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Region Seven Nature Centers

Oswego, Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Tioga and Broome Counties

Region Seven includes the counties of Central New York, taking in the shores of Lake Ontario and the easternmost Finger Lakes. Opportunities to visit varied ecosystems abound in this area.

DEC encourages visitors to call ahead to confirm directions, hours of operation and user fee information.

Note: By clicking on the links for these environmental centers, you will go off DEC's website.

Rogers Environmental Education Center

2721 State Hwy 80
Sherburne, NY 13460
607-674-4017
Chenango County

Program Description:Rogers Environmental Education Center's 600 acres contains ponds, marshes, meadows, forests, farm crops, and an herb garden. Programs and exhibits are designed to help the variety of audiences gain a better awareness, appreciation, and understanding of natural history, ecological principles, and natural resource management. Facilities consist of a picnic area and six miles of trails.

Hours: Grounds open sunrise to sunset.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

3288 Main Street
Mexico, NY 13114
800-724-1753
Fax: 315-963-0968
4-H Environmental Education Center Website

Oswego County

Program Description: The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, owned and operated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program, consists of 150 acres of mixed woods, wetlands, and Rowell Brook. Three miles of hiking trails guide visitors through the ecosystems. The trails are open to the public year round from dawn to dusk. The buildings may be used year round for a minimal fee. Guided education programs are offered by pre-registration.

Hours: Trails are open daily dawn to dusk.

Fees: No entrance fee. For renting of facilities, fees are Day Use: $5/person/day with a minimum fee of $50 and Overnight: $10 /person/night with a minimum fee of $ 130/ night. The fee for Guided Nature Programs is $2/ person with a minimum group fee of $25.

Buildings:
Paul and Theresa Schoeck Education Building
consists of an exhibit hall and classrooms. Building is open during public programs.
Evergreen Lodge: Dormitory and bathroom building. Provides sleeping arrangements for up to 60 people. Bathroom facilities include shower stalls;
Dunn Lodge: Main meeting and kitchen building. Kitchen contains 2 refrigerators, stove, microwave, pots and pans, plates, glasses, and utensils. Blackboard, tables, and chairs. Seating for 60 people;
Don MacVean Pavilion: Seating up to 200 people.

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public, Community Groups (scouts, 4-H)

Picnic Area: Yes, pavilion

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

PO Box 133, Bishop Hill Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
315-673-1350
Fax: 315-673-3671
Baltimore Woods Nature Center Website

Onondaga County

Program Description: Baltimore Woods is a 182-acre preserve featuring a Backyard Wildlife Area, the Mildred E. Faust Wildflower Garden, a Pioneer Homestead, the Dee Atkinson Arboretum and several miles of trails. Baltimore Woods is managed by the Centers for Nature Education, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to teaching and promoting environmental awareness. We have just over six miles of trails that wind down through a beautiful glacial melt water valley.

Hours: Center: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. // Grounds open dawn to dusk all year

Fees: Parking and Hiking are free. Donation appreciated. Fees for special programs.

Buildings: John A Weeks Interpretive Center, Pioneer Cabin, and Pavilion.

Wheelchair access: Building and Faust Garden Trail are fully accessible

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Onondaga County Department of Parks and Recreation
8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
315-638-2519
Fax: 315-638-7488
Beaver Lake Nature Center Website

Onondaga County

Program Description: Beaver Lake Nature Center is a 600-acre Onondaga County Park which includes a 200-acre glacially formed lake and a rich variety of natural communities including a bog. Programs include naturalist-led weekend walks, guided canoe tours, snowshoe hikes, a summer day camp and school, and other group tours.

Hours: Interpretive building open 8:00 AM to Dusk., every day except Christmas // Trails open 7:30 AM to Dusk, every day.

Fees: $1 per vehicle parking fee

Buildings: Interpretive building and restrooms

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Cayuga Nature Center, Inc.

1420 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-6260
Fax: 607-273-1719
Cayuga Nature Center Website

Tompkins County

Program Description: An environmental education center overlooking Cayuga Lake offers programs for visiting school classes. With 241 acres of streams, fields and woodlands at two different locations, the center has five miles of public trails available dawn to dusk.

Hours: Grounds open dawn to dusk, year round. // Building: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM and Sat. - Sun. 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fees: Call for building and trail fee information.

