Onondaga County Parks

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Plunge into the world of Beaver Lake Nature Center...

Located just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, New York, in Baldwinsville, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails and over 400 annual programs. A rich mix of habitats creates the possibility of seeing more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.

Beaver Lake features winding trails that are designed to be enjoyed in all seasons. The 200 acre glacial lake is a migratory stop for thousands of Canada geese that migrate through, as well as an opportunity for summertime exploration by canoe.

Click here for the Beaver Lake Program/Event Calendar

Click here for information about Beaver Lake's Trails

Volunteers Wanted...

Become a part of the amazing team of volunteers that make Beaver Lake Nature Center the special place that it is. All ages & abilities welcome.

Click here to download the Volunteer Interest Form or call the Nature Center for more information.

Attention Teachers:

Don't miss out on the monthly Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter. Each issue is filled with fascinating seasonal information and unique classroom activities.

Click here to download a recent edition of the newsletter.

Join our mailing list today, send your email address to blnc@ongov.net and put "Teacher Newsletter" in the subject line. (You may wish to use your personal email address, since Constant Contact, our email marketing software provider, is blocked by some district servers.)  For more information about school group programs, click here.

Birthday Parties...Available Year Round!

Natural Birthday Parties at Beaver Lake are parties with a purpose and seasonally appropriate themes for children ages 5-12. Choose from topics such as Snowshoeing in Search of Wildlife Clues (Winter); Maple Sugaring (March); Exploring Life in a Pond (May-September); Turtles and Hawks and Owl (Year Round). The two hour party includes a guided walk and critter talk (except during Maple Sugaring) and allows for cake and present time.

Cost is $100 per group ($80 for Friends of Beaver Lake members.) Call for details and to schedule your next party.

Our Mission:

To foster local and global stewardship of nature through diverse recreational and educational opportunities that enhance
visitors' awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the natural world.

 Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center. In addition, bikes are not allowed on the trails. 


Open Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas;
Trails open 7:30 am - call for closing time
Visitor Center & Restrooms open 8 am - call for closing time
Special Early Opening at 7 am, a perfect time for bird watching & nature study, May 6 - September 2


$4 per car • $20 per bus
Free for Friends of Beaver Lake - Click here for membership information

Free Admission for Veterans and Active Military for one vehicle/car.
Present military I.D., Onondaga County FAVOR card, discharge papers or another form of official military identification at the Front Desk.
Not valid during special events.



8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
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T: (315) 638-2519



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