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Sterling Nature Center

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Simply beautiful

Beautiful day in early September to walk the grounds of the Sterling Nature Preserve. Trails were... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Camillus, New York
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Nature at its best

One of the best little nature preserves in upstate New York. Joins Montezuma as one of our real... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Utica, New York
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15380 Jenzvold Rd, Sterling, NY 13156
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful day in early September to walk the grounds of the Sterling Nature Preserve. Trails were easy to walk and well marked. Great views of the bluffs and Lake Ontario. The nature center has lots to see. Restroom facility is adequate. Saw a green heron,...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank 542jerryz
Reviewed 24 May 2016

One of the best little nature preserves in upstate New York. Joins Montezuma as one of our real favorites. Not as well-know, perhaps, but that's fine because here you can find the quietude of nature. Diverse ecosystem, from marshes, meadows, woodlands and the shore. Beautiful.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank RonL40
Reviewed 27 September 2015

We try to include a hike here every time we visit the area. It is a beautiful and peaceful area. Lots of birds to see.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Rita C
Reviewed 3 July 2015

This nature center had a very diverse atmosphere. You could walk with a lake view, be in the woods or take a leisurely meadow stroll. The main attraction was the heron rookery. This is an awesome place. Unfortunately it was a bit foggy when I...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Marc G
Reviewed 3 July 2015

i visit here at least once a month from April - November. the preserve stretches from the shore of lake Ontario through woods and marshes. There are many trails to get close to wildlife. This is a minimalist place. Self guided but not too big...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Rosemr
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Nice hiking paths, diverse wetlands and forests. Trail down to Lake Ontario was awesome. Preserved animals in the nature center and binoculars to borrow was nice.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Lois R
Reviewed 17 August 2014

If you like birding and hiking in a pristine location, this is a great place for you. I was recently there and saw two juvenile bald eagles. I was surprised to learn that this location was considered at one time to be a prospective spot...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank Andi55_13
Reviewed 27 July 2014

True beauty, unbelievable landscape, breath taking views! The bluffs along the shore line, clear water with a sandy bottom. From the top view color shifts in the water, endless horizon, and wildlife. Nature trails through the woods, marsh, and open fields.

Date of experience: June 2014
1  Thank Suzzyqu
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We throughly enjoyed our Saturday afternoon with Jim as our tour guide. We saw red-tailed hawks, a crazy red-winged black bird who should be down south, wood peckers and assorted small birds at the feeder, The rookery was empty - but we will be back...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank Susan1013021
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Everytime I go here I find something new. My last trip to the heron rookery was in a light rain but it didn't matter. Seeing the herons nesting and feeding the babies is a never to be forgotten experience. Any of Jim's nature walks are...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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Ray P
25 June 2018|
Response from 542jerryz | Reviewed this property |
No admission charge. There might be a place for donations inside gift center. Blue heron roosts are really cool now.
6 September 2017|
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Response from sewcute75 | Reviewed this property |
I am not a kayaker...but...if u can carry them on your backs down a long winding trail to the beach, it would be Great! Then...hike them back up it!! I would recommend Fair Haven state beach for that, you can see these... More