All around us, the landscape is waking up. Migrating birds have returned, buds are breaking, and the first flowers are blooming on the forest floor. Help us document the arrival of spring by posting your observations as Encounters! Photo: Painted Trillium

Nature Up North and the St. Lawrence Land Trust invite you to join us for the 4th annual Earth Day 7K Trail Run & Walk on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, at 10:00 am.

Visit for more details, or pre-register here!

Huckleberry Lake in late autumn. Photo by Bill Hill. Just Our Nature

Dear friends and neighbors,

It's that time of year again; the snow is flying, the geese have (mostly) left.  Must be time to consider making a contribution to support Nature Up North!  We'd be delighted and appreciative if you made a donation to help environmental education here in the North Country. 

Specifically, your gift will help to support activities such as:

red bell pepper over black background Just Our Nature

April 1, 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the development of the modern sweet pepper, also known as the bell pepper. Native to Central America, as well as to Mexico and northern South America, there is evidence that numerous types of peppers (Capsicum annuum) have been cultivated by native peoples for at least 6,500 years.

Photo: Christopher Lenney, Watertown Times North Country Voices

Mark Berninghausen owns Squeak Creek Apiaries in Brasher Falls, where he raises bees for their pollination services and produces honey. We had the opportunity to talk to him about bee keeping in the North Country.


Nature Up North: How would you describe your perfect day in the North Country?

mushroom identification Just Our Nature

Are you a k-12 teacher in the North Country? Take your science outside with us and learn to use place-based, local citizen science projects to meet Next Generation Science Standards at this CTLE approved workshop!

Mt. Arab Just Our Nature

In the midst of a North Country winter, you might be experiencing the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. You may have low motivation and be tempted to withdraw from social interaction... it might feel like your own personal hibernation. Some people dismiss this as simply “the winter blues”. It might be, but it also may be more than that.

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