Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is it called
A: In the 19th century, most of the 180 + acres that we now know as
Baltimore Woods Nature Preserve was working farmland. At that time, the majority
of farmers in this area marketed their cattle in New York City. It seems that
one of those farmers, however, had a falling out with his NYC middlemen and
decided to send HIS cattle to market in Baltimore instead. So, he purchased and
worked a piece of property located close to the railroad line that went to
Baltimore. In fact, remnants of that now-defunct train line can still be found
on the east side of Lee Mulroy Road. It's funny which names "stick" sometimes:
the feisty farmer's former lands and the brook that meanders through them now
carry not his name, but the exotic and evocative name of distant "Baltimore."
Q: Who is "John A. Weeks"
and why is the new building named after him?
A: Naturalist, author, educator and artist John A.
Weeks started his career as a wildlife biologist for the DEC in Syracuse, later
joining the faculty of SUNY Oswego. John was the second executive director at
CNE (then known as "Onondaga Nature Centers"), during which time he helped
establish both Beaver Lake and Cayuga Nature Centers. While at SUNY, John helped
found the Rice Creek Field Station and also served as director of the Rogers
Environmental Center and Sterling Nature Center. Local public radio listeners
may recognize John's voice from his weekly radio broadcast on WRVO, The Nature
of Things. Currently, John continues to provide a valued guiding hand to Baltimore Woods in
all matters educational and environmental, and has devoted enormous time and
energy to creating the Baltimore Woods murals which now adorn the entry to the
Interpretive Center. BWNC is truly honored that an environmentalist of John's
stature agreed that our new building could be named after him.
Q: Isn't Baltimore Woods a
A: No! Land at Baltimore Woods is owned by a private not-for-profit organization
called Central New York Land Trust (CNYLT), and Baltimore Woods Nature Center is also a private not-for-profit
organization. Except for the land that the Interpretive Center sits on, BW does
not own any of Baltimore Woods, but maintains and manages the land on behalf of CNYLT. The costs of keeping Baltimore Woods open to the public throughout the year are
met by BWNC memberships, summer & vacation Nature Day Camps and other
programs throughout the year, individual and business donations, foundation
grants, and the like. In fact, on average, well less than 10 % of BWNC's annual
operating budget comes from Onondaga County.