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Upcoming Events At Sterling Nature Center

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Flowers of Field and Forest w/ Don Cox
September 6, 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. The program is free and open to the public open to the public.

Nature Night
Friday September 12, 6-8pm
Talk a hike, watch the sunset or moonrise, have a picnic, or view the exhibits inside the interpretive building during our end of summer Nature Night. The interpretive building will be open this evening from 6pm to 8pm. At 8pm there will be a naturalist guide walk to observe the wetlands, woodlands and fields by the light of the Moon. Whooo knows what we might see or hear along the way, beaver, owl, deer or other creatures of the night.

By the light of the Moon Walk
Friday September 12, 8pm
Take a naturalist guide walk to observe the wetlands, woodlands and fields by the light of the Moon. Whooo knows what we might see or hear along the way, beaver, owl, deer or other creatures of the night.

Annual International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday September 13, 11am-1pm
Here is your chance to think globally and act locally in the support of our environment!!! Join the Sterling Nature Center in cleaning up the lakeshore, streams and wetlands along Lake Ontario. If you can not make it to the Sterling Nature Center then visit the American Littoral Society’s website, www.alsnyc.org, or call 1-800-449-0790 to find other beach cleanups throughout the state.   Annually, over 7,000 volunteers clean and documented about a quarter million pounds of debris across NYS. At SNC we collect over 200 pounds of litter along our 2 miles of shoreline with the help of volunteers like you   Refreshments will be provided after the work is done. Rain Date Sunday Sept 14.

Fall Jamboree
September 20 & 21
Visit the Friends of Sterling Nature Center’s food both at Ontario Orchard’s Jamboree to show your support of the nature center. All proceeds from the food both are re-invested into the programs and facilities of the Sterling Nature Center.

Cayuga Naturally 2008 Photo Contest
All entries must be received by 10-08-08
Cayuga County is a diverse and wonderful place filled with nature’s best from the shore of Lake Ontario to the heart of the Finger Lakes. Capture your favorite place for hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting or other outdoor activity as well as the beauty of the streams, lakes, trees, wildflowers, birds, animals and other aspects of nature. All photos must be taken within Cayuga County between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 and be of nature related subjects. For official entry form send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: SNC Photo, PO Box 216 Sterling NY, 13156 or print one off our website at www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark/.

Apple Pressing
October 11
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. New this year an – Apple Cook Off – bring in your favorite apple dish to be tasted and judged. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote getters, for details and contest requirements send a SSAE to SNC PO Box 216 Sterling NY 13156. A special THANK YOU goes to Ontario Orchards of Oswego for supplying the apples for pressing.

Photo Contest Awards Reception
Saturday October 18 1-3pm
An informal reception will be held to reveal and honor the 2008 Cayuga Naturally Photo Contest winners. There will also be a presentation of awards and prizes taking place at 2pm.

Nature Night
Friday October 24 at 6-8pm
Talk a hike, watch the sunset or moonrise, have a picnic, or view the exhibits inside the interpretive building during our spooky Nature Night. The interpretive building will be open this evening from 6pm to 8pm. At 8pm there will be a Spooky Stories in the Night program.

Stories in the Night
Friday October 24 at 8pm
A reading of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow will take place by lantern light at the nature center. The reading will be accompanied by other spooky stories that are appropriate for children and adults. Please bring a battery operated lantern or flashlight to help set the mood. Refreshments will be available; the program is free and open to the public. The interpretive building will open