Our 8th Annual Earth Day 7k is fast approaching! Check out the event page for registration, trail info, and event details.

Excited for the eclipse on April 8th? Want to get ahead of the crowds? Check out this list of events we've scheduled for north country locals to learn more about the eclipse, local traditions, and local opportunities to stay involved with space observation!

Tuesday, March 26th at 7 pm: Raven Steals the Sun

Wednesday, March 27th at 8 pm: Tupper Lake Sky Center Showcase

Saturday, April 13th at 6:30 pm: Clarkson's Reynolds Observatory Tour

More information for each of these events can be found by… Read more ...

Three examples of springtails Just Our Nature

As the soil warms up in April and May and green plants spring forth once again, a delicate aroma hangs in the air, apart from any floral scent wafting on the breeze. It’s earthy and fresh, and I find it almost intoxicating. It turns out that spring’s special perfume has some fun and quirky root causes.

A single yellow coltsfoot flower Just Our Nature

After so many months of winter whiteness, it’s a relief to watch the snow recede at last. We’re always grateful for the spring melt, even though the loss of snow cover gives way to a mostly brown world:  brown grass, sand everywhere along the roads, and brown needles under the pines. Not to mention the brown leaves we missed last fall, and maybe the dog poop that had built up, mercifully hidden under the snow.

Profile for Bernard the beaver Just Our Nature

Did you know that the beaver is New York’s official state mammal? It’s a warranted distinction due to their critical importance in the ecosystem. Beavers are a keystone species, meaning that their presence is essential for biodiversity and a sustained, healthy ecosystem. Beavers accomplish this promotion of biodiversity by altering the habitat of an area by way of building dams and changing water flows.

Camryn Reynolds stands next to their USS_Cam battleship sled. Just Our Nature

The 6th Annual Cardboard Sled Race, planned originally for Saturday, February 10th, then moved to Saturday, Feb 24th due to weather, fell victim this year to the warm weather of El Niña. What was otherwise a delightfully warm and sunny week leading up to Saturday, melted much of the snow that had dropped the weekend prior.

A diagram of a landfill designed for the collection of methane gas. Just Our Nature

Even if its precise definition isn’t at the tip of your tongue, most everyone gets the drift of what’s meant by the term ‘biogas.’ There is biology involved, and the result is gas. One example might be the funk in the air on the bus carrying the sauerkraut-eating team home after a weekend competition. Another type of biogas is cow belches, and the rotten-egg stink-bubbles that swarm to the surface when your boot disappears into swamp mud.

Events Up North

April 20, 2024

Looking for a way to stay involved with local astronomy after the eclipse? Thinking about picking up a new hobby, but not sure where to get started?

April 21, 2024

Welcome back for another awesome trail race!