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Indian Creek Nature Center

FRUIT TREE SPRINGTIME CARE: PRUNING, DEVELOPMENT AND RESTORATION

Event date and time
April 13, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Event description

A program to acquaint the novice as well as the more experienced fruit grower with tree care techniques from the ground up, from pruning and training young plants to renovating old, neglected trees. Master Gardener Don O’Shea, with decades of experience working with fruit trees, will share information on tree biology, pruning to enhance sound structural growth, fruit production and tree health, tool tips and mistakes to avoid. This class is free but pre-registration is required (important in case of changes due to bad weather). Call Don prior to the program date of April 13, 2019.

WINTER TRACKING

Event date and time
January 5, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Event description

The ICNC hosts a wonderful array of interesting animals and fauna throughout the year. Peter O'Shea, local naturalist and author, will lead the group in identifying various creatures by their tracks and other unique features. If snow is sufficiently deep, trackers can bring their snowshoes or borrow them from the Nature Center. If no snow, we'll scout the trails on foot. Dress appropriately.
Leader: Peter O'Shea (315) 848-2178
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 10:00 to noon.

FUNGI AT THE NATURE CENTER

Event date and time
October 6, 2018 - 10:00 AM to October 8, 2018 - 12:00 PM
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Event description

Join us at the Center as Claire Burkum shares her enthusiasm for all kinds of fungi. Participants will see lichens, shelf fungi, and probably mushrooms, and also perhaps distinguish these fungi from similar (but non-fungal) organisms like slime molds. Bring a hand lens or magnifying glass if possible. Leader: Claire Burkum, (315) 261-1884

NIGHT SKY

Event date and time
September 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM to September 29, 2018 - 10:00 PM
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Event description

Say goodbye to the summer sky with an evening of star gazing. You'll take a tour of the sky using a telescope, binoculars and the unaided eye. We'll explore the mythology behind some of the constellations, and view star clusters, the Andromeda galaxy, and Saturn. Feel free to bring your own binoculars.

FALL WARBLERS AND OTHER MIGRANTS

Event date and time
September 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Email
mbwarburton@verizon.net
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Event description

Come enjoy a fall bird walk at Indian Creek Nature Center. Participants will view a wide variety of species on a hike through shrubland, marsh, wetland, and forest habitats along the Tower and Succession Trails. A spotting scope will be used to view birds on Lower Lake from the top of the observation tower. Bring binoculars!

Asters, Goldenrods, and Other Fall Flowering Plants

Event date and time
September 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Address

Indian Creek Nature Center
1125 Co Rd 14
Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
United States

Email
ritzko@northnet.org
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Location
Event description

Join Anne Johnson at for a stroll along the edges of the ponds and marsh at Indian Creek Nature Center to look at and identify late flowering plants. Please meet at Nature Center Parking area in Rensselaer Falls. 

Photo: purplestem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum), Melissa Burchard

Geologic Features of the North Country

Event date and time
August 25, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Event description

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. Meet John at the Main Entrance of Indian Creek Nature Center to begin a journey that will include visiting several rock outcroppings and road cuts along State Routes 11, 58, and a few others. John will explain the formations and participants will get close-up looks at some unique and beautiful rocks. This trip will be longer than others in the past to allow for exploring spots that are rarely visited.

Wild Edible Plants, Plus a Little Medicine

Event date and time
July 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Address

1125 Co Rd 14
Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
United States

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Event description

Learn some of the historic and current uses of many common wild plants, both native and naturalized. Focus is on edible plants, but will touch on herbal medicine as well. Come dressed for the weather, and for ticks, too.
Leader: Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, (315) 379-9191, ext. 232.
Date: Saturday, July 21st from 8:00 – 11:00

Moth Night at Indian Creek Nature Center

Event date and time
July 18, 2018 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Address

1125 County Route 14
Canton, NY 13617
United States

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Event description

In conjunction with National Moth Night, Indian Creek will be hosting an exploration of moth diversity at the Nature Center. We will set up a black light and discuss the major features of the many different groups of moths that we see.
Leader: Ray Erickson (315) 379-9235
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 9:00 - ?

Photo: Luna moth, shared by Lyndsay LaBarge