Outdoor and Nature Events

Outdoor and Nature Events



Open Skating

Friday, February 16th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 

Friday, February 23th, 6:30pm -8:30pm

NY State Fair Coliseum, 581 State Fair Blvd.

Bring your own ice skatesNo skate rentals available.










 Central Rock Gym

Monday,  – Friday, February 

ROCK CLIMBING FEBRUARY VACATION PROGRAM – 9am – 2pm; Central Rock Gym, 600 N Franklin St, Syracuse. Plan a fantastic winter experience for your child! Striving to create a safe and fun climbing environment for all skill levels, our weeklong youth vacation program offers new climbers a great introduction to the sport and returning climbers a great way to further their climbing experience. For ages 8-12. Pricing for all 5 days: Pricing:  Non-Member: $385 for 1st child ($335 additional siblings)  Member: $335 ($285 additional siblings) – Participant must be the member to get the discount! Frozen and terminated members do not qualify.

A $50 deposit is required to book your child’s spot. Full payment is required at the start of the first day (2/21/22).    Info: www.centrlrockgym.com or (315)671-4450.

Winter Vacation Program – Central Rock Gym – Syracuse


Beaver Lake Nature Center

Monday, February 

WINTER VACATION CAMP – 9am – 3pm; Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville.  Learn how to Snowshoe! Build a survival Snow Cave! Create incredible Snow Sculptures! Play fun Nature Games and make Nature Crafts. This Winter Camp is designed for 1st – 4th graders and is led by two staff naturalists. This is great way to spend the winter break!  Don’t worry, we have a lot planned even if there isn’t much snow! Sign up for the whole week or individual days. $35 per child per day, advance registration required. Info:(315)638-2519


Beaver Lake Nature Center

Monday, February – Friday, 

WINTER WONDERS WEEK – 10am; Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake

Road, Baldwinsville. The answer to cabin fever during the school winter break – guided snowshoe walks and critter talks daily for families and individuals. Walk down one of the Nature Center’s trails tracking winter wildlife. Learn about beaver, turtles, owls, or other wildlife in the Visitor Center. All scheduled activities are free with park admission ($5 per vehicle). Snowshoe Rental $5. Info: 315-638-2519 or www.onondagacountyparks.com          Call at 8am on the day of the program to register.

Monday and Wednesday @ 10am – Try Snowshoeing (Guided Nature Scavenger Hike)

Tuesday and Thursday @ 10am – Snow Sculptures (Wild Winter Crafts)

Daily @ 2pm – Guided Snowshoeing or Guided Nature Hike: Winter Wildlife Signs

Friday @ 10am – Build a Snow Cave (Guided Nature Hike: In Search of Animal Homes)

Friday @ 1:30pm – Creature Feature

Schedule subject to change.  If there isn’t enough snow for the outdoor activities, we still have indoor fun planned.


Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Tuesday,  – Friday,

FEBRUARY CAMP: PREDATOR vs. PREY – 9am – 4pm; Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. It’s a real winter whodunit animal mystery in the woods! Look for clues, follow tracks, ask probing questions and get to the bottom of things. Grab your magnifying glass and become an official Baltimore Woods Crime Scene Investigator! Family membership required. Pre-registration is required. Before and after care are available. Space is limited. Register online at baltimorewoods.org. Cost: 4 days, $208/child, all fees included.

February Break Fiber Camp at Everson Museum of Art

Tuesday,  – Friday, 

8am – 4pm        Ages: 7+

Proof of vaccination required (due upon arrival on first day)

Everson Museum of Art, Danial Family Education Center

$150 Members | $175 Non-Members

Foray into Fiber Arts

Kids are invited to join artist, Carrie Drake, for a week of experimenting with fiber. We will explore wet felting as we make board games out of wool. We will paint scenes with yarn. We will turn food into stamps. Weaving, dyeing, spinning, sewing, punch needle, embroidery, and painting are just a few examples of ways to create art with fiber. We will investigate all of them as we create our own unique works of art!

Carrie Drake is a mixed media artist. She blends traditional fiber art techniques while experimenting with material to create works about nature. Carrie also teaches art and science at the Montessori School of Syracuse. Her passion is to work with kids to explore their creative, inventive and unique ideas.

Kids should bring their own lunch and water bottle. Snacks will be provided.


Syracuse Winterfest