Beaver Lake Nature Center
Plunge into the world of Beaver Lake Nature Center...
Located just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, New York, in Baldwinsville, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails and over 400 annual programs. A rich mix of habitats creates the possibility of seeing more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.
Beaver Lake features winding trails that are designed to be enjoyed in all seasons. The 200 acre glacial lake is a migratory stop for thousands of Canada geese that migrate through, as well as an opportunity for summertime exploration by canoe.
Click here for the Beaver Lake Program/Event Calendar
Click here for information about Beaver Lake's Trails
Click here for the 11th Annual Beaver Lake Photo Contest Application
Camp Beaver Lake 2013 - Registration Now Open
Click here to download application & schedule
Campers will enjoy bug collecting, pond dipping, nature crafts, games and naturalist-led walks
Discoverers (K-1st grades) Nature Discovery • Hiking • Fun Crafts • Nature Games
Explorers (2nd-3rd grades) Guided Nature Walks • Challenge Course • GPS and Compass
Adventurers (4th-5th grades) Canoe Instruction and Tours • Nature Study • Lake Walk
Earth Keepers (6th-7th grades) Nature Observation • Kayak Lessons • Overnight Campout
Time to start planning!
36th Annual Golden Harvest Festival
Become a part of the amazing team of volunteers that make Beaver Lake Nature Center the special place that it is. All ages & abilities welcome.
Don't miss out on the monthly Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter. Each issue is filled with fascinating seasonal information and unique classroom activities.
Join our mailing list today, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Teacher Newsletter" in the subject line. (You may wish to use your personal email address, since Constant Contact, our email marketing software provider, is blocked by some district servers.) For more information about school group programs, click here.
Birthday Parties...Available Year Round!
Natural Birthday Parties at Beaver Lake are parties with a purpose and seasonally appropriate themes for children ages 5-12. Choose from topics such as Snowshoeing in Search of Wildlife Clues (Winter); Maple Sugaring (March); Exploring Life in a Pond (May-September); Turtles and Hawks and Owl (Year Round). The two hour party includes a guided walk and critter talk (except during Maple Sugaring) and allows for cake and present time.
Cost is $80 per group. Call for details and to schedule your next party.
To foster local and global stewardship of nature through diverse recreational and educational opportunities that enhance visitors' awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the natural world.
Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center. In addition, bikes are not allowed on the trails.
Open Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas;
Trails open 7:30 am - call for closing time
Visitor Center & Restrooms open 8 am - call for closing time
Special Early Opening at 7 am, a perfect time for bird watching & nature study, May 6 - September 2
$3 per car • $15 per bus
Free for Friends of Beaver Lake
During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.