Upcoming Events

Birds, Blossoms, & Bugs Hike  May 16th, 2021 9am

Please note the date change to Sunday.

This hike is an IRLC favorite. All three B’s deserve our attention after a long winter. Join us in observing and celebrating the wildlife and plantlife of our region.

Dr. Tom Langen, Clarkson University, will lead this hike and spots will fill up quickly, so sign up soon!

Sign up here.

Vernal Pool Hike  May 22, 2021 10am

Vernal pools are a valuable and increasingly threatened ecosystem. These depressions in the landscape are filled with water in the springtime and are a very important habitat and breeding ground for many species. Get your hands wet looking for frogs, toads, salamanders, and other creatures at Baker Woods Preserve. Great for all ages!

Sign up here.

Summer Science Series Life in a Shell: Conservation Efforts for North Country Turtles  June 3, 2021 6pm @ Redwood Hill Preserve

The Indian River Lakes Region is home to the unique, but endangered, Blanding’s Turtle. Glenn Johnson, Chair of the Biology Department at Potsdam University, will talk about conservation efforts being undertaken and what you can do to protect these beautiful creatures. Live turtles will be the stars of this presentation! Read more about Glenn’s work here.

Format will be in-person at the Trailside Learning Classroom, Redwood Hill Preserve. A zoom option may become available – check back.

Summer Science Series Dock & Shoreline Invaders: ID & Management  June 10, 2021  6pm

SLELO PRISM and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation will cohost this event with IRLC.

This presentation will take place over zoom. Find out more and Sign up here.

“Floating Classroom” Invasive & Native Aquatic Plant Identification Event  June 12, 2021  9am, 10am, or 11am

SLELO PRISM will be our cohost for this in-person event at Millsite Lake. 

Sign up here. Please plan on attending June 10th’s summer science series presentation for background information.

Summer Science Series Floods and Forcings: Chronicling Glacial Lake Iroquois Floods and their Potential Climate Impacts   June 24, 2021  6pm

Simon Pendelton, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and his team of 7 are researching the glacial lake history of the region from Gouverneur to the St. Lawrence River using modern lake sediment cores. Hear about this team’s field work and the scientific modeling that will serve to capture the glacial and landscape evolution of our region.

Format will by Zoom or Hybrid with an opportunity to attend in person at the Trailside Learning Classroom. Sign up here.

Also Mark Your Calendars

Summer Science Series will continue on July 8th, August 12th & 26th

These nature talks keep our conservation-minded friends abreast of topics of concern in our local area. Stay tuned for the line-up of this summer’s speakers. We hope to see you all in our Trailside Learning Classroom this summer, and attendance via Zoom may also be available.

Eurasian Watermilfoil Strike Force

This summer, lake residents who are battling Eurasian Watermilfoil around their docks or shorelines in shallow water can send a photo to our volunteer task force to request our Strike Force to pull plants at their site. If you are interested in helping with weed-pulling or you need help with invasive weeds near your home, fill out this form.

Project WHIRL Summer Learning Course (age 14-18)  July 14th – August 25th

Project WHIRL (Protectors of Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes) is a program that brings together Environmental professionals and college-age mentors to expand high-schoolers understanding of what it means to study and work in the environmental field. We have some amazing restoration projects this summer and students will get hands-on experience working to protect, restore, and manage our water resources.

Interested in learning more about our WHIRL program, sign up here for more information and to receive notification when our summer intensive program registration opens.

Redwood Hill Kids’ Nature Camp (ages 3-12)  July 13th – 15th

This camp consists of three days of Environmental Education in the woods of Redwood Hill! Students will complete hands-on projects, play games, and learn concepts around land and water protection.

Interested in learning more about our Kids’ Nature Camp, sign up here to receive the registration information when it becomes available.

Celebration of the Lakes  July 24th, 2021

Our annual gala will feature live music by Funkadelphia, Bella Brooke Vineyards Wine Tastings, Dinosaur BBQ, and a silent auction to be held at the beautiful Bella Brooke Vineyard near Black Lake.

The band will set up on the back porch, and an outdoor tent will give guests the choice to hang out outside or eat in the banquet hall. This year’s event is outdoor, casual, and fun. Bring your favorite outdoor chair or plan to dance – either way it will be a good time!

Please come to support conservation, preservation, and environmental education in the Indian River Lakes Region! To become a sponsor or donate items to the auction, please reach out to Development Chair, George Kabel, at gkabel@indianriverlakes.org.

Tickets can be purchased starting July 1st.

IRLC Water Quality Conference  August 27th, 2021

Save the date for our annual conference. We will once again bring together thought leaders on topics important to our Lake Associations and others who care about the water quality of the Indian River and surrounding lakes.  

For early bird registration, click here. Lunch is included in the registration fee. The event will take place at Redwood Hill Preserve.

Show your Love for the Indian River Lakes Region!

Becoming a member of the IRLC helps protect your favorite places! Your membership dollars go toward protecting land, forests, clean water and clean air for everyone.  Year after year we work to make open spaces available to the public, to help keep our lakes clean, to educate our youth, and to protect our iconic and wondrous wildlife. Make a difference in your life as well as the lives future generations. Help keep the Indian River Lakes Region a pristine landscape!

Click here to become a member.


Did you miss a presentation? See it on IRLC’s YouTube Channel

Recordings of speakers’ presentations are available on our YouTube channel.


Visit our Facebook page for wonderful photos of our past events, including our Hikes, Nature Walks, Summer Moonlight Paddle, and Celebration of Lakes.

You can help support our programs year-round by making a donation or becoming a member today. Click here for our easy online donation form, or call us at 315-482-4757 for more information. Our members make land conservation, education, and outdoor fun possible for the whole community. Thank you!

You can also keep in touch with us by adding your name to our list. You’ll receive monthly newsletters by email and three publications about the Indian River Lakes Region by mail each year. We look forward to connecting with you!