At a Glance
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 9 pm
DRAGONFLIES, DAMSELFLIES, AND OTHER INSECTS, Saturday, August 11, 1 pm
METAL DETECTING - HOW TO GET STARTED, Sunday, August 12, 2 pm
FULL MOON HIKE, Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm
MUSHROOMS AND MYCELIA, Saturday, August 25, 11 am
TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK, Sunday, August 26, 1 pm
Sunday, August 5, 1 to 4 p.m. - WILD FOR WILDFLOWERS—WALK & CRAFTS
Let's take a walk to see what's blooming. We'll learn about wildflowers along the way and gather some of nature's treasures to create a piece of natural art - pressed flowers, nature sculptures, and more. Bring your creativity, a container (shoebox, picture frame, etc.) for your piece, glue, and any accessories you might want to add. Children 3 to 103 are welcome! Fee: $5; $15/family; members, free.
Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 9 p.m. - PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Join us for one or both evenings of star-gazing in an open field. Meet at the Wheaton House and walk out to enjoy this annual celestial light show of "falling stars." Bring blankets or lawn chairs, viewing cameras or telescopes, and snacks and drinks. We'll have a bonfire if the night is chilly. Fee: Free-will donation.
Saturday, August 11, 1 to 3 p.m. - DRAGONFLIES, DAMSELFLIES & AND OTHER INSECTS
Meet at the Wheaton House for Binghamton University professor and avid odonatologist Thomas Donnelly's presentation. Then try your hand at catching some insects in Silver Creek with nets that we provide. Bring waterproof or other sturdy shoes. All ages welcome. Fee: $5 per person; members and kids, free. Rain/cloud day, Sunday, August 12.
Sunday, August 12, 2 p.m. - METAL DETECTING—HOW TO GET STARTED
The thrill of holding something in your hand that hasn't seen daylight in a hundred years, the love of coin collecting, the intrigue of searching for buried objects. . . . Whatever your reason for wanting to get into metal detecting, here's your chance to learn from experts. Joseph Adrian and Michael Lettieri will introduce us to the equipment and to the do's and don'ts and how-tos and how-not-tos, including the rules and regulations for detecting on state lands. Bring your detector and dress for the weather, because we're going to start today. Fee: $10.This image shows the 1911 Barber silver dime we found in the Wheaton House lawn on June 25, 2018, with a metal detector.
Friday, August 24, 7:30 p.m. - FULL MOON HIKE
Join us for a hike. We'll end the evening around a campfire sharing snacks and stories. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: $5; members, free.
Saturday, August 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - MUSHROOMS AND MYCELIA
How much do we really know about mushrooms? From fairy tales to scientific research, the world of "fungus among us" is amazing and often misunderstood. Learn about these living organisms, which are a part of the Kingdom Fungi and important to our ecology. A brief discussion and slideshow will be followed by a trail walk. Meet at the Carriage Barn. Bring sturdy shoes, notebook, camera, and resource book if you have one. Fee: $5 per person; members and children, free.
Sunday, August 26, 1 p.m. - TWO-WHEELED TOUR OF SALT SPRINGS PARK
Bike the roads and trails to the edges of the park. We'll explore a different route on the last Sunday of each month throughout the summer, featuring easy to moderate riding. Meet at the Wheaton House. Fee: Free-will donation.