Monthly Archives: April 2012

Six Mile Creek Celebration 2012

Celebrate Six Mile Creek!

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2-4 pm

Mulholland Wildflower Preserve, just off Giles St.

You’re invited to join the Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission as we welcome and get reacquainted with friends and neighbors, new and old!

            Why do you visit Six Mile Creek?

Participate in an informal survey that will help us develop new and exciting learning and volunteer activities.

            Explore Your Watershed

Begun in 2009, this series has included such topics as Birdwatching, Geomorphology, Spring Flora, and Big Trees, and “tours” of the city water supply.  Meet previous walk leaders and take a guided nature walk.  Suggest topics for the upcoming 2013 series.

            NEW in 2013! Nature Journaling at Six Mile Creek

A preview of an exciting new series for kids, ages 7 and up, and their parents. Spend a Saturday afternoon learningabout the natural history of Six Mile Creek and keep a journal of your observations. A different theme each month: Animal Tracking, Stream Insects, Wildflowers, Trees.

            Volunteer Opportunities

Trail maintenance, invasive species control, invasive species mapping, tree inventory, plant collecting. Become a Friend and steward of your natural area!

Contact Anna: ams15 AT

Explore Your Watershed Series 2012

2012 Explore Your Watershed Series of Walks and Talks in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

Six Mile Creek Geology and Stream Geomorphology. Saturday, April 28 (10 am). Learn all about the forces that have shaped the course of Six Mile Creek in both ancient and modern times. Led by geologist Dan Karig. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.

Spring Flora. Saturday, May 5 (10 am). Led by botanist Robert Wesley. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.

Birdwatching at Six Mile Creek. Saturday, June 2 (8 am). Led by Meena Haribal. Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. Bring binoculars!

BIG TREES! Saturday, May 19 (9:30 am). Some of the largest local specimens of red and white oak, tulip poplar, and hemlock can be found in the city’s Natural Area surrounding Six Mile Creek. Come see these large and interesting trees in the forest on the south side of the creek. Be prepared for some steep trails, just over two miles, lasting about two hours. Meet at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve on Giles St. Saturday, July 9 at 9:30 am. Led by Joe McMahon.

Ithaca’s Water Supply: Past, Present, and Future. Sunday, June 24 (10am-1pm). A walk along the woodland trails that parallel Six Mile Creek, the source of Ithaca’s drinking water, led by Watershed Coordinator Roxy Johnston. Meet at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve parking lot to carpool to the starting point at Commonland. This walk is fifth in the 2012 “Explore Your Watershed” series of natural history walks sponsored by the Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission. For more info, contact

General information on the Explore Your Watershed series can be directed to Anna (ams15 AT