Baltimore Woods Announces April Events

April 1st-5th Adventure Day Camp: Mud Week 2013, 9am-4pm
Bring on the mud! It’s time for spring break and that can only mean Mud Week at Baltimore Woods! Join us for a week of exploration and adventure in the spring mud. Every day is a different theme – sign up for a day at a time or all five! Before and after care is available. $40/child/day, or $150 for the whole week.

April 5th Star Party: Comet Panstarrs, 7:30-9:30pm Back-up date April 6th
Comet Panstarrs will be visible in the northwest after sunset, right next to the Andromeda galaxy! While we can’t be certain of its brightness, it may be a stunning sight. Jupiter will be visible all evening, and Saturn will be rising in the east. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

April 13th ESF Students Step Out: Spectacular Spring Saturday, 11am-12 noon for adults; 1-2pm for families; 2:30-3:30 pm for children
The Natural History and Interpretive Program at SUNY ESF will sponsor programs for children, families and adults lead by the newest generation of naturalists. Visit baltimorewoods.org in April for more details. Call to register. Donations appreciated.

April 20th “Eat Your Enemy” Earth Day Event, 10am-1pm
Once again, The Woods needs you to be part of our special task force against the highly invasive garlic mustard. This edible plant was brought to America as part of pioneer gardens; however, it is invasive and now endangers native woodland wildflowers. Whether you volunteer pulling garlic mustard or sprucing up the grounds, gardens, or trails, you will be treated to a unique and delicious lunch featuring garlic mustard as the special ingredient. Bring your friends and eat your enemy! Please register by calling (315) 673-1350.

April 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th Weekend Wildflower Walks, 2-3pm
The premier woodland wildflower garden at Baltimore Woods is a local treasure. Join caretaker Audrey Loewer for a pleasant walk through one of the wonders of spring. Each week new species will bloom, and Audrey will reveal their past and present medicinal and culinary uses. The garden is handicap accessible; please call ahead if you need assistance. Donations appreciated.

April 22nd Not So Silent Spring, 10:30-noon
Join Naturalist Tom Meier this Earth Day for an inspiring bird walk, accompanied by the words of Rachel Carson. Her writings helped launch an environmental movement which kept the spring birds singing. Bring binoculars. $5 members; $8 nonmembers.

April 24th Birding Series: Getting Started, 7-8:30pm
Baltimore Woods and the Onondaga Audubon Society team up to help get you started with a hobby that promises a lifetime of joy. This first program focuses on species ID tips and tricks, binocular selection, and bird feeding essentials. There will be a corresponding field trip on Saturday the 27th. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

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April 27th Birding Field Trip: Getting Started, 8-11am
Here’s a chance to put into practice the basic birding skills learned from the workshop on the 24th. We will visit some key birding hotspots within Baltimore Woods. $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Lecture & Field Trip Package: $20 members; $30 nonmembers.

April 27th ESF Students Step Out: Spectacular Spring Saturday, 11am-12 noon for adults; 1-2pm for families; 2:30-3:30 pm for children
The Natural History and Interpretive Program at SUNY ESF will sponsor programs for children, families and adults lead by the newest generation of naturalists. Visit baltimorewoods.org in April for more details. Call to register. Donations appreciated.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108. Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays. The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun. Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information.

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