Beaver Lake Nature Center

Beaver Lake Nature Center is a 670-acre Onondaga County Park in the county’s northwestern corner. The park features 9 miles of trails over field, forest, and wetland habitats, which open at 7:30 am and close at different times throughout the year, depending on when the sun sets. The Nature Center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas but is open the rest of the year for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing in season. The lake and wetland habitat attract immense flocks of migrating geese and waterfowl every spring and fall. Over the years, at least 180 species of birds, 20 species of mammals, and 1000 species of plants have been identified. The Nature Center includes a Visitor Center that houses displays, meeting rooms, a Wildlife Observation Room, a Children’s Room, restrooms, and a gift shop. Professional Naturalists provide extensive interpretive programming for visitors of various ages and interests. Millions have enjoyed Beaver Lake’s facilities since its inception in 1970.