The Centers for Nature
Education, Inc. was originally formed as Onondaga Nature Centers in 1966.
Centers was instrumental in developing the Beaver Lake Nature Center, which is
now an Onondaga County Park, and the Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, which was
turned over to another private organization in 1982.
Our name was changed to
Centers for Nature Education after we turned the Beaver Lake Nature Center over
to Onondaga County for management.
In January, 2008, our members voted to adopt the name change to Baltimore Woods Nature Center (BWNC) This name change clarifies our identity, while we continue to focus on place-based education.
Baltimore Woods Nature Center is headquartered on Bishop Hill Road in
Marcellus, NY. We have six full-time staff members, four part-time staff members, and an army of volunteers implementing our mission.
The land at Baltimore Woods headquarters is the
first of over 37 natural areas that Central New York Land Trust has acquired since 1972. Over 2000 acres of CNY Land Trust
properties preserve the geological variety and subtle beauty of Central New
Baltimore Woods is a mature hardwood forest interspersed with
Baltimore Woods Plans for the Future
With the support of the Central New York community, BW's plans for the future include these goals:
- In order to fulfill our mission and offer more programs that help Central New Yorkers develop an appreciation for the environment, BWNC has built the new 4500 sq. foot John A. Weeks Interpretive Center at Baltimore Woods headquarters. This innovative, energy efficient building allows us to offer more programs to members and the public. These programs include school vacation nature day camps during the foul weather months of January, February, and April.
- Augment outreach programs to schools and under-served populations.
- Increase handicapped accessibility at Baltimore Woods and expand the Dee Atkinson Memorial Arboretum.
- Protect the integrity of BW by acquiring adjacent properties or seeking conservation easements for adjacent properties.