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 ...

Title slide from presentation In the Schools

The Nature Up North team was delighted to be able to present at the annual Tech Camp presented by the Model Schools team.

Teachers sample for macroinvertebrates in the Grasse River. In the Schools

A small crowd assembles with various instruments, test sets and other equipment in preparation for the lab assignment. Carefully they organize ampules, sample nets and data sheets. These citizen scientists are sampling the waters for invertebrate animals, dissolved oxygen levels, pH (acidity) and phosphorus and nitrogen levels. This is not an indoor lab, but right on the Grasse River in Canton.

Compound ash leaves against a bright blue sky Just Our Nature

Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since its discovery in Michigan in 2002. EAB reached St. Lawrence County in 2017. If you have ash trees on your property, it is important to plan for EAB.

Read more about Emerald Ash Borer

A sentinel tree at Bend in the River Park in Canton. Just Our Nature

You look out your window on a mid-summer day: the sun filters through the full, bright green leaves on the big ash tree in your yard, making patterns that dance across your floor. You hear birds sing too; a pair of robins is nesting again in one of the upper branches. It’s a pretty picture, until you learn that emerald ash borer larvae (Agrilus planipennis) are slowly destroying this tree, eating away the layer just under the bark.

Events Up North

August 25, 2018

Join John Bursnall, Geology professor at St. Lawrence University, for a unique trip that will explore the fascinating geology of the area between Canton and Gouverneur.