Sterling Nature Center Events

Fall Flowers w/ Don Cox
Saturday September 26, 1pm
After a brief indoor slide presentation, join Don Cox to explore the fields and woods at Sterling Nature Center in a guided trail walk to identify wildflowers. Learn to identify poisonous, edible, and mood altering plants common in Central New York.

Household Hazardous Waste Event
October 3, 2009
Go to cayuganet.org/hazwaste or call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County at (315) 255-1183 for more information. You must have an appointment for this event.

Poetry Coffeehouse
Sunday, October 4 at 4 pm
The Sterling Nature Center’s Sunday Coffee House is hosting its fall poetry reading. The afternoon will include readings by regional poets, an open reading, refreshments and poetic pastries. The program is free and open to the public. For more information contact the center at 947-6143; Charlie Itzin 315-947-5522; or Jim Pangborn, 315-564-6643.

Cayuga Naturally 2009 Photo Contest
Entries due by October 7, 2009.
All photos must be taken within Cayuga County and be of a nature related subjects. For official entry form send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: SNC Photo, PO Box 216 Sterling NY, 13156 or download one at http://cayuganet.org/sterlingpark/center/photocontestentry2009.pdf. All entries are due at the nature center or must be postmarked by October 7, 2009.

Apple Pressing
Saturday October 17, 10am – 1pm
Join us in creating apple cider the old fashion way with a people powered fruit press. Help, wash, grind, press, pasteurize and best of all taste fresh apple cider. While going through the process we will discuss the history of apples, apple product, the apple growing industry and the many different varieties of apples. Back by popular demand – take a taste test of over a dozen different varieties of apples grown by local orchards and place your vote for your favorite. A special THANK YOU to Ontario Orchards for supplying the apples for pressing and tasting.

Cayuga Naturally Photo Contest Winners Unveiled
Saturday October 17, 1pm
The winning entries of the Cayuga Naturally Photograph contest will be unveiled today with a presentation of awards and prizes taking place at 1pm.

Nature Writers
w/ Jim Pangborn
Saturday October 24, 1pm
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs. English Professor Jim Pangborn will conduct a presentation on nature writers. The genre is a fascinating one for those interested in nature, philosophy, writing or those looking to expand there horizons. For those interested in becoming or improving their writing or nature writing Jim will also be conducting a ‘Become a Nature Writer’ program on November 21. This program is free and open to the public.

Wetland Wildlife
Saturday November 7, 1pm
How many heron nests are in the rookery? What is using the wetland now that most of the herons have left? Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a nice fall hike out to the rookery and a look at the autumn wetland with the leaves off the trees we can get a better look at the entire wetland. Who is using it now that the herons have headed south, are the osprey and eagles of summer still there or the migrating wood ducks and other waterfowl? Come out and discover what fascinating things are taking place at the rookery wetland this autumn.