut Creek. Ralph Manna, retired DEC Regional Director will explain the Permit on the property, and the why, where, and when of this SPEDES. This is a great opportunity and a lovely spot, so bring a lunch, and enjoy. The location is Vicki Baker's home at 4432 South St., Jamesville. Park and meet in the driveway and the adjacent lawn. South St is Route 90 from the center of the Hamlet, and also Jamesville-Apulia Rd. Location is 200 yards south, on the left. More information: 469-5347, 492-4745.


SEP 30, 2007, 2:00p: At Clark Reservation State Park: Kimberly May, Naturalist for the Council of Park Friends and SUNY ESF masters' candidate, will lead her final walk of the season. The walk, starting at 2 p.m., will be an introduction to the landscape history of Clark Reservation State Park. Please meet at the nature center. This program, sponsored by the Council of Park Friends, is free and open to the public. The park charges a parking fee on weekends and holidays. Please call the nature center at 492-0067 for further information.


SEP 23, 2007, 2:00p: At Clark Reservation State Park: Naturalist/artist Kimberly May will lead a special walk, "Clark Is For Kids" at 2 p.m. This will be an easy walk and families are welcome to visit the nature center before and after the program. This program, sponsored by the Council of Park Friends, is free and open to the public. The park charges a parking fee on weekends and holidays. Please call the nature center at 492-0067 for further information.

 

SEP 16, 2007, 2:00p: At Clark Reservation State Park: Naturalist/artist Kimberly May of SUNY ESF will provide a program, "Introduction to Nature Sketching and Journaling". Please meet at the nature center at 2p.m. All materials are provided. This program is sponsored by the Council of Park Friend which encourages the public to learn more about their parks. The program is free; however, the park charges a parking fee on weekends. Call the nature center at 492-0067 for further information.

 

SEP 9, 2007, 2:00p: At Clark Reservation State Park: Naturalist/artist Kimberly May of SUNY ESF will lead a stroll at 2 p.m. along the Dr. Mildred Faust Trail. This trail honors the memory of a very special Central New Yorker, who dedicated her career to teaching botany to college students and nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Please meet at the nature center. This program, sponsored by the Council of Park Friends, is free and open to the public. The park charges a parking fee on weekends and holidays. Please call the nature center at 492-0067 for further information.

 

AUG 26, 2007, 2:00p: Written in the Rocks: The Two Geology Stories at Clark Reservation. Professor Meg Harris of Onondaga community College will present this geology program at Clark Reservation State Park. Professor Harris is the Chair of the Chemistry and Physical Science Department at OCC. This free program for the publicwill begin at the park nature center, operated by the Council of Park Friends, which sponsors the "Sundays in the Park" Series. Clark Reservation State Park is located just west of Jamesville along Rte. 173. A parking fee is in effect at this park on weekends and holidays only. Call 315/446-0263 or 315/ 492-0067 for further information.

JUL 16 & AUG 19, 2007, 2:00p: Park Reflections - Nature Journaling at Clark Reservation. Join Kimberly May, Council of Park Friends' naturalist-artist for a walk which will introduce you to nature sketching and journaling as you stroll through scenic Clark Reservation State Park. Art tools and guidance will be provided. Kimberly is an SUNY-ESF graduate student majoring in environmental interpretation and is an outstanding artist. This free program will be at 2:00p, Sunday, July 16th, with a similar program to be held on August 19th. Please meet at the park nature center. Nature Center visits and public education programs are provided free. A weekend and holiday-only parking fee is in effect at the park. Parking is now free for all ages on weekdays (except for holidays) at Clark Reservation. Questions may be directed to the nature center at 492-0067 or to 446-0263.

 

JUN 26, JUL 3, 10, 17, 2007, 2:00p: Tuesday Afternoon Nature Adventure Series: Exploring the Edge at Clark Reservation. Join the Council of Park Friends' naturalist, Guy Burgess, in a hike down to Glacier Lake at Clark Reservation State Park. This free event on Tuesday afternoons is recommended for ages 8 and older and may be helpful in working toward a scouting patch or badge. Participants will learn skills in exploring for and observing wildlife with emphasis on reptiles and amphibians. Always wear non-slip footwear when hiking. Participants should meet at the Park Friends' Nature Center at Clark Reservation located 1-1/4 miles west of the village of Jamesville. There is no parking fee in effect during these programs or any weekday that is not a holiday. If you have a group, a call in advance is appreciated. Questions may be directed to the nature center at 492-0067 or to 446-0263.

