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.


GSC extends a big Thank You to all the volunteers that made this Saturday's work day a success.  We had 14 volunteers come out to help in the clean up, repairs, and organization of the grounds and buildings.  We enjoyed great weather and camaraderie in getting a ton of work done.  We look forward to see more volunteers come out on next Saturday's work day (July 23rd)!

Volunteers for July Work Days are needed!

There are still numerous indoor and outdoor projects (light and heavy) for everyone.  We split the work over 2 Saturdays so you, your family, or group can come and help keep the Great Swamp in top notch shape and not take up all of your time. We had a successful first Saturday. Come and help us make the second work day as successful! After 2:00 take in one of our beautiful trails or have a picnic on the grounds and enjoy the Great Outdoors! 

July 20th through the 30th to the GSC......

GSC is displaying an exhibit of the Federal Duck Stamp original artwork. Joseph Hautman is the winner of this year’s contest with his acrylic painting of a pair of trumpeter swans. This year’s Federal Duck Stamp will be available for sale starting July 24th in the GSC gift shop.

August 6th:  Kids Fishing with Spider Rybaak

Sat 11 am – 1 pm.  Meet at Simpson Park, N. Main St, 1/8 mile south from GSC.

Free fishing lessons from Spider Rybaak.  Equipment will be provided along with door prizes. Spider is the author of the newly-released “Fishing Oneida Lake”.

Board Meeting

Board Members Notice

Tuesday August 9th: Special Training Session at 6:30 pm

Tuesday August 16: Next Board Meeting at 6:30 pm

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August 10th:  GSC and 4-H present the Summer Swamp Tromp

Time: 10am - 4pm         Cost: $25 per child
Kids ages 5-10 come spend the day exploring the swamp for cool plants, crawly bugs, jumping frogs, and more! Make crafts, play games and meet new friends! Bring a lunch while we provide the snack.   Space is limited so sign up by August 5th. For more info or to sign up email Kim at 4-h: kan58@cornell.edu
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August 13th:  Birding Basics Class

Sat  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound at this instructive program. You will receive instruction on using binoculars and how to use the field ID bird books. Then take a guided walk to look and listen for various birds. Bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them. Please call 697-2950 for more information or to register for the class.  Pre-registration is not mandatory but is requested.
August 20th:  Peregrine Falcon Lecture

Naturalist Matt Perry of Spring Farm Cares will be at the Great Swamp Conservancy August 20th at 7 pm. He will lecture about the family of Falcons that have been nesting in downtown Utica. He will share his knowledge about this magnificent Falcon with a power point presentation.  Program will be held in the museum.
Cost: $5 non members, $4 members.
August 23rd-26th:  Wings Over the Swamp Nature Academy

Kids going into grades 1st - 4th come learn about the many winged creatures that call GSC "home" through exploration, games, and crafts.

Pre-registration is required.  Deadline for registration is August 5th.  
Registration Form is available from the Events page.
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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 two meetings are not on the normal schedule:  Aug 13th and Sept 10. Please update your schedules.

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

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!