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!

Diagram showing the difference in composition of compacted soil versus uncompacted soil Just Our Nature

Have you ever spent time on a farm or around farmers? Do you remember helping your parents weed their garden as a kid–or do you make your kids help you weed yours? Chances are, you’re connected to agriculture in some shape or form, even if it’s just through the food you eat.

A baby painted turtle Just Our Nature

As soon as the ponds thaw and the temperatures warm, we know the earth is preparing for spring and summer. The flowers begin to bud and the grasses green again. We pack away our winter jackets and dig out the t-shirts and shorts. But it’s not just humans who recognize this transition. Our North Country wildlife recognize these same changes in the environment and come out for the warmer months of the year.

Trumpeter Swan spreading its wings Just Our Nature

It’s nesting season, which means the skies and waters are filled with life; chirping birds calling out for a mate, waterfowl patrolling the waters for a place to roost. But for a few centuries, wetland areas have been missing the notable honking of the largest species of waterfowl in the world. Weighing an average of 26 pounds and growing up to 6 feet in length, the massive Trumpeter Swan is truly an impressive creature.

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.

Events Up North

July 07, 2022

Our second campfire of the summer includes our nocturnal owl pals! We will spend about 30 minutes learning about North Country owls, how to spot them and what their calls sound like.

July 09, 2022

Join staff from Nature Up North, Nicandri Nature Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Indian Creek Nature Center for a four part series in nature tech this summer.

July 09, 2022

This fishing clinic at Ives’ Park in Potsdam is open to all ages and abilities. Learn about local fish and how to cast - fishing poles included, free of charge!