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.

 

Feeding Our Feathered Friends

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will be presenting a public program, Feeding our Feathered Friends, on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 pm.   Late autumn and winter is a wonderful time for people to become acquainted with the avian friends who share all our seasons of the year.  Feeding Our Feathered Friends features a slide presentation and talk with naturalist Pat Carney to introduce the real snow birds and local song birds that endure the rigors of winter with us.  Birds’ habitat, foraging techniques and seed preferences will be discussed.  Following the indoor program, the group will talk a short wander along the trails to look for some of these feathered friends.  Everyone should dress for a cool weather walk.  A limited number of binoculars are available for use. 

There is a $3.00 program 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.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Introduction to Wood Carving in Relief

Penny Kimball, an Oswego County artist, will instruct the last program in Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center's Nature Inspires Series, Introduction to Wood Carving in Relief, on Sunday, November 23rd. The workshop will begin at 2:00 pm.

During this hands on class, program participants will learn all about wood carving in relief as they carve a holiday ornament. Wood relief carving is most easily explained as carving pictures into the flat surface.  Chisels and gouges along with a mallet are the common tools used. Carving tools and supplies are provided; however, participants can bring their own set of tools if desired.

Penny Kimball, resident of Orwell Oswego County, starting carving a few years ago. Her initial purpose for learning to carve was to create marionette heads for her puppets. However, now she has fallen in love with this art form and wants to carve everything.

The program fee for this artistic workshop is $8.00 per person. This hands-on workshop does require registration since seating is limited. For safety reasons, the class is open to individuals 12 years of age and older. 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. Introduction to Woodcarving in Relief is being held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center located on State Route 183 in eastern Oswego County.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Wreaths for Wildlife

The holiday decorating season is here, but not everyone remembers the feathered and furred forest friends around their homes during the preparations. It is not too late or early to get started by attending Wreaths for Wildlife at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014 starting at 2:00 pm.  Participants will be constructing beautiful outdoor holiday evergreen wreaths that are garnished with nutritious treats for cardinals, woodpeckers, squirrels and other woodland friends.  Space is limited for this program and pre-registration is required.   It is recommended that program attendees bring needle nose or regular pliers and a hammer, wand wear garden gloves. The fee for this special program is $12.00 per wreath. There is a limit of two wreaths per family.

To pre-register or learn more about the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Youth Development Program, 963-7286 ext. 401.  The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183, one mile south of Williamstown. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. 

 

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown.   For information about the facility and its programming, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Office Monday through Friday at 315-963-7286.  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