Wednesday August 5, 1pm
Snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders of the area will be the topic for exploration. Join Naturalist Jim DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Angelo to discover and learn the truth about their beneficial behavior in their landscape. We will also discuss how you can make your landscape friendly for these unique creatures. The program is ideal for kids with a parent as well as anyone with an interest in herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians.
Come Fly a Kite
Kite flying is an enjoyable activity for all ages and was even used by Benjamin Franklin as part of a science experiment. So come and test the breeze off Lake Ontario as well as your skill at kite flying. Bring your own, use one of ours or make a simple and easy to fly kite to take home with you,
Perseids Meteor Shower w/ Bill Irwin
Friday August 14, 9pm
Come out away from the lights and enjoy natureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fireworks with Bill Irwin and members of Stars Over Sterling, (our amateur astronomy group), to watch and enjoy one of the best meteor showers of the year. Keep in mind that clouds or other conditions may obstruct viewing of the night sky. Please bring a lawn chair or something else to sit on.
Geocaching for beginners 10am
Meet & Greet Noon
Saturday August 15
Would you like to get involved in the worldwide phenomenon of Geocaching? The program will introduce you to geocaching as well as: what is a cache, proper caching etiquette, a warning about muggles and other geocaching terminology will be covered. Please bring your GPS unit with you if you have one. We will have a very limited number of GPS units to share if you do not have one but would like to see what all the geoching excitement is about. We will hunt for a few sample caches set up for the program. After the Beginners program there will be a geocaching meet and greet with a special cache to find, maybe a Micro-challenge or a wetland puzzle.
FOSNC 10th Annual Pig Roast
Noon to 4pm Sunday August 16
Join the Friends of the Sterling Nature Center for their 10th annual Pig Roast at the Sterling Nature Center for good food, good music, a good time and of course good Friends. The proceeds of this year’s Pig Roast will be used to help construct an observation platform on the edge of Dragonfly Pond.
Meet a Tree w/ Connie Cosmento
Wednesday Aug 19, 1pm
Join Connie Cosmento to learn more about the trees of the woodlands around you. Choose a tree at the Sterling Nature Center then get close and personal. Measure the girth, the height and the crown. Classify your tree, make a bark rubbing, dry a leaf and take your entire tree story home with you. Tips on how to care for trees will also be discussed. Materials provided.
Owls: Rulers of the Night
Wednesday August 26, 8pm
We end our summer Wednesday Wildlife series with the popular and fascinating summer owl prowl. Discover how owls rule the night by exploring their adaptations, hunting skills, where they roost and how to find them. We will then take a stroll through the night in search of the interesting and elusive predators.
23rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday September 12, 11am-1pm
Think globally and act locally in 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 SocietyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 13.
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.