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 now collecting photo submissions for the Nature Up North 2020 Wall Calendar!

Contest Dates: July 1 - September 1, 2019

Photos must be original and local to northern New York State. Images may 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 get the idea. The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the TAUNY North Country Folkstore and their winning entry photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2020 calendar. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate to the St. Lawrence University Brewer Bookstore in Canton. All individuals whose photos are selected for the… Read more ...

'' In the Schools

Are you a St. Lawrence County teacher interested in incorporating more nature-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content?

Join the Nature Up North team for our 6th annual summer teacher workshop!

Cattails blowing in the breeze Just Our Nature

The two cats at my place have endured life-threatening traumas such as falls, fights, and the compulsory “devotions” of small children. It’s amazing the hazards they can survive. Sadly, my contacts in the veterinary field continue to assert that cats have but a single life, and that the whole nine-lives thing is just a cat tale.

Adult goose held by Emlyn Crocker of Nature Up North Just Our Nature

The Canadian goose population began to decline in the 1970s due to increased harvesting.

Blanding's Turtle Just Our Nature

Perhaps due to their iconic shells, great longevity, and slow movements, turtles form an assemblage of about 320 species that are instantly recognized and often loved, by nearly everyone.  However, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, turtles as a group are declining worldwide, faster than nearly every other vertebrate group.  Threats include widespread habitat loss, exploitation for food and for the pet trade,

Lost Pond Trail. Photo: Bill Hill, 2019 Just Our Nature

As many anglers know, trees and trout are closely related. Not in a family sense, of course. And not like the way in which tomatoes and fish were briefly married in a 1996 experiment at Oakland, California-based DNA Plant Technology in an attempt to get a frost-tolerant tomato (or possibly a saucy fish). If it weren’t for tree cover, cold-water fish species would not survive in most of the streams they now inhabit.

Events Up North

July 23, 2019

Looking to get out on the water? Join us for a relaxing evening paddling on the Little River in Canton. You can bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one from us for free. Never paddled before?

July 24, 2019

Join Nature Up North and St. Lawrence Land Trust to help sample water quality at Hart’s Falls.

July 27, 2019

Join us as we look for edible plants on hike up Coney Mountain! We'll be learning how to find and safely identify edible plants, and enjoying the hike to the top.