Binghamton University hosts Nature Preserve celebration


In an effort to celebrate spring’s arrival while honoring the campus’ natural attractions, Binghamton University’s Nature Preserve and Natural Areas will host a Nature Preserve Celebration from Thursday, April 29, to Sunday, May 2. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration, which marks the first grand-scale event to center around the Nature Preserve, will include hikes and nature walks. The celebration opens with a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, by A. Carl Leopold from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University’s Tropical Forestry Initiative. Leopold will discuss “An Ethical Relationship to the Land,” in Lecture Hall 8 on the BU campus.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, the Nature Preserve will offer a before-and-after-dark amphibian and reptile tour. Tours depart from upper parking lot M and participants are encouraged to bring flashlights.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, a ‘tyke hike’ for children from 3-5 years old and their parents will be held. Children will be able to scan the area for snakes, turtles, bugs, frog eggs and beaver dams. Parent chaperones are required. The hike departs from upper Lot M.

At 1 p.m. May 1, five BU honors students from biology and environmental studies will discuss and present BU’s Natural Areas Management Plan in Lecture Hall 12.  The plan will focus on future goals and activities relating to the Nature Preserve.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, a series of hikes for campus and community members will be offered. Hikes depart from upper Lot M and will be guided by members of the Friends of the Nature Preserve, BU students and faculty. Rain date for Saturday hikes only is May 2.

BU’s Nature Preserve was established in 1969 to recognize natural areas on campus and to preserve the area for minimal-impact research and recreation.

The approximately 350 acres of natural areas, consisting of 190 acres of designated Nature Preserve and 160 acres of untouched lands, are free and open to all nature lovers. The preserve offers 12 trails, passing though wetlands, shrubland, a grassy field and a wide variety of forest types.

For more information about the walks or the Nature Preserve, contact Dick Andrus at 607-777-2160, or via e-mail at

Last Updated: 9/17/13