 

JUN 26, 2007, 4:00p: Corporate Challenge. The 25th Syracuse Chargers and JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Race at Onondaga Lake Park may be the corporate social event of the summer in Syracuse. It also raises money for local not-for-profit organizations. Sierra - Iroquois started participating the event in order to perform community service, show that containers can be recycled at large public events, raise awareness of Sierra Club, and raise funds for our Group. But we need your help! Please volunteer. Contact Lisa Daly by June 5 at 428-1384 or via email. Volunteers will receive parking passes, official race t-shirts, Sierra Club hats, a brown bag supper and good feelings. Even if you can spare only an hour, we will be happy to put you to work. More information on the event here.

 

JUN 26, 2007, 4:00p: Outings Workshop. There are 5 openings left for the National Sierra Outings Workshop, to be held at Camp Hoover, the Girl Scout camp at Song Lake from 6:00p Friday (dinner) to 12:30p Sunday, including lunch. The $45 charge includes all meals. You may stay in the bunkhouse or set up your tent on the grounds. If you need a scholarship, contact Martha Loew. Register here, or send email to Jane Jontz.

 

JUN 10, 2007, 2:00p: Moss Walk with the Council of Park Friends, starting at the Nature Center in Clark Reservation. Leader Jennifer Gilrich will teach us the fundamentals of moss identification. Clark Reservation: 446-0263.

 

JUN 2, 2007, 10:00a-3:00p: Onondaga Lake Day. Spend time with your family at the annual Onondaga Lake Day held behind the Griffin Visitors Center off Onondaga Lake Parkway.

MAY 26, 2007, 10:00a: Annual Lake Ontario Beach Cleanup. At the campground at Southwick Beach. Bring a bag lunch and we can picnic when we are done, around noon. Drive to the end of the campground and we meet on the beach with the Ranger. Bags are furnished and picked up by truck. Can be windy, and gloves are useful. More information: 298-3130.

 

MAY 20, 2007, 2:00p: Wildflowers Walk. At Clark Reservation. Easy walk will be led by Deborah Shanahan of Botany Club and Sierra club. Clark Reservation is on route 173, two miles west of the hamlet of Jamesville, NY. Meet at the nature center. Free and open to the public. More information: 492-4745.

 

APR 15, 2007, 2:00p: Step It Up 2007. We are planning a STEPITUP2007 event on the lawn of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church from 2:00 to 3:30. All community members interested in stepping up the fight against global warming are invited to attend. We will be part of a national virtual rally. See the Step It Up 2007 website for additional background on the national event. More information: 492-4745.

 

MAR 10, 2007, 12:30p: Onondaga Lake Walk before viewing film at Liverpool Library. Please meet us at Liverpool Public Library at 12:30 for a lake-side walk.

 

FEB 11, 2007, 2:00p: Annual Chili Snow Fest. At the Jezers' lovely home on Song Lake.-Take Preble Exit off of Route 81. Turn right onto 281. Take first right turn onto Song Lake Road (hairpin turn). After "Song Lake" sign, count eight garages on the right, 7426 Song Lake Road. Park on the side of the road and walk to the house on the lake. Bring a vegetarian chili or dish to pass and your favorite footwear, skis, boots, or snowshoes. We will traverse across or around the lake, return to eat around 3:00 and watch The True Cost of Food film and/or French Fries to Go. More information: 727-0123, 492-4745.

 

JAN 27, 2007, 1:30p: Onondaga Lake Walk before viewing film at Liverpool Library. Enjoy the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. Meet at the John Haley Memorial Parking Lot off Longbranch Rd.

2006

 

DEC 10, 2006, 1:00p: Highland Forest. Want to know your trees in winter? Then join us on a naturalist guided walk. Meet in main parking lot.

 

OCT 15, 2006, 1:00p: Explore Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Join us as we explore the Link Trail and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park area. There are two options: 1. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Link Trail parking lot in Cazenovia, for a walk up the hill to the Art Park and back - roughly three miles over hills and uneven terrain. Directions: turn South on Mill Street in Cazenovia and continue onto Chenango Street. The parking lot is on your left. 2. Drive directly to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and explore the trails on your own, including the new Old Orchard trail. Linger for a gallery opening and music, starting at 6 p.m. Directions from the West: travel through Cazenovia, heading east on Route 20. Just outside of Cazenovia, watch for the Art Park sign, and turn onto Stone Quarry Road. Entrance to the park is on the right side of the road. From the East, you will need to turn left on to Stone Quarry Road, just before reaching Cazenovia. Info: Tasha Cooper, 446-3750 or tasha.cooper@gmail.com.