Features
  • 150 Acres of mixed woods and wetlands
  • 3 miles of marked hiking trails also suitable for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Adirondack lean-to
  • Miller Cabin Nature Museum
  • Dormitory and kitchen facilities for 60
  • Wildlife feeding stations
  • Beaver Pond observation deck
  • Wetlands observation deck
  • Don MacVean Memorial Pavilion for 200
  • Handicap accessible trail
 
Downloads
Amboy Trail Map
Brochure
Field Trips/Guided Programs
 
 
 
Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

Looking for a fun activity where you can enjoy the outdoors? Visit the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center! We have a number of low-cost programs (to see our schedule click here) and our trails are open during the day for leisure nature walks!

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, located at 748 Rte 183, between Routes 69 and 13, near Williamstown, owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County's 4-H Program, consists of 150 acres of mixed woods, wetlands, and Rowell Brook.
Three miles of hiking trails guide visitors through the ecosystems and are available to the public year round, from dusk until dawn.

Throughout the year, a few of programs are availabl

Summer Wildflower Wander

Come delight in an afternoon stroll with Pat Carney, to meet and greet the "little people" of the forest floor and fields on Sunday July 20, 2014 at 2:00pm. The group will amble along the center's open spaces and trails, exploring Evening Primrose, Lady's Thumb, Fleabane and other flowers whose common names and stories can be as colorful as their blossoms.  A slide presentation will be offered in case of inclement weather.     

There is a $3.00 fee per person with a family rate of $12.00. Children under the age of 3 are free.   The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.  Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County if you choose to pre-register for this program, 963-7286, ext. 401.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

 

The Art of Quilling

Melissa Crocetti, Oswego County artist, will instruct the third program in Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center's Nature Inspires Series on Monday, August 4th. The Art of Quilling workshop will begin at 6:30 pm.

Quilling or paper filigree is the art form of cutting and rolling narrow strips of paper into coils of several sizes to create designs. Strips of paper are curled, twisted and manipulated by fingers or tools. The process, which dates back to at least the 13th Century, originated with religious orders who used the gilded edges of old manuscripts to decorate religious artifacts. It is believed the paper was curled around the base of a quill (or feather), hence the name quilling. Today, this art form is resurging in popularity with some modern day techniques and tools.    

Guest artist, Melissa Crocetti, is trained in graphic arts but has always done drawing and painting. She combines her love of drawing and painting with the crafting arts to create her whimsical paper sculptures.  Many of her sculptures are replicas of flowers, small animals and other natural items found in her backyard. Crocetti's artwork has earned her several community awards. She is a member of the Red Door Artisans, LLC located in Cicero, New York.

During The Art of Quilling workshop, attendees will watch a demonstration on quilling before they try their hand at it. All tools and supplies are provided. The program fee for this artistic workshop is $13.00 per kit.  This hands-on workshop does require registration since seating is limited. To register for this program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286 ext. 401. 

Nature Inspires is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. The Art of Quilling is being held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center located on State Route 183 in eastern Oswego County.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs. 

WaterWorld Hike

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will be presenting a public program on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 10:00 am. Kids of all ages are invited to come for a “wet and wild” summer morning adventure.  Participants will hike through Rowell Brook, investigating wildlife that live in and near the brook.  Feet will get wet and hands will be busy while everyone explores for crayfish, minnows, insect larva and other waterworld creatures. Everyone is requested to wear old clothes and footgear (old sneakers or water shoes, no flip-flops please). 

There is a $3.00 fee per person with a family rate of $12.00. Children under the age of 3 are free.   Pre-registration is helpful, but not mandatory.  The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183 in Amboy, eastern Oswego County.  Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County if you choose to pre-register for this program, 963-7286, ext. 401.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

 

Directions
  • From Syracuse: Take Rt. 81 North to Parish, exit 33, for Rt. 69. Follow instructions "From Parish"
  • From Parish: Take Rt. 69 East for 9 miles into Amboy Center. Turn left onto Rt. 183 for 4 miles. The entrance is on the right
  • From Pulaski: Take Rt. 13 Southeast into Williamstown. Turn right onto Rt 183 for 1 mile. The entrance is on the left
  • From Camden: Take Rt. 13 Northwest to Williamstown. Turn left onto Rt. 183 for 1 mile. The entrance is on the left.
  • From Oswego: Take Rt. 104 East to its end at Rt. 13. Turn right onto Rt. 13. Follow instruction "From Pulaski."
   
Facility Rental

Buildings and Grounds:

Evergreen Lodge: Provides dormitory and restroom facilities. Up to 60 people can sleep in the lodge and the restroom facilities include shower stalls.

Dunn Lodge: Main meeting and kitchen facility. Kitchen contains two refrigerators, stove, microwave, pots and pans, plates, glasses, and utensils. Blackboard, tables, and chairs are also a part of the lodge.

Don MacVean Pavilion: Seats up to 200 people

Paul and Theresa Schoeck Education Building: Open during public programs.

Dunn and Evergreen Lodges each have telephone (for emergency use only)
electricity, running water, and a woodstove.
Both facilities are wheelchair accessible.

User Fees:
Rental Fees:  
  • Day use: $5.00/person/day ( Min. fee $50.00)
  • Overnight: $8.00/person/day (Min. fee $130.00 )

Oswego County 4-H Clubs: Field Trip Fee:
  • $15.00/night/club
  • $2.00/person or $25.00 minimum
   
Guided Nature Programs/Field Trips
For more information please contact our offices at: 315-963-7286 or download brochure