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 you organization's events!

Signs of Spring Campaign

Event date and time
May 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM


Timing makes all the difference.

From spring peepers and Canada geese to red-winged blackbirds and fiddlehead ferns, many of us have a favorite first sign of spring. What is yours? Have you spotted it yet this year? Did you know that sharing your observations helps us record seasonal changes, also known as phenology, over time?

As Spring unfolds in the North Country, take a second to look around. What do you notice changing in your backyard? On your favorite trails? What do you and your friends or family like to do outside this time of year? 

We need you! From April 14th (National Citizen Science Day) through May 14th, we're asking you to share the date and location of your first spring sightings as Encounters at natureupnorth.org.


Prizes will be offered in the following categories:

Signs of Spring: Share the date and location of your first spring sightings! (No picture? Tell us about it anyways!) 

People in Nature: What do you love to do outside with your friends and family? On an afternoon walk with the dog, trail run, or sitting by the river with friends? Snap a picture and share it.

Whether you're taking pictures of spring wildflowers, trail time with friends and family, or a roadside clean up -- we can't wait to see what you're up to!

Prizes: Everyone who submits a photo in each category will be entered in a drawing to win a free Nature Up North hat & shirt set. Names entered once per Encounter.

Your help is vital to our ability to monitor changes in the timing of the onset of spring in region! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by sending an email to info@natureupnorth.org

Upcoming Spring Events:

From April 14th- 28th, join us for one of our community events to celebrate spring. All events are free and open to the community.

Earth Day 7K Trail Run and Walk - Sunday, April 22nd

Arbor Day Ash Tree Survey - Friday, April 27th


*visit natureupnorth.org/events to learn more



Appropriate ages
Up to age 10
Skill level
Contact person

Emlyn Crocker