Monthly Archives: May 2015

Nature Journaling 2015

Nature Journaling for Kids At Six Mile Creek

Ithaca, New York – January 28, 2015 The Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission of the City of Ithaca announce the third annual educational series for children aged 7-12. Nature Journaling for Kids will introduce children to the natural history of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area. Facilitated by Laurie Rubin, participants will observe and learn about animals and plants while they record their impressions in words and pictures.

Rubin, retired Ithaca City School District teacher, demonstrates how nature study helped her students become stronger scientists, readers, writers, and mathematicians in her book, To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Her experience complements the expertise of five naturalists who will each lead one themed workshop: Animal Tracking, Stream Safari, Wonderful Wild Flowers, Native Trees and Land Snails and Slugs. Kids (accompanied by a parent) can participate in one or more of these fun, educational, and free activities in 2015.

Each session will start at the parking area of the Mullholland Wildflower Preserve just off Giles Street on Saturdays at 1:00PM and run until 2:30PM. Journals will be provided or bring your own. No signup required. Contact Laurie (272-8491) or Anna (379-0924) for more information.

The schedule is as follows:

February 14 – Animal Tracking with Linda Spielman

There’s lots going on outside in winter, but it takes a detective’s mind to find and understand the clues. We’ll look for tracks, chews, scat, and other kinds of evidence to help us figure out what kinds of wild animals live near us and what they are doing.

April 11 – Stream Safari with Phil Koons

Did you ever wonder what kinds of critters live in our local streams? Join us on a Stream Safari to learn about the insects, fish and other organisms that live beneath the water’s surface. We’ll collect live samples and explore an exciting new world!

May 9 – Wonderful Wild Flowers with Betsy Darlington

Spring wildflowers seem to magically rise from the forest floor and then, almost as quickly, disappear, not to be seen again until the next spring. Join us to learn the names (and secrets) of these fleeting flowers of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.

May 30 – Native Trees with Jeanne Grace

Trees are an important part of the environment around us; they provide us with clean air, shade, food, and materials. We’ll learn about some of the trees in our local forests, how to identify them and what they can tell us about the greater environment.

June 20 – Land Snails and Slugs (new this year) with Marla Coppolino

Though often overlooked, land snails and slugs play an important role in the health of the ecosystem. We’ll discover their secret hiding places and learn about the different kinds of snails and slugs that live practically under our feet, and why they are a vital part of the food web.

Explore Your Watershed 2015

Walks and Talks in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

Meet in the parking lot of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve

Spring Wildflower Walk. Sunday, May 10. 1 pm. Led by Robert Wesley.

BIG TREES! Saturday, May 23. 9 – 11 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. Led by Joe McMahon.

Birds (and other beautiful flying things). Saturday, June 6.  8 – 11 am. Led by Meena Haribal. A fine birder and author of a field guide to damselflies and dragonflies of the region, Meena will lead a search for birds, butterflies and dragonflies of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area.
Don’t forget your  binoculars!

Ithaca’s Water Supply: Past, Present, and Future.  Saturday, July 11. 9 – 11 am. A walk along the woodland trails that parallel Six Mile Creek, the source of Ithaca’s drinking water, led by Watershed Coordinator Roxy Johnston. For details, contact Roxy: