2020 Events

Project WHIRL     Tuesdays, July 7th – August 18th, 2020

Project WHIRL is IRLC’s signature environmental education program for teens.  Learn about watershed management, aquatic resources, and invasive species management.  This program is no cost.  The platform has been adjusted for social distancing.

Baker Woods Kids’ Nature Camp Kit Pick-up    August 11th, 2020  9am – 1pm

The IRLC is working to put together Kids’ Camp Kits that contain activities and tools for exploring nature.  Work through the explorer’s guidebook on our Baker Woods Preserve Trails at your own pace with your family, and share your adventures and observations in our Facebook group!

Register here.

Kate Cleary, “Genetics and the Movement of Wildlife Populations” via Zoom    August 13th, 2020    6pm

Kate Cleary, St. Lawrence University Professor, will join us to tell the story of how scientists in our area have been using genetic methods to track movements of animals from moose, to fishers, to boreal birds. There are some really fascinating examples of animals previously extirpated from a region coming back and recolonizing on their own, and genetic approaches are really the only way to tell us where those colonizing populations came from. Genetic approaches can also help tell us when we need to “genetically rescue” an isolated or endangered species like the spruce grouse.

Register here.

Nina Schoch, “Loons and their Habitats” via Zoom   August 27th, 2020    6pm

Nina Schoch, ADK Center for Loon Conservation, is an IRLC favorite presenter.  She will be back this summer to discuss new projects and old concerns in the work of conserving loons.

Register here.

Nature Meditation     September 11th, 2020    9am  

Our Trailside Learning Center is a hand-build, octagonal building where you can close your eyes and hear the wind rustle through the tops of the leaves and birds talk to each other while you free your mind. During this meditation, focusing on the rapture of nature will bring you back to the feeling of being at home, grounded and connected to our natural environment.  Take this time to surrender and to bring your peace to all of nature’s creatures – large and small.

Register here. Limited seating.

Fall Family Fun Day     September 19th, 2020    1pm – 4pm  

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Fall amid the trees at Redwood Hill.  This event is fun for all ages.  We host autumn games and crafts in our Trailside Learning Center.  Interpretive walks focus on changing leaves and the activities of critters and plants in the fall.  Don’t forget to wear your favorite plaid flannel for a chance to win a prize. Oh, and there’s homemade pie for everyone, served up with whipped cream and hot apple cider!

Register here.

Autumn Hike @ Grand Lake Reserve     October 10th, 2020    9am – 1pm 

Grand Lake Reserve offers spectacular views of fall foliage.  This hike, for adults and older children, starts at Parking Lot 2 and heads down our Butterfield Landing Trail all the way to Butterfield Lake. Old lead mines are visible near the end of the trail.  We will take the Eagle Marsh Trail back, and search for birds and signs of other wildlife along the way. Geological formations along this hike hold interesting stories of the past.

Register here.  Limited spaces available.

Recordings of earlier 2020 events are available on our YouTube channel.