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 sighting, favorite trails, great place for locally-grown foods and even your events.

Go to full Encounters Map

View Nature Encounters Map

     Feet spread, body tilted back, two hands on the rope, eyes squinting up through the sun.  I can barely see, but I can’t turn away and I can’t drop the rope, even though my arms are burning and I can feel the rope about to slip through my friction-burnt gloves.  The growl of the chainsaw revs down, the branch swings free and I slowly begin to lower it.  I grab the tips of the branch just as it reaches the ground and backtrack quickly,...

It may be hard to fathom, but we didn't always use chemicals to dye fabrics.  For thousands of years people used plants, roots and berries to dye cotton, muslin, linen, silk and other fabrics.  These days we can pop into a store and buy a rainbow of...

Not everyone agrees that smartphones have a place in the outdoors. For me, the trick is to use smartphone apps in the outdoors that will enhance the experience, not to become the experience.

Because my name is Heron, I have had occasion to notice a lack of knowledge regarding this common ...

            What is a better way to kick off the summer and the 4th of July weekend than by planning a family camping trip or cookout?  However, no camping trip is complete without roasting s’mores!    Yet, most of us probably don’t think about where that firewood for our campfire came from or what might be in it.  If you’ve ever taken a...

I was standing in my back yard today, looking around at all the grass that needed mowing, when I had a rather absurd thought: “If only humans could eat grass, we wouldn’t need to mow our lawns at all!”  Now, if you have ever tried to eat grass, perhaps when you were in grade school (like I did), you will know that it doesn’t taste very good.  Alright, it does have a slight sweetness to it that isn’t entirely unpleasant, but it also has the...

On May 15th, over 60 fifth grade students and students from Colton-Pierrepont, St.

 Self-expressions through explorations of our five senses in nature

The celebration of Mother Earth, although undoubtedly something that should be practiced every day, is made official this Tuesday with Earth Day. This international holiday was first held on April 22nd 1970 and was the result of a campaign for clearer, cleaner air.

Nature Up North is a community-based organization that is mobilizing to get northern New Yorkers outdoors and experiencing nature. This website is a place for you to share your experiences in the natural world through keen observation, artistic inspiration and scientific data collection. As Nature Up North continues to grow this will also be a space where you can access a variety of resources to aid your exploration of the North Country and all it has to offer.
It's just our Nature. What's yours?