The Great Swamp Conservancy gears up for summer


The Great Swamp Conservancy is gearing up for a summer of unique, spectacular, environmental fundraisers and programs. On the environmental end come and view a full cast of a Wooly Mammoth head and tusks. The real tusks are also on exhibit from the NYS Museum of Natural History of Albany.

The mammoth was discovered in Catteraugus, while digging a pond at a fish hatchery in the 1930s.

The Great Swamp Conservancy has a museum of Natural History in progress and the Mammoth display is the first unusual exhibit from prehistoric time.

Another environmental program will be on the Ovate Amber Snail on July 18 at 6:30 p.m. which is making national news. Come and hear an amazing story about how one person can make a big difference. A threatened local species is making a comeback, thanks to a graduate student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Cody Gilbertson. This is a free program and a collaborative effort between the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation and the Great Swamp Conservancy.

July 10–13 children can attend a Junior Naturalist program for ages 7-12 which is a series of fun and educational hands-on workshops designed to teach and inspire young minds. Registration fee is $90 for members and $100 for non-members.

Enjoy a Butterfly Program with Rick Mikula, President of Butterfly Rescue International. His presentation is humorous and informative with displays and live butterflies for all ages. Admission $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

July 28 join Heather Housekeeper, aka “The Botanical Hiker,” for a slideshow presentation and guided plant walk where she will introduce you to easy-to -identify, nutritious and medicinal plants. Admission $8 for member, $10 for non-members.

Calling all kids to learn how to fish; program will be held with fishing expert Spider Rybaak Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simpson Park. All equipment and be provided for this catch and release program.

Aug. 18 take a summer walk with Joe McMullen for Wetland Plant Identification at 1 p.m. Admission is $5/ person. Register by Aug. 10. 

You are invited to the GSC Antique Appraisal June 30 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Bring your antiques for appraisal by Ed Becker
and Michael Haskins with 40 years of experience in the antique business. $5 per item or $9 for 2 items.

July 6-7 is the GSC’s annual garage sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Clean donated items are being accepted..

Re-purpose, recycle, reuse items you don’t want to the GSC. No TV’s, chemicals, tires, magazines or computers are accepted. Families may rent a booth for $10 to sell treasures. Call to reserve a booth. 

July 29 Paint & Sip Fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. at
Theodore’s Restaurant, Rt. 5, Canastota. $40 ticket includes all materials to paint “The Great Blue Heron” – 16 x 20 canvas. Must register

Aug. 24 enjoy the GSC’s Harmony In Nature Series with “The Swamp Drivers” who were featured on the Rachel Ray Show from 6-8 p.m. This popular group plays instruments made out of recycled materials. $12 pre sale tickets and $15 at the door.


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