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!

Useful Links

Lesson Plans

Adirondack Curriculum Project:  Lesson plan outlines focused on the Adirondack Park's natural and cultural resources, written by local teachers.  Includes NYS Content Area Standards.

DEC Educator Resources:  Includes a collection of lesson plans to bring students out into nature and nature into classrooms. The lesson plans are grouped by age/grade and then topics, including animals, recycling, and water, and include NYS Standards.  The DEC also offers professional development opportunities for NYS teachers.  

Four Winds Institute:  Based in Vermont, Four Winds works to advance the understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research.  Their website includes lesson units focused on northern forest ecology.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Educational Clearinghouse:  Excellent, detailed lesson plans based on northern forest ecology.  Includes Project WET, which trains classroom and other educators in hands-on, interactive lessons that are focused on water and encourage critical thinking, and Project WILD, ainterdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife designed for educators of kindergarten through 12th grade.


North Country Nature Centers and Cultural Resources

Indian Creek Nature Center

Robert Moses State Park Nature Center

Akwesasne Cultural Center:  Includes a library and museum providing access to resources on Akwesasne culture and history.  Open to the general public.

TAUNY:  A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country.


Species ID Resources:

Leafsnap - for leaf id


Nature Up North Resources:

Living Environment Ecology Unit- North Country Amphibians, Trees, and Spring Ephemerals