Sunday, August 19, 2018

Becoming a Young Naturalist at Cazenovia Library

 By Xue Dong, PhD student
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry


As many children who reside in urban area have little opportunity to touch nature directly, outdoor learning activities can be one type of significant experiences in their childrenhood memory. On July 27th, with the excellent leading of Young Naturalists summer team, nine Young Naturalists at Cazenovia Public Library started to explore the local watershed as well as showed great imagination through a guided outdoor observation.

Water and Wildlife in Central New York
The Central New York region, especially Syracuse area, is well known for its heavy snow in winter. Have you ever wondered why do we face this harsh weather more than other New York regions? Some researches showed that Onondaga Lake and Oneida Lake cause this situation and bring us the huge precipitation. Based on this climate background, Young Naturalists learned their surroundings started with Onondaga Lake Watershed and Oneida Lake Watershed. Continued with familiar animals and plants that are common but important in Central New York.
   
Water: an incredible journey
If you are a drop of water, what your life cycle will be? How many places you are going to travel? Adapted from the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, the water cycle activity facilitated children to get involved in the whole process of water movement and experience the life journey of water molecule in person. Young Naturalists were very excited about this game especially when they put on colorful beads to make their bracelets at nine stations. Playing this interesting activity, children not only got bracelets with the special meaning of water cycle but also learned the amazing fact that water can transform its shape beyond your imagination.
   
Outdoor Observation with a Field Guide
Embracing outdoor environment to enjoy the luxury green nature is one significant goal of Young Naturalists Summer Program. The other innovative goal is associating “art” to biology and geography to fulfill the STEAM purpose. Walking in a fresh humid air, everyone was attracted by the serenity and beauty of the stream besides to Cazenovia Public Library. Holding a clipboard with a new-created field guide, children were curious about all living things around them and drew the appealing ones on their worksheets.
  
If your kids are looking to take part in some exciting outdoor activities and want to become a Young Naturalist, feel free to sign up one or more events at Cazenovia Public Library official webpage https://www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org!

Photos courtesy: Xue Dong
            

Becoming a Young Naturalist at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

By Xue Dong, PhD student
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

As many children who reside in urban area have little opportunity to touch nature directly, outdoor learning activities can be one type of significant experiences in their childrenhood memory. On July 25th, with the excellent leading of Young Naturalists summer team, 14 Young Naturalists at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville started to explore the local watershed as well as showed great imagination through a guided outdoor observation.
Water and Wildlife in Central New York
The Central New York region, especially Syracuse area, is well known for its heavy snow in winter. Have you ever wondered why do we face this harsh weather more than other New York regions? Some researches showed that Onondaga Lake and Oneida Lake cause this situation and bring us the huge precipitation. Based on this climate background, Young Naturalists learned their surroundings started with Onondaga Lake Watershed and Oneida Lake Watershed. Continued with familiar animals and plants that are common but important in Central New York.
    


Water: an incredible journey
If you are a drop of water, what your life cycle will be? How many places you are going to travel? Adapted from the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, the water cycle activity facilitated children to get involved in the whole process of water movement and experience the life journey of water molecule in person. Young Naturalists were very excited about this game especially when they put on colorful beads to make their bracelets at nine stations. Playing this interesting activity, children not only got bracelets with the special meaning of water cycle but also learned the amazing fact that water can transform its shape beyond your imagination.
  
Outdoor Observation with a Field Guide
Embracing outdoor environment to enjoy the luxury green nature is one significant goal of Young Naturalists Summer Program. The other innovative goal is associating “art” to biology and geography to fulfill the STEAM purpose. Due to the rain, children did not walk to Butternut Creek besides to Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, but everyone was dedicated to observe wildlife through window. Holding a clipboard with a new-created field guide, children were curious about all living things around them and drew the appealing ones on their worksheets.
 
If your kids are looking to take part in some exciting outdoor activities and want to become a Young Naturalist, feel free to sign up one or more events at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville official webpage https://www.cldandj.org!

Photos courtesy: Xue Dong
         

Becoming a Young Naturalist at Manlius Library

By Xue Dong, PhD student
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

As many children who reside in urban area have little opportunity to touch nature directly, outdoor learning activities can be one type of significant experiences in their childrenhood memory. On July 25th, with the excellent leading of Young Naturalists summer team, 14 Young Naturalists at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville started to explore the local watershed as well as showed great imagination through a guided outdoor observation.
Water and Wildlife in Central New York
The Central New York region, especially Syracuse area, is well known for its heavy snow in winter. Have you ever wondered why do we face this harsh weather more than other New York regions? Some researches showed that Onondaga Lake and Oneida Lake cause this situation and bring us the huge precipitation. Based on this climate background, Young Naturalists learned their surroundings started with Onondaga Lake Watershed and Oneida Lake Watershed. Continued with familiar animals and plants that are common but important in Central New York.
    


