Outdoor Events Archive




Help us make a difference at our annual clean-up of Southwick Beach

Southwick Beach / Creative Commons
Southwick Beach / Creative Commons
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Rte 3
Henderson, NY, 10301

Meet at Southwick Beach at 10 am. Identify yourself as a volunteer for free admission and get directions to the meet place. All bags a truck will be furnished. You might like to bring gloves. As usual we will keep a loose inventory of items. Questions? Rain date? Call Rich at 315-298-3130 or David at 315-876-0355 for updates.





Walk the Camillus Forest Unique Area

Camillus Forest Unique Area, photo by Jared Brickman
Camillus Forest Unique Area
photo by Jared Brickman
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Thompson Rd.
Camillus, NY 13031

Back by popular demand! Join us for a walk in this 40-acre forest dominated by magnificent old sugar maples and American beech. At nearly two centuries old, it’s one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York.

The parking lot is on Thompson Rd., one tenth of a mile south of NYS Rte. 173.



Explore Cicero Swamp, Long Island

Cicero Swamp, photo provided by Jess Riddle, Eastern Native Tree Society
Photo provided by Jess Riddle
Eastern Native Tree Society
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

6646 Island Rd.
Cicero, NY 13212

Join us for a walk through this unique wetland habitat that supports a variety of wildlife, including populations of endangered species such as the short eared owl. Rubber boots are recommended.

We'll meet in the parking area on Island Rd between Northern Blvd & Fergerson Rd. From the intersection of Thompson Rd., Northern Blvd. and Island Rd., go east 1.65 miles. There is a small parking area on the right; some cars will need to park roadside.

Questions or problems? Call David Fischer at 315.876.0355 (Cell) meetup



Winter Robins at the Rand Tract

Rand Tract photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group

Sunday, February 7, 2016   2:00 - 4:00 PM

Rand Tract Park
Webster Pond
Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY, 13201

Join us as we explore this 97-acre natural area that includes Webster Pond and Kimber Brook, as well as wetlands and hardwood forests. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot the American Robins that stay in CNY all winter long! Led by our own David W. Fischer. 

Directions: Take Valley Dr. (NYS Rte. 80) south, passing Webster's Pond and St. Paul's Church, which are both on the right. Turn right into the first cemetery entrance (not the barn entrance driveway) and drive straight back and park along the edge of the woods. Look for Sierra Club sign.




Enjoy the First Day of 2016 with a Walk at Clark Reservation

Clark Reservation photo by Sierra CLub, Iroquois Group
Clark Reservation
photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Friday, January 1, 2016, 1 PM

Meet at the large pavilion at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville. We will have a choice of walks from slow and easy to move it along. Meet at the nature center afterwards for hot drinks and snacks. Holiday snacks welcome.





Erie Canal Park

Butternut Creek Aqueduct, photo by David Barber, americancanals.com
Butternut Creek Aqueduct
photo by David Barber/American Canals
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Butternut Dr.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Join us for a winter walk with a focus on the Butternut Creek Aqueduct. Built in 1856, the aqueduct is 80 feet long, has three spans, and is a popular spot for photographs. Park/meet at the first parking lot, just 500 feet north of Kinne Road, on Butternut Drive, DeWitt.


Charlie Major Nature Trail (Train Buffs Welcome)

Charlie Major Nature Trail/Russ Nelson, Creative Commons
Charlie Major Nature Trail
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 2:00 PM

Charlie Major Nature Trail
Skaneateles, NY 13152

The Charlie Major Nature Trail is a natural and historic trail that runs along Skaneateles Creek. We’ll spot remnants of the Skaneateles Short Line Railroad as we take a leisurely walk down memory lane. Meet at the parking area in Mottville, at Crow Hill Road and Frost Street.



