Welcome Great Swamp Conservancy Canastota NY Our mission is to foster environmental, cultural and natural history education; to promote outdoor recreation;  to preserve biological diversity, and to conserve and manage natural resources in the Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario Watersheds.

A huge Thank You to our Fall Migration Festival sponsors!

Please support these local businesses that support the GSC:

McDonalds- Canastota
Wilbur-Duck Chevrolet, Inc.- Oneida
Wilson’s Nursery Seneca Trails- Wampsville
Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club-Syracuse
Dunkin Donuts-Canastota
Top Stitch-Chittenango

GSC members as sponsors:

Tom Lenweaver
Christine & Chawn O’Dell
Tom & Cindy Helmer
Jack & Carol Cotten

Lori & Greg Kist


Sunday Morning Yoga Class with Certified Yoga Teacher Tammy Seagriff

Time: 11 am to 12 noon at the Great Swamp Conservancy (held inside if the weather isn’t cooperating). Interested? Have questions? Need more information? Want to sign up? Contact Tammy Seagriff at (505) 314-6597 or tammyseagriff@gmail.com.      
Cost per class: $10 or $40 for five classes

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 Swamp Snappers Camera Club

The first Saturday of every month.  Meeting starts at 1 pm in the Museum of Natural and Local History Building. For more information call Eleanor Jones: 315 363-1458  or send email to: joneseleanor55@twcny.rr.com.
Next meeting is scheduled for:  Oct 1st. Please update your schedules.

Board Meeting

Board Members Notice

Tuesday Oct 11: Next Board Meeting at 6:30 pm [Members are welcome and encouraged to attend]

Creatures of the Night Series: Owls

Date: Saturday October 15th.
: 1 pm to 2 pm at the Great Swamp Conservancy.

Presentation by Jean Soprans from the Kindred Kingdom Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

Cost per class: $3 for members   $5 for non-members

Nature Paint Night

Date: Saturday October 16th.
: 6:30 pm at the Great Swamp Conservancy.
Registration Required: Registration Deadline is Oct 11. Limited Space. Mail check to Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St, Canastota,  13032
Local artist will guide participants to create an acrylic painting on 16 x 20 canvas. All materials provided except an apron (please bring).

Cost per class: $30.00 suggested donation.

Who we are and what we do……

The primary focus area of the Great watchable wildlife collageSwamp Conservancy (GSC) includes approximately 36,000 acres on the south eastern shore of Oneida Lake in the towns of Lenox and Sullivan. this area is home to what the Iroquois called the Great Swamp, a remnant of Lake Iroquois.  The Great Swamp was drained for agriculture from late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s creating rich black muck soils. The GSC’s driving force has been to return a portion of these wetlands back to their original state through partnerships with landowners, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.

Jr Birders at Overlook ParkThe GSC hosts a variety of school groups during the school year and summer months, teaching children about the importance of wetlands, wildlife, and natural resource conservation. Programs are geared toward helping children to develop a sense of community with and value for the natural environment. Programs can be tailored to any age group and facilities are ADA accessible. For high school, undergraduate and graduate students, the Conservancy also offers internship opportunities in wide variety of fields.

The GSC holds numerous events openJack Cotton and Paintings to the public, showcasing nature in all four seasons. Members look forward to the annual Spring and Fall migration festivals, where artisans and vendors from around Central New York come to showcase their wares and celebrate the arrival and departure of our migrant feathered friends. We have clubs that meet at the GSC monthly such as a stamping club and Swamp Snappers Camera Club. Check the events page often for updates, or stop by the visitor center for a chat and to pick up a free event calendar. Past events include guided walks led by university professors, sketching classes with local artists, and presentations by regional wildlife experts.

There is something for everyone at the Great Swamp, and we welcome you to visit for the day, join us at events, become a volunteer, or even become a member!