Looking for adventure? Mt. Arab, in southern St. Lawrence County, offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks from its summit fire tower. Visit our trails page to learn more about local hiking opportunities.

We are once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2019 wall calendar.

Photos can be wildlife sightings, landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, game camera pics, or photos from any outdoor adventure - hiking, fishing, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, gardening, hunting, birding - you name it! The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to ACE Hardware (redeemable at multiple North Country ACE True Value locations), and their winning entry photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2018 calendar. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate to the TAUNY North Country Folkstore in downtown Canton. All individuals whose photos are selected for the calendar will receive two free calendars… Read more ...

A yellow DEC sign reading "Help Save New York's Ash Trees!" tied to an ash tree in Canton Just Our Nature

New York State has over 900 million ash trees. They line our streets, they shade our parks, and they’re in our yards. What would happen if those 900 million ash trees, 7% of all the trees in the state, died in only a few years?

Featured photo for the month of July, 2018 Calendar Just Our Nature

Calling all North Country nature photographers! 

Have you dusted off your camera yet this season? Well now's the time, because Nature Up North is once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2019 wall calendar.

A green emerald ash borer trap issued by New York State hangs in an ash tree. Just Our Nature

It’s a rare blessing to have a job I absolutely love, but it’s not all roses. Although some of it is, literally, roses. All too often it is my dubious honor to bring to public awareness a new invasive pest or disease, and history has not always been kind to the bearers of bad news.

Turtle crossing sign, Rt. 27 in Canton Just Our Nature

...to get to the other side!

Many of us rely on crosswalks to safely navigate through bustling traffic, but wild animals are often not so lucky. Road kill is a major issue that continues to decrease animal abundance and biodiversity. While road signs are established for animal crossing in certain areas, there is no way to determine exactly when and where an animal will cross.

A hiker sits to the right on rocks on Ampersand Mountain in New York State's Adirondacks. Just Our Nature

There’s ice coating one of the boulders next to me. Water drips off of it slowly, tracing a path through some moss below. The boulder in front of me is much larger and steeper, but isn’t slippery with ice, and, looking around me, I can see that the only way forwards is up. Gritting my teeth, I grab a nearby exposed tree root that’s jutting out from the top of the boulder, dig my toes into a crack in the rock, and pull myself up.

Events Up North

July 19, 2018

In conjunction with National Moth Night, Indian Creek will be hosting an exploration of moth diversity at the Nature Center.

July 19, 2018

Stories help us work through the events of our lives and find meaning in the world around us.

July 21, 2018

Learn some of the historic and current uses of many common wild plants, both native and naturalized. Focus is on edible plants, but will touch on herbal medicine as well.