Looking for adventure? Mt. Arab, in southern St. Lawrence County, offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks from its summit fire tower. Visit our trails page to learn more about local hiking opportunities.

**contest closed -- winning submissions will be announced by October 1st, 2017**

We are once again hosting our annual calendar contest for nature photos that will be featured in our 2018 wall calendar. These photos can be wildlife sightings, landscapes, sunsets, waterfalls, game camera pics, or photos from any outdoor adventure - hiking, fishing, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, gardening, hunting, birding - you name it! The grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to ACE Hardware (redeemable at multiple North Country ACE True Value locations), and their winning entry photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2018 calendar. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate to the TAUNY North Country Folkstore in downtown Canton. All individuals… Read more ...

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) Photo: Flickr Creative Commons, Marshal Hedin Just Our Nature

Carnivorous oysters are lurking about in the North Country, and residents who venture into the woods are advised to carry butter and a skillet at all times. Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, native wood-decaying fungi often found on dead and dying hardwoods, are delectable when sautéed in butter. Maybe hikers should carry a few cloves of garlic and a press as well. It’s good to be prepared.

Layers of shale and limestone at Whitaker Falls. Photo: Helen Eifert Just Our Nature

Have you ever thought about what the earth was like millions of years ago? It’s hard to imagine the world before we were born, let alone before the human species existed. But if the history of our planet was represented by a single 24 hour day, the presence of modern humans would only be equivalent to less than 4 seconds. What do you think Earth will look like in another million years?

Teachers learn to monitor water quality In the Schools

I attended the Nature Up North Summer Workshop to find new ways to incorporate nature and to enhance my Nuts About Nature after school program. After two days of information overload and field experience, I was able to map out an entire school year of nature programs and activities!

Visiting Heritage Park to take Encounter photos In the Schools

Let the adventure begin! Once again the NUN crew delivered on their promise to provide relevant and engaging environmental education activities to our area teachers. This year's group of teachers included some veteran's of the NUN program and a couple of newcomers. Participants were engaged throughout the two day workshop in activities such as an Encounter walk at Heritage park, MOWing the Grasse River, Meeting Trees and Monitoring Maples.

2017 Calendar Cover Just Our Nature


**contest closed -- winning submissions will be announced by October 1st, 2017**


Calling all North Country nature photographers!

Events Up North

September 27, 2017

Join Joel every Wednesday starting September 27 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a guided hike on our trails.

September 30, 2017

Nature Up North and the St. Lawrence Sustainability Program invite you to an afternoon of back-to-back nature walks presented by a naturalists and professors at St.