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 sightings, landscape shots, photos from your outings, and even you organization's events!

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By definition, a weed is any plant growing where you don’t want it. To a plant, having “weed” embedded right in its name is probably akin to having a “Kick Me” sign on your back. The native plant commonly known as jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is one of those exceptions. A succulent plant that thrives in rich moist soils, it is nearly always welcome no matter where it is found.

Do you know a tree suffering from mulch volcanoes? Banking mulch around the trunk of a tree can cause severe detrimental health effects to our beloved shade trees. Learn why in the latest piece by Paul Hetzler, Horticultural Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County.

Here at Nature Up North we hear a lot of questions about wildlife and the outdoors. Do porcupines really shoot their quills? Will ticks fall on you from trees? What does it mean to be blind as a bat? To answer these questions, here are six common misconceptions about nature and the truth behind them!

Lyme disease cases have been on the rise in the North Country over the past decade, and many questions remain about environmental factors that influence its spread. In Part Two of our Lyme disease series, we explore the idea that a diverse community of forest animals may actually reduce the risk of human infection. We’ll examine research that suggests that mice aren’t nice, deer may be falsely accused, opossums are our protectors, and what it...

It's about that time of year to begin harvesting fruits for jams and desserts. From July through September, bramble bushes across the North Country will be loaded with red raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries. You may have no trouble recognizing these berries as edible, but can you tell the difference?

Are you a teacher interested in incorporating more nature and place-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content? Nature Up North is offering a workshop for local teachers on August 4th and 5th.

The cattail is truly a wonder of nature. From edible pollen flour to insulation to wastewater treatment, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Horticulturalist Paul Hetzler explores the many uses of this common wetland plant.

Letterboxing is a treasure hunt that anyone can participate in by looking online for clues, hearing about a box by word of mouth or running into one by accident. A letterbox is a small hidden container holding a unique stamp and log book that can be found using a "map" or clues. This fun outdoor hobby dates back to 1854 in Dartmoor National Park, though it really picked up in the United States in the late 1990s. Explore outdoors and start...

There is no lack of access to cameras these days. Many of the electronic devices we carry on our person, including smart phones and tablets, have some sort of camera built into them. If you’re a hobbyist like myself, you may find it hard to rationalize spending the money on equipment that you may never use. For the longest time, I felt limited by the equipment I had until I took a step back and discovered what I could do with a little more...

Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country: everyone seems to know someone (or maybe you are someone) who has suffered from it. How do we explain the uptick in Lyme disease cases? This is the first in a four-part series in which we’ll explore what we know – and don’t know – about how our environment, and our behavior, influence Lyme disease risk. In Part One we’ll discuss the vector for the disease: the blacklegged tick.

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?