Our favorite fairy naturalists, Thimble and Blossom, have returned to the North Country and are excited to answer your nature questions! Head to the most recent blog for clues to find their homes!

We're kicking off Season 2 of Naturally Speaking with a mini-series from St. Lawrence University Forest Ecology students. Head on over to our Naturally Speaking page to listen to the most recent episodes.

Episodes will include discussion on sugar maples, ash trees and emerald ash borer in the Akwesasne community, edible fungi, and how trees communicate. There's sure to be something for everyone to tune in for!

Fairy house under a log Ask a Fairy

We just heard that Thimble and Blossom, our migratory fairy naturalists, are back in the North Country! In the spring they like to bounce on blooming buds, zip around with dragonflies, and take cold dips in freshly melted puddles! Through all their woodland time they’ve become excellent naturalists, and are now here to answer any questions you may have!

Two slu runners coming onto the avenue of elms during the 6th annual earth day 7k Just Our Nature

By now any sore muscles have been iced and the race signs have been put away until next year, but we're still thinking about what a great time we had with the runners and walkers who attended Nature Up North's 6th Annual Earth Day 7k last Sunday! Although the morning started off a bit dreary with some sprinkles, by the time the starting countdown hit "go" at 10:30am, the sun was shining and spirits were high. The course followed the St.

College team Calc-U-SUS from Clarkson goes for one last slide in their slightly tattered cardboard sled Just Our Nature

The 4th Annual Cardboard Sled Race, held Saturday, February 5th was an exciting way to start off Canton’s annual Winterfest. It was a chilly but sunny morning, perfect for speeding down the hill. Competition was fierce, with many racers fighting their way to the finish line by dragging themselves on tattered sleds or getting a boost from a teammate. Participants competed 1 v.

close up photo of an american beech bud Just Our Nature

The American beech (Fagus grandifolia) has been slowly dying out for the last 140 years. As a result, beech saplings have overrun many woodlots, making them less diverse, less vigorous, and less valuable.  

A large group orange fungi grow on a tree trunk Just Our Nature

For some reason, mushrooms have spawned more than their fair share of puns. As a kid I learned that they’re all fun-guys, and that the only rooms you can’t enter in a house are mushrooms. The last one might not work these days, as entire buildings are now being made of fungus.  

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