Onondaga County Parks

School Groups

Guided School Groups

The standard tour takes a discovery approach with the guide introducing a wide variety of plant/ animal interactions in the forest and bog communities. Some teachers request specific concentrations to coincide with classroom lessons in such subjects as birds and migration, and predatory/prey relations. Each class receives one to two trail guides (depending on the class size). Call the Nature Center at (315) 638-2519 for pricing and to reserve a date.

Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the monthly newsletter just for teachers, send your email address to blnc@ongov.net with "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.) Each issue features interesting facts and unique classroom activities.

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    • Autumn
      From the third week of September through Thanksgiving children witness pond life, insects, fungi (recycling), migration, fall colors, and wildlife preparing for winter. We begin taking reservations on June 1.
    • Winter
      Snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, and ice harvesting are ideal winter school activities. Registration for snowshoe trek (grades 4-6) begin September 15.
    • March
      The maple sugaring process is demonstrated and discussed including legends, historic use, and origin of the sugar. Reservations are taken on the day classes resume after the New Year's holiday.
    • Spring
      From mid-April through the end of school, tours reveal the blooming of spring with migrating geese in April, woodland wildflowers in May, and lush growth in June. Reservations are taken on the day classes resume after the New Year's holiday.

  • Seasonal Tours


During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.