Kite Making & Outdoor Fun on June 17
C'mon - it's nearly summer! And what better way to welcome more sunshine and warm weather than to fly a kite!
On June 17, the Utica Children's Museum and the Central New York Conservancy will show you how to make - and fly - a diamond kite. From 10 a.m. until 12 noon, staff and volunteers from the Children's Museum and the Conservancy will host a kite-making and kite-flying event at TR Proctor Park (corner of Culver Ave. & Welsh Bush Rd.; parking is available).
Frisbee, ball games, and bubble-making activities will also be offered for kids and the young-at-heart. A light snack will be served, too. Please note: children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Enjoy Utica's "recreation park", specifically designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., as the greenspace in Utica for playing organized sports and outdoor games.
All events hosted by the Children's Museum and the Central New York Conservancy are underwritten by a Community Health Award grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
May 20 Scavenger Hunt & Nature Walk
Join the Utica Children's Museum and the CNY Conservancy for a springtime scavenger hunt and mature walk on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The hunt and walk begin at the Pavilion in South Woods, where the Switchbacks are located. Discover the 2.2 mile perimeter trail that every runner in Utica knows. Visit the 12 fitness stations found along the Switchbacks, recently created with a grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Utica Roadrunners, the City of Utica, and American Heart Association - Mohawk Valley, A light snack will be provided. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is free and supported by a Community Health Award grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Celebrate the Wonder of Trees on April 29!
You're never too young to appreciate trees - and Arbor Day!
Join the Central New York Conservancy and the Utica Children's Museum on Saturday, April 29 as we celebrate Arbor Day at FT Proctor Park from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The event will teach kids - and adults, too! - about the different parts of a tree and how to plant a tree properly.We may even decorate a tree or two to celebrate Arbor Day!
Cheryl Youngman, the Conservancy's landscape design professional and owner of CP Gardens will share the secrets to successful tree planting and tree maintenance so that your tree will continue to flourish for years to come.
Special treats made from tree products will be available. Come out with your family and friends to enjoy a spring day in Utica's premier Olmste-designed park.
The April 29 event is part of a series of specially designed outdoor programs for children and families, "Children's Health Benefits Provided By Nature", created by the Utica Children's Museum and the Conservancy. All events in the series are supported by a Community Health Award grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Show Some Love to Utica's Parks on May 6
Events are always more fun with a little help from your friends...
The Utica Children's Museum will bring many of its young friends and families to Utica's FT Proctor Park to help get it ready for a busy season of walkers, bike riders, trail hikers, and nature lovers.
The Museum has planned clean-up activiitieson Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Roscoe Conkling Park. The plan is to assist Conservancy volunteers with beautifying Utica's parks. The Museum will also lead a nature walk through Roscoe Conkling Park, which is also home to the Utica Zoo. "This is a great way to get to know our local green spaces and take care of them at the same time," said Museum Program Coordinator Jessica Bickford-Manson. "We will have a special nature-themed snack and maybe play some outdoor games as well."
Clean-up activities will occur rain or shine. Conservancy volunteers include student members of local NJROTC units, employees from Stewart's Shops, and staff from Bank of NY-Mellon. Work crews will be assigned to several areas, including the Main Entrance to the Utica Zoo in Roscoe Conkling Park, the area of the Memorial Parkway from the Zoo's Main Drive to Valley View Road, and the raised planting bed across from Starch Factory Creek in FT Proctor Park.
Those who wish to pitch in and help with clean-up are encouraged to bring their own rakes, tarps. and gardening gloves.
This event is free and open to the public. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is underwritten by a Community Health Award grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and is part of a "Children's Health Benefits Provided by Nature" monthly series created by the Utica Children's Museum and co-hosted by the Conservancy that will run through October 2017.
It's All About the Syrup on Sunday, March 26
Maple syrup is great on pancakes, ice cream...why just about anything!
But do you know how it's made?
Find out on Sunday, March 26 when the Utica Children's Museum and the Central New York Conservancy celebrate the maple sugaring off season from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the Museum (311 Main Street, Utica, NY)
Certified Arborist Mike Mahanna from the Central NY Conservancy will show us how maple syrup is made, from tree selection, to tapping and collecting sap, and preparing the syrup. He'll share what tools you will need and the best techniques to use when making your own syrup.
In addition, there will be a craft activity for families and syrup tasting, courtesy of the Ft. Schuyler Trading Company.
Kids will also have the chance to do some snowman building next to the Museum in Baggs Square Park.
This event is made posssible by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
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Come Sled, Snow Paint & Build a Snowman in FT Proctor Park
We have snow! We have snacks! And you and your family will have fun on Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Utica Children's Museum and the Central New York Conservancy kick off the first in a series of monthly events during 2017.
From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., kids and families will build snowmen, try their hand at snow painting, and sled down the gentle, rolling hills of F.T. Proctor Park, located on Culver Ave. at Rutger St. in Utica. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited parking is available at the Park. On-street parking is available nearby.
The event is free and open to the public, thanks to underwriting from a grant made by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.