What's Your Nature?

Become a Nature Up North explorer to share your encounters with wild things and wild places in New York's North Country. Post your wildlife sightings, landscape shots, photos from your outings, and even your organization's events!

Just Our Nature

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Leprechaun Trees

Haw berries. Photo: FreeUsePhotos, Flickr Creative Commons.

Leprechaun Trees

My earliest memory of St. Patrick’s Day is how angry it made my mother, who holds dual Irish-American citizenship and strongly identifies with her Celtic roots. It was not the day itself which got her Irish up, so to speak, but rather the way it was depicted in popular American culture: Green-beer drink specials at the bars and St. Patrick’s Day sales in every store, all endorsed by grinning, green-clad, marginally sober leprechauns.

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February Frolic - Snow Sculpting!

February Frolic - Snow Sculpting!

One of my favorite snowy day activities is building snow sculptures, whether that be the classic snow family or something a bit more outside of the box. And with all this fresh snow from our most recent winter storm, now is the perfect time! Matthew Morris, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has taken the snow sculpting game up a notch. See his most recent sculpture, a rendition of the Tower of Pisa, below for an example of his incredible snow skills. 

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February Frolic - Who’s Frolicking With You?

February Frolic - Who’s Frolicking With You?

If you’ve been getting outside and frolicking this February, you may have noticed some signs left in the snow that you aren’t alone! This gallery features some tracks found by other North Country explorers, as well as resources to help you identify what you're frolicking with! And remember, no matter what you spot, be sure to share it with us via our Encounters page (https://www.natureupnorth.org/encounters). 

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February Frolic: Get Outside With Nature Up North 

February Frolic: Get Outside With Nature Up North 

Are you tired of being inside? Don’t let the cold weather get you down, get up and get outside with Nature Up North! Here are some activities you can do outside while in the North Country. Make sure to always layer up and stay warm! 

 

  1. Snowy Hike 

You can’t go wrong with a hike during the cold winter months. Make sure to layer up and stay hydrated as you explore the winter wonders of the North Country. 

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The Secret World of Fireflies

The Secret World of Fireflies

If you look outside on a warm North Country summer night, you’re likely to see tiny blinking lights floating through the sky, disappearing and then reappearing a few feet away. These fireflies (Lampyridae) are not made of fire nor are they flies! They’re actually a member of the beetle order, Coleoptera, the largest known order of organisms in the world with over 350,000 beetle species described and upwards of a million or more species still predicted to be undiscovered.

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Virtual Nature Coloring Book

Virtual Nature Coloring Book

Nature Up North presents a virtual nature coloring book! This coloring book features different animals and plants that you can find in the North Country. It includes fun facts about each species, tree identification, and more. Post and tag us in your finished coloring book pages on social media and use the hashtag #colorwithnun. Stay tuned for more coloring pages coming soon!

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Herb Gardening for Beginners

Herb Gardening for Beginners

Are you interested in building a small garden at home, but don’t know how to start? Or are you simply looking for a new hobby during quarantine? Keep reading to learn how to get started and the benefits of having a herb garden at your disposal. These herbs are ideal for beginners because they’re easy to grow and take care of! 

Find a home for your herbs

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A Beginner's Guide to Summer Stargazing

Long Exposure Shot of Stars Throughout the Night (Encounter by David Pynchon)

A Beginner's Guide to Summer Stargazing

As we approach the three-month mark of quarantining at home with our families and loved ones, it is more important than ever to get into nature in creative ways. If you’re working from home with little ones running around, a college student looking for a creative outlet, or simply looking to expand your own horizons, follow our guide to explore the summer night sky.

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"Love Your Mother" Bingo

"Love Your Mother" Bingo

May 15, 2020 - May 22nd, 2020

Join us for a game of "Love Your Mother" bingo! We've created a virtual bingo game that you can participate in over the next week by completing a variety of outdoor, hands-on and on-line activities all while social distancing.

How to Play:

1. Download the bingo card attached below to choose the activities you would like to participate in to complete a row or column of five. You may go diagonally and participate in as many activities as you would like!

2. Take photos as you engage in the activities.

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