School Groups

BLgrouplakeGuided 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). The price is $2 per child with a minimum of $25. Adults are free, although we request no more than four parents per class to keep the group size small. Call the Nature Center at (315) 638-2519 to reserve a date.

Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter

Don't miss out on the monthly Beaver Lake Teacher Newsletter. Each issue is filled with fascinating seasonal information for all ages and you don't have to be a teacher to get it! Everyone is welcome to subscribe.

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Tour Topics

  • smallsnakeinhandAutumn
    From the third week of September through Thanksgiving children witness pond life, insects, fungi (recycling), migration, fall colors, and wildlife preparing for winter. 
  • Winter
    Snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, and ice harvesting are ideal winter school activities. 
  • March
    The maple sugaring process is demonstrated and discussed including legends, historic use, and origin of the sugar. 
  • 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. 

Transportation Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of Beaver Lake Nature Center’s membership and supporters, the Friends of Beaver Lake, Inc. is pleased to offer transportation reimbursement scholarships to classes wishing to visit Beaver Lake Nature Center.

For your class to be eligible, you will need to complete the following:

  • Schedule your field trip by calling (315) 638-2519

  • Complete the scholarship application

  • Include a letter of support from your principal stating that field trips in your school budget have been reduced or eliminated.

The Friends of Beaver Lake, Inc. reserves the right to limit the number of transportation scholarships awarded to a school. Please note, this does not include the cost of the guided tour. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis. You will be notified via email once acceptance is determined.

Send application and letter to:
fax: (315) 638-7488
mail: Beaver Lake Nature Center
8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville NY 13027

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.

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