Buildings: Rustic lodge and restrooms

Wheelchair access: No

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Chenango Valley State Park History & Nature Center

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
153 State Park Rd
Chenango Forks, NY 13746
607-648-5251
Fax: 607-648-8445
Chenango Valley State Park Nature Center Website

Chenango County

Program Description: History, focusing on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and nature exhibits along with educational programs.

Hours: Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Wednesdays & Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fees: None for center; $6 for day use at the park Memorial Day - Labor Day

Buildings: Nature center

Wheelchair access: No

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes and Beach in summer

Clark Reservation State Park Nature Center

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
Nature Center (Seasonal #):315-492-0067
Park Office: 315-492-1590
Fax: 315-492-1908
Clark Reservation State Park Nature Center Website

Onondaga County

Program Description: Nature education; mounts; maps; field guides; history; Naturalist guided hikes; school group activities

Hours: Memorial Day thru Labor Day: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM daily

Fees: None for the Nature Center. No vehicular access fee for entrance to the Park except on weekends and holidays ($4).

Buildings: Nature Center

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-254-2473 or 1-800-843-2473
Fax: 607-254-2415
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Website

Tompkins County

Program Description: Large picture windows in the Lyman K. Stuart Observatory overlook a 10-acre pond at Sapsucker Woods and microphones pipe in outdoor sounds. Both waterfowl and perching birds may be enjoyed year round. Sanctuary trails are open for walking all year.

Hours: Interpretive building: Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Grounds and trails open daily all year.

Fees: None

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: Buildings and restrooms are accessible; trails are not.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Finch Hollow Nature Center

Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation
1394 Oakdale Road
Johnson City, NY 13790
607-729-4231
Fax: 607-729-4110
Finch Hollow Nature Center Website

Broome County

Program Description: A full range of public programs is available year-round, for ages 3 through adult. Programs for schools or other organized groups by appointment. Public program information posted at gobroomecounty.com, or available by mail or phone. Quarterly "Naturalists' Notes" newsletter available.

Hours: Hours vary; please call ahead.

Fees: Free

Buildings: Two- room nature museum featuring both traditional "behind-glass" displays and hands-on, "participatory" displays, with a focus on local wildlife and related topics. Lower level meeting room.

Wheelchair access: Building accessible in part (museum level is accessible). Trails not accessible.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes; no pavilion.

Green Lakes Nature Center

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
7900 Green Lakes Rd
Fayetteville, NY 13066
315-637-6111
Fax: 315-637-3385
Green Lakes Nature Center Website

Onondaga County

Program Description: Exhibits about the park's lakes, geology, flora, and fauna. Interactive nature programs, discussions, and walks are offered seasonally, please call the office for further details.

Hours: Seasonal hours: please call the office for hours of operation

Fees: None for center; $6 parking fee for park during Memorial Day - Labor Day

Buildings: Nature center

Wheelchair access: Building is ramped

Visitor Focus: General Public

Picnic Area: Yes, Beach in summer

Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture

338 McLean Road
Cortland, NY 13045-9355
607-662-4632
Lime Hollow Center Website

Cortland County

Program Description: Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture offers more than 350 acres of diverse habitat including mixed forests, streams, ponds, fens, a bog, abandoned fields, and beautiful views. The center also offers school field trips, summer camps for school-aged children, public programs, and can arrange custom programs for visitor groups with advance notice. X-country ski and snow-shoe rentals are available in winter. And educational interpretive displays, bird sanctuary, and nature-gift shop are also featured at the Lime Hollow visitor center.

Hours: Guided tours and programs: by appointment // Trails: open dawn till dusk. // Visitor center: Tues. - Fri.: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fees: For guided tours only

Buildings: Interpretive visitor center, restrooms, green-building features (passive solar array, composting toilets, gray-water system, geothermal heating, etc.)

Wheelchair access: ADA-compliant visitor center; nearby "Trail for All" (short loop, flat terrain); one trail-ready wheelchair.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public, Seniors

Picnic Area: Yes

Rice Creek Field Station

State University College at Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
315-342-0961
Fax: 315-342-0347
Rice Creek Field Station Website

Oswego County

Program Description: Rice Creek Field Station is surrounded by 400 acres of varied habitats, including mature forest, 26-acre Rice Creek Pond, Rice Creek, and fields in several stages of succession. The field station building contains teaching laboratories, a seminar room, an exhibit area on Oswego County natural history and well-kept nature trails. Various field research projects are being conducted at the station by local and regional investigators. Year-round nature education programs are offered to the general public.

Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, year-round

Fees: None

Buildings: Research and education center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: No

Visitor Focus: Scientific Research, Undergraduate research and training, field station, Elementary and High School demonstrative science, General Public recreation (walking trails) and ecology education.

Picnic Area: No

Salmon River Fish Hatchery

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
2133 County Route 22
Altmar, NY 13302
315-298-5051
Fax: 315-298-6960
Salmon River Fish Hatchery Website

Oswego County

Program Description: Salmon River Fish Hatchery is operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to provide 3.5 million salmonids including chinook, coho, and Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and brown trout for NY's Great Lakes and their tributaries. The facility has been open since 1981 and provides a unique indoor/outdoor educational opportunity through a self-guided tour depicting hatchery operations and various fisheries programs. Guided programs are also available upon request and video presentations are offered daily in the auditorium. National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated as the hatchery's open house on the fourth Saturday in September.

Peak season for viewing adult Pacific salmon returning to the hatchery and their spawning operations is mid September to mid October. Peak steelhead season is the end of March through April. Spawning operations for all species take place only on weekdays. Call ahead for spawning schedule.

Hours: Open mid-March to November 30, depending on snow accumulations, daily 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fees: None

Buildings: Interpretive center, outdoor viewing deck at the fish ladder, restrooms

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes

Selkirk Shores State Park Recreation Center

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
9 Pine Grove Road
Pulaski, NY 13142
315-298-5737
Fax: 315-298-6921
Selkirk Shores State Park Website

Oswego County

Program Description: Nature orientated programs and activities for campers and park patrons.

Hours: Check with Park for opening dates and activities - Closes Labor Day

Fees: Included in camping and day use fees

Buildings: Recreation Hall, restrooms, pavilion, campground store

Wheelchair access: Yes

Visitor Focus: General Public

Picnic Area: Yes & Beach in summer

Sterling Nature Center

PO Box 126
Sterling, NY 13156
315-947-6143
Fax: 315-947-6521
Sterling Nature Center Website

Oswego County

Program Description: The Sterling Nature Center is a new 1200-acre center featuring 1.9 miles of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline, a beaver wetland with great blue heron rookery, several vernal pools, an impounded wetland. Weaving throughout the 900 acres of forest, 100 acres of meadow and 200 acres of wetland habitat are 11 hiking trails. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset everyday of the year for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Center is located in northern Cayuga County just up the road from the Sterling Renascence Festival. We offer a wide variety of nature study programs for the general public, groups, clubs, tours and anyone else interested in nature. Things are still evolving at the center as we are only a few years old. Volunteers and suggestions are always welcomed.

Hours: Grounds and Trails open sunrise to sunset. // Interpretive Center hours vary with the seasons, please call or email for specific information.

Fees: Vary with program and group requirements, Use of trail system and grounds free to general public, donations to Friends group are accepted

Buildings: Interpretive Center with exhibits, small gift shop and accessible restroom

Wheelchair access: Building and restrooms are accessible along with Lake View Deck and Trail

Visitor Focus: Schools, groups, tours, general public

Picnic Area: Yes, outside Interpretive Center

Waterman Conservation Education Center

PO Box 377, 403 Hilton Road
Apalachin, NY 13732-0377
607-625-2221
Waterman Conservation Education Center Website

Tioga County

Program Description: The Waterman Center, a non-profit nature center, has four miles of trails that wind through 94 acres of woods and meadows. An interpretive building housing a museum, taxidermy collection, gift shop, offices, lecture room, classroom space, and a small library are on site. Off-site facilities include 112-acre Hiawatha Island in the Susquehanna River, the 24-acre Brick Pond and 40-acre Apalachin Marsh.

Hours: Interpretive building: Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and on weekends 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM // Grounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees: Vary according to group size

Buildings: Interpretive center, restrooms

Wheelchair access: Building is accessible, trails are not.

Visitor Focus: Schools, General Public

Picnic Area: Yes