Labrador Hollow Unique Area & Tinker Falls

Boardwalk to Labrador Pond photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking, cnyhiking.com
Boardwalk to Labrador Pond
photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking
Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Parking area off Labrador Crossroad
Tully, NY 13159

This fascinating and beautiful landscape is full of diverse wildlife and rare plant life, but it’s the topography - formed over 10,000 years ago by massive ice sheets - that gives this hollow its character. We’ll wander the trails and work our way to Tinker Falls. Park/meet at the main parking area, just north of the pond off Labrador Crossroad. Need help finding us? Call David at 315-876-0355.



Oneida Shores Outing

photo provided by Hannah Secord Wade, See / Swim
Oneida Shores
photo by Hannah Wade, See/Swim
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 2:00 PM

Oneida Shores Park
9400 Bartell Rd.
Brewerton, NY 13029

There’s more to Oneida Shores than water and sand. Join us for an easy walk as we explore some of the park’s nature trails. We may find a mushroom or two this time of year, and there just may be an expert along to identify them!!



JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Photo provided by ArtRage.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:00-7:00 PM

Onondaga Lake Park
Sierra Club tabie is near the Salt Museum
Liverpool, NY

Help us promote recycling at this popular Syracuse event. Contact Lisa Daly at (315) 428-1384 for more information.


Bear Swamp Hike & Picnic Lunch

Bear Swamp photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking, cnyhiking.com
Bear Swamp, Yellow Trail
photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Where Iowa Rd. meets Bear Swamp Rd.
Sempronius, NY

Pack a lunch, grab a friend and join us as we explore this beautiful area abundant in balsam fir, swamp-meadow grass and alder patches. We’ll meet at the main parking area for the Yellow Trail, located just off seasonal/dirt Bear Swamp Road (just off Iowa Road). Look for the tan Hyundai with the Sierra Club sign.



"Ending the Fossil Fuel Era"

Photo provided by ArtRage.com
Photo provided by ArtRage

Presentation and Book Signing at ArtRage Gallery

Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:00 PM

505 Hawley Place
Syracuse, NY

From the SUNY ESF press release:

"The beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era takes center stage in Dr. Jack Manno's latest book, Ending the Fossil Fuel Era. A book release party will be held 7 p.m., May 18 at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Manno, associate professor in ESF's Department of Environmental Studies, worked with his colleagues for three years gathering stories "from around the world where people have attempted and in some cases been successful keeping fossil fuels and valuable minerals in the ground." "This is part of understanding that there's plenty of fossil fuels, but the extreme effort that it takes to get them and the quality of the fossil fuels declined over time," Manno said. "So it's inevitable that we have to begin to end the fossil fuel era. It's about the beginning of the end, not 'we're going to stop using fossil fuels tomorrow.'" The book includes examples of social movements, arguments to delegitimize fossil fuels as a step toward developing alternatives and redesigning society in order to live well with less energy, he said. "



Hands Across the Sand: A Worldwide Event

Southwick Beach photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking, cnyhiking.com
Southwick Beach
photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00 AM

Southwick Beach
Rte 3
Henderson, NY

Please identify yourself as a volunteer when you enter, for free admission and directions to our meeting point. Call Rich @ (315) 298-3130 for more information.

Help us “draw a line in the sand”, as we gather to bring awareness to climate change, and its local impacts. This is a GLOBAL EVENT, and as we did last year, we are combining it with our annual cleanup of Southwick Beach on Lake Ontario.

Hands Across the Sands, founded in 2010, grew into an international
movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together
to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand
against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy. We will be part of this coalition of organizations, activists and citizens around the world bringing
the message of clean energy to local and world leaders.

We will take time for photos to be posted on the  Hands Across the Sands website. Dress for wind, and bring gloves for the beach clean-up.

For additional information, please contact Rich @ (315) 298-3130



Celebrate Earth Day With Us, and Help Clean the Creekwalk

Onondaga Creek photo by Janet Allen, Stewardship Garden
Photo by Janet Allen, Stewardship Garden
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:00 AM

Onondaga Creekwalk
219-223 Walton St. (next to Walt The Loch West Monster)
Syracuse, NY

We will meet at the parking at between Walton St and W Fayette St.

