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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: Baltimore Woods Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education organization committed to promoting environmental awareness, understanding, and responsible natural resource stewardship among all people, especially children.  BWNC accomplishes this through teaching and interactive activities at Baltimore Woods as well as urban, suburban, and other rural landscapes of Central New York.

Geographic areas served: Central NY

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love to walk the trails and explore the gardens at Baltimore Woods. When my daughter was young, we came to programs on bugs, birds and other critters, as well as the night sky and nature sounds. It's a less-crowded alternative to Beaver Lake Nature Center, more conducive to quiet, meditative walks in the woods.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

It all began when my first daughter was three, and we found a beautiful and unusual caterpillar in our yard. We drove right up to Baltimore Woods Nature Center, and they welcomed us with smiles and books and helped us identify it. Having my children attend the summer nature camp for 8 years now, as well as other fantastic programs throughout those years, our family is full of gratitude for Baltimore Woods! Our experience has brought us a deeper awareness of many things: the night sky, vernal pools and spotted lizards, where maple syrup comes from, entomophagy, (the practice of eating insects as food), bird and animal identification, and even a special connection with snakes, thanks to Miss Hiss, the resident pet! Perhaps more importantly, The Nature Center has welcomed & encouraged us into its woods along its trails and streams, letting the natural surroundings seep into our very souls and help the children to be whole. Thank you Baltimore Woods!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Baltimore Woods has been a great nature center for our family. Both of my daughters have spent day camp there and loved it.

11

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years I have spent much time at Baltimore Woods. Our family used to go cross country skiing in the winter. I have hiked the woods from the tops of the hills to the bottom where the babbling stream presents an atmosphere of tranquility and sheer beauty. I have watched the winter birds from the warmth of the main lodge, and taken part in the annual bird count. The most enjoyable season for me is springtime when I go to the Margaret Faust Wildflower garden and enjoy learning from the very well marked examples of many different wildflowers. The knowledge of the volunteers who lead the tours of the garden is exceptional. I have enjoyed the wonderful passionate presentations of John Weeks and the chance to see his paintings of flora and fauna.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of our sons attended Baltimore Woods summer camps over several years. They loved the woods, the hiking, the freedom of being outside. The counselors were fantastic, good with kids, funny, and had great knowledge about nature. The kids had great fun at the

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since I have lived near BW for several years, all of my children have grown up hiking and playing in these woods. Their experiences helped shape their love and appreciation for nature and its impact on our lives. My grandchildren now love the woods as much as their parents did. Many of them have attended BW summer camps. Very often they just love to hike the many trails and visit the wonderful interpretive center they now have. I enjoy taking peaceful walks in the woods during all seasons. I even did my first snowshoeing last winter with the snowshoes they have to borrow there.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I grew up in these woods and now my children go there every summer to enjoy camp. I am planning my wedding reception here at Baltimore Woods. I love their programming for all ages and especially enjoy when BW brings programming to the city of Syracuse. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. Every experience with the staff at BW has been positive!

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beautiful place. Great people there, and a wonderful way to stay in touch with Nature. Trails take you through quite a variety of ecosystems and habitats.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loves Baltimore Woods! My child (6yo)attended summer camp there last year and had a blast! We used to attend their

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Having a Family Membership at this great center, we have enjoyed many programs. My son loves the winter camp and we just all really enjoyed the Easter event. In addition, just talking a walk/hike throughout the grounds is free and a really beautiful atmosphere. We love it.