Snow has fallen, squirrels are digging into their stores, and snowshoe hares are advertising white winter coats. It's winter in the North Country. What do you love about getting outside this time of year? 

Photo: Oswegatchie River, Gail M. Thomas.

Jewelweed in flower, many green vine-y leaves with small yellow flowers. Just Our Nature

Encouraging people to make friends with wild plants can be a challenge. Sometimes there are genuine concerns. Nettles, as an example, make an early-spring cooked green par excellence, even though its fresh leaves and stems have stinging hairs that can cause an uncomfortable, if temporary, rash if care is not taken when harvesting it.

First snow of the season on Bear Mountain in Cranberry Lake. Photo: Bill Hill. Just Our Nature

Weather modeling has become quite a big deal in recent years, with meteorologists falling all over themselves to report what the latest models say. It sounds like a fun job, and I am trying to find out how to apply for a position. No doubt I could model categories like “large stationary front” or “high pressure system” pretty well. If it involves appearing in a swimsuit, though, forget it.

Calendar cover photo, featuring orange fungi on a mossy background. Just Our Nature

We are pleased to announce that 2018 Nature Up North calendars are on sale now through January!  The printed calendar features some of our favorite photos shared by community members as Encounters on in the past year.  They also feature Nature Notes highlighting seasonal wildlife behavior to look for each month.  

Monarch butterfly Just Our Nature

When it comes to personal growth, the Wicked Witch of the West had the right idea. Quite possibly she got it from monarch butterflies, which must exist in Oz, since they are found worldwide except for polar regions. Many times, a rearrangement of the self-image we have come to know is needed to achieve our fullest potential. In my experience this is always hard, and seldom is it voluntary.

7th graders at Norwood-Norfolk Central School walk out of the woods after a lesson on nature observation with Nature Up North this September In the Schools

A student shouts— “This one! This one’s ours!” and runs back for a measuring tape. She and her partner have found their assigned maple tree on the school lawn, and are about to record seasonal observations for the first of many weeks this fall. The student, a 7th grader at Norwood-Norfolk Middle School, is participating in Monitor My Maple - one of several citizen science initiatives at Nature Up North.

Events Up North

February 03, 2018

The ICNC hosts a wonderful array of interesting animals and fauna throughout the year.

February 09, 2018

Nature Up North is excited to bring you the Canton Cardboard Sled Race as the first of three events in the Canton Winterfest 2018 Winter Olympics! The event will be held at the Canton Pavilion on F

March 01, 2018

Friends of Higley Flow generously maintain ski and snowshoe trails at Higley Flow State Park throughout the winter. The park is open from 8:00 until 4:00 daily, and the lodge is open until 3:30.