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Green Lakes Nature Center

7900 Green Lakes Rd.

Fayetteville, NY 13066



The nature center at Green Lakes State Park in Manlius, New York, USA.


Part of the Green Lakes State Park in the Town of Manlius in Onondaga County, the nature center building is located in the Pine Wood camping area. It is generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day (late May through early September) and is open only certain days of the week. Call in advance to make sure it's open when you plan to visit. The parks charges an entrance fee at certain times of the year.


The nature center is a very small building that can only accommodate equally small groups. The activities that take place in the building seem to depend on the interests of the individual (usually a college student) who is staffing the center.


There is some information attached to the walls of the interior of the building, but it is generally too high for children to read and may contain vocabulary that is beyond that of the early grades.


There are currently no guided tours of the park by the naturalist nor many interpretative signs, though there are a few.


During the season when the center is open, there are some programs of interest to campers that are posted on the exterior of the center's door.


The park itself is definitely worth a visit. What the park has to offer is listed in detail on the park's own page as are maps.


Wildlife rehabilitator Cendy Page of page Wildlife Center in Manlius, New York gives a talk on birds of prey to a packed house at Green Lakes State Park. Page is holding a turkey vulture. Behind her (from right to left) are a Harris's hawk, a peregrine falcon, and an American kestrel.


Dogs are permitted in the park and must be leashed at all times.


Erie Canal Museum

Clark Reservation State Park

Old Erie Canal State Park

Onondaga Lake Park

Note: An entrance to the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park is directly across the road from the entrance to Green Lakes State Park. You can park in the Green Lakes parking lot and walk across the road. The trail at this point is either paved or cinders. A main entrance to the Canal Park is about 1 mi./1.6 km. to the west at the junction of State Rts. 257 & 290. There is parking there as well and a small box next to the trail that sometimes has maps. There is also a standing billboard there with a map of the trail. 


Updated 31 August 2010








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