Our Sierra Club group is joining with the Downtown Committee of Syracuse on Saturday, April 25, to help give downtown Syracuse a much needed Spring Cleaning.

Officially Earth Day is April 22 this year, (and there is an indoor presentation that night that you won't want to miss!!) but communities everywhere will be doing their part to clean up on Saturday.

All volunteers with be provided with gloves, trash bags, a t-shirt, and lunch!

What more could you ask for?

Please RSVP by April 9, as the Downtown Committee needs to know how many will attend.

Hope to see you there!



Baltimore Woods in the Winter

Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm

4007 Bishop Hill Road
Marcellus, NY 13108

This beautiful 180-acre area in Marcellus has more than six miles of hiking trails we can explore, depending on our group’s whim. Please note that dogs are not allowed. Baltimore Woods is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. We’ll meet in the upper parking lot.


Explore Old Fly Marsh

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Number 5 Road West (about 1/2 mile east of Cemetary Rd)
Pompey, NY 13138

This preserve contains a 45-acre marsh and pond that are regular resting spots for migrating waterfowl. It also includes a mature forest with a wide variety of flora. Directions to Old Fly Marsh can be found at: cnylandtrust.org/preserves.html. The parking lot where we’ll meet is about 1⁄4 mile east of the intersection on the north side.


Onondaga Creekwalk

Onondaga Creek photo by Janet Allen, Stewardship Garden
Photo by Janet Allen, Stewardship Garden
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 , 2:00 PM

Onondaga Creek Walk
Destiny Center under Hiawatha Blvd. bridge
Syracuse, NY

Let's kick off the New Year with a vigorous walk along the Onondaga Creek.The 2.6 mile trail is easy to follow and paved, but be sure to wear good hiking shoes or boots because it may be icy. Views of Armory Square and the Syracuse Inner Harbor will be part of this fun little urban outing.

Everyone is invited for coffee and cocoa afterwards (spot to be determined).




Early Winter Hike at Conifer Park (James E. Heath Park)

James E. Heath Park photo by John Smith, WAER News
James E. Heath Park photo by John Smith, WAER News

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM

Conifer Park (a.k.a. James E. Heath Park)
5559 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY

Enjoy a bit of "forest in the city" as we explore this former ESF experimental station. The park is located at 5559 South Salina Street, but parking is available at the small pull-off on Conifer Drive.


The Service Trip Experience, Presented by Sue Savion

Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group

Wednesday November 19, 2014, 7:30 PM

University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY

Sue is an Iroquois Group member who has gone on several service trips for the Sierra Club. Her most recent sojourn was to Santa Catalina Island, California, where she helped restore natural vegetation and maintain trails. Sue will share pictures and memories from her trip, offering insider tips for anyone considering a service trip.


Autumn Hike at Elmwood Park

Elmwood Park photo by SUNY ESF
Elmwood Park, photo by SUNY ESF

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 PM

Elmwood Park
Glenwood Ave
Syracuse, NY

Enjoy the peace of this varied forest area. Walk the easy trails, breathe the crisp autumn air and view the picturesque landscape, with its random stone walls and natural water features. We'll meet at the entrance to the park on Glenwood Ave., Syracuse.

Fall Foliage & More at Lime Hollow Nature Center

Lime Hollow photo by Bob Asanoma
Lime Hollow, photo by Bob Asanoma

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00 PM

Lime Hollow trailhead
3220 Gracie Road
Cortland, NY

Join us as we explore the trail at Chicago Bog Unique Natural Area. Chicago Bog is a kettle bog, a DEC Class II wetland, and one of the few intact bogs in the Finger Lakes Region. We'll park and meet at the Trailhead: 3220 Gracie Road, Cortland.