Water: an incredible journey
If you are a drop of water, what your life cycle will be? How many places you are going to travel? Adapted from the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, the water cycle activity facilitated children to get involved in the whole process of water movement and experience the life journey of water molecule in person. Young Naturalists were very excited about this game especially when they put on colorful beads to make their bracelets at nine stations. Playing this interesting activity, children not only got bracelets with the special meaning of water cycle but also learned the amazing fact that water can transform its shape beyond your imagination.
  
Outdoor Observation with a Field Guide
Embracing outdoor environment to enjoy the luxury green nature is one significant goal of Young Naturalists Summer Program. The other innovative goal is associating “art” to biology and geography to fulfill the STEAM purpose. Due to the rain, children did not walk to Butternut Creek besides to Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, but everyone was dedicated to observe wildlife through window. Holding a clipboard with a new-created field guide, children were curious about all living things around them and drew the appealing ones on their worksheets.
 
Sharing the new ideas with others is the most hilarious part at the end of program. Although some young naturalists are too young to read and write, they tried their best to drew what they saw around the pond as well as shared their drawings actively to everybody. If your kids are looking to take part in some exciting outdoor activities and want to become a Young Naturalist, feel free to sign up one or more events at Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville official webpage http://www.manliuslibrary.org!

Photos courtesy: Xue Dong
         

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer 2018  Young Naturalist Program - 

What is Watershed and Why does it matter ? Same theme as last summer but some new activities. 

The Summer 4 week Young Naturalist Program at the begins the week of July 23rdat the following libraries: Manlius (Tuesdays) , Dewitt (Wednesdays) and Cazenovia (Fridays).  

The Four week program will have focus on geography and water quality and considering questions such: 

Have you ever wondered where our water comes from? where does it go, when runs down the street during a rainstorm?   How do we know if our water is clean? What can bugs tell us about the water quality?  

What about that stream that goes through the village? Where did it come from, where does go? And what lives in there? 


Manlius - Young Naturalists
Tuesdays  - 2pm For Grades 2 to 8.
July 24th, Aug 7, Aug 14, and August 21

Cazenovia - Young Naturalists
Friday’s 1;30 pm 
 July 27, Aug 3, Aug 10, Aug 17. 
 For Grades 2 to 8.

Dewitt Young Naturalists
Wednesdays @ 2:00pm
July 25; August 1, 8 & 15
For Grades 2 to 8.

The Young Naturalist Program is a program created by the CNY Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. 

This summer in addition to the 3 libraries  we are partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences, NYS Parks, SUNY @ ESF. 

 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Local Mysterious Lakes

Join the Young Naturalists and NYS Parks educators on Saturday March 17th at 1pm at Green Lakes State Park to learn about the mystery that makes Green and Round Lake green.
Bring the family for a guided hike around the lake and learn about this beautiful local treasure.
Register Here

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ice Fishing Cancelled

Due to poor ice conditions we unfortunately had to cancel the free ice fishing clinic at Cazenovia Lake. 🙁 We will try again for next year with an earlier date.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Come Try Ice Fishing

On February 24th the Young Naturalists will be hosting a free ice fishing clinic. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has wanted to try it as all of the equipment will be provided for you to use! Let's hope for some cold weather beforehand so the lake stays as frozen as possible.
Register at cnynature@gmail.com 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Life Under the Ice?

Yes, there is life under the ice! 
During the winter months, fish will slow down in the water to conserve energy. One of the major reasons why the fish need to use less energy is because there is less oxygen available in the water during the winter. In the spring, summer and fall months water and air mix through wind and wave action and oxygen gets mixed into the water. Other sources of oxygen include, waterfalls and streams. Once the lake or pond gets covered in ice, the wind cannot create waves on the water so air cannot get mixed into the water.

Nine participants at Manlius Library on Jan 20th became fish and had to search for oxygen in a pond during a game that we played. There they learned how tricky it is to find oxygen in the winter, and why winterkill of fish can happen.

After playing the game, they were able to go out to the Swan Pond and infer where there might be fish swimming under the ice. With maps in hand, participants were able to label where the fish would be, made observations and figure out which direction was north.

Here is a great Wild Kratts episode to watch if you are interested in life under the ice
Under Frozen Pond