Beaver Lake Nature Center

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.

Our Mission:

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.


BC3Volunteers Wanted...

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.

Download the Volunteer Interest Form or call the Nature Center for more information.


newsletterscreenshotAttention Teachers:

Don't miss out on the monthly Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter. Each issue is filled with fascinating seasonal information and unique classroom activities.

Download a recent edition of the newsletter.

Join our mailing list today, send your email address to 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.


Beaver Lake Nature Center

  • Birthday Parties

    Birthday Parties

    bdayphotoNatural 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 $100 per group ($80 for Friends of Beaver Lake members.) Call (315) 638-2519 or email for details and to schedule your next party.

  • Canoeing / Kayaking

    Canoeing / Kayaking

    Enjoy a leisurely paddle on your own across Beaver Lake. Explore the lake’s edge and search for beaver lodges, turtles, herons, and osprey. Rental is on a first-come basis. Since Beaver Lake Nature Center reserves the right to close the lake at any time, especially during hazardous weather, please call for current information. Click here for current program dates.

  • Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Beaver Lake offers 7 miles of ski trails. All ski trails are rated easy with the exception of the Three Meadows Trail which is rated moderate. Trails are one way on weekends. Please note: Beaver Lake does not rent skis, you need to bring your own.

    • Lake Loop Trail 3.0 miles (4.8 kms)
    • Deep Woods Trail 1.4 miles (2.3kms)
    • Woodland Trail 1.1 miles (1.7 kms)
    • Three Meadows Trail 1.5 miles (2.4 kms)
    • Pine Meadow Trail 0.5 miles (multiple use)

    Cross-Country Ski Lessons are available by appointment only and you must bring your own skis. Call (315) 638-2519 for more information.

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

    While you are at the Center, browse Beaver Lake's Gift Shop, inspired by nature.  You'll find educational toys & books, plush animals, decorative accessories, jewelry,  t-shirts, hats and mugs, seasonal items such as maple syrup and more.  We're a wonderful resource for teachers, parents and grandparents!  We have something for all ages.

  • Nature Programs

    Nature Programs

    Beaver Lake Nature Center offers close to 400 nature programs and workshops a year, including guided birdwalks, classes on tree identification and guided canoe tours. Click here for a complete list of all programs and events.

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

    Extend your visit by having a picnic at one of the many sites at the Nature Center.  No fires or grills of any kind are permitted at the Nature Center.

  • Rentals: Boats

    Rentals: Boats

    Canoes and kayaks are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 per hour. Click here for current date information.

  • Rentals: Snowshoes

    Rentals: Snowshoes

    Snowshoe rentals are $5 per hour, weather permitting. Rentals are available from 9am-3:30pm, snowshoes must be returned by 4 pm.

  • School/Group Tours

    School/Group Tours

    The standard tour takes a discovery approach with the guide introducing a wide variety of plant/ animal interactions in the forest and bog communities.  Click here for more information.

  • Snowshoeing


    Snowshoers can enjoy 3 separate trails, the Northern Exposure (1.4 miles) & the Southern Exposure (2.2 miles.) While the Southern has more hilly spots, the Northern offers a flatter trail and both go through open fields and wooded areas. The Pine Meadow Trail (0.5 miles) is also available to snowshoers.

    Take the Try Snowshoeing clinic offered on Sundays in January & February at 12:30pm for $5 per person. Folks with little or no snowshoe experience will especially enjoy this one-hour introduction. Registration is required beginning at 8am on the day of the clinic, call (315) 638-2519.

    Weekend Guided Walks are offered year round every Saturday & Sunday. In December the topic is Winter Wildlife Homes and in January & February the topic is Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes. The program is free with park admission. Registration is required beginning at 8am on the day of the January & February walks, call (315) 638-2519.

    Snowshoe rentals are $5 per hour. Rentals are available from 9am-3:30pm, snowshoes must be returned by 4 pm.

  • Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Over 9 miles of maintained walking trails across gentle and varied terrain invite you to restore your connection to the earth. Beaver Lake's 600 natural acres are the perfect setting for family fun or solitary renewal. Click here for more information.

  • Wellness Programs

    Wellness Programs

    Several programs occur throughout the year at Beaver Lake including:

    T'ai Chi Chih
    This 8 week session of T'ai Chi Chih benefits body, mind and spirit. This short (20 movement) simple form of T'ai Chi can be taught to anyone of any age. Click here for current program dates.

    Walking & Yoga
    A great class for complete wellness, each five-week session will lead you on a path to a healthy lifestyle for body, mind and spirit. Class will begin with 30 minutes of walking followed by 60 minutes of yoga poses. Click here for current program dates.

    Wellness Walking Group
    Meet for a morning exercise walk on the trails around Beaver Lake. The group walks a few miles, either combining different trails or taking the 3 mile Lake Loop. Afterward, stay and visit over coffee.
    Every Monday and Wednesday, year round. April-November 9am; December-March 10am.

Beaver Lake Nature Center

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

Beaver Lake Nature Center

$4 per car • $20 per bus
Free for Friends of Beaver Lake - Click here for membership information

Free Admission for Veterans and Active Military for one vehicle/car.
Present military I.D., Onondaga County FAVOR card, discharge papers or another form of official military identification at the Front Desk. Not valid during special events.

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Park Office
8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

T: (315) 638-2519