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Central New York Community Explores Onondaga Lake’s Restored Wetlands

Central New York Community Explores Onondaga Lake’s Restored Wetlands

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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

To learn more about the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps or participate in future activities, please contact Chris Lajewski at montezuma@audubon.org or call 315-365-3588.

Community Members Invited to Friday Open House Sessions at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

Free Tours Provide an Opportunity to Learn about Lake Cleanup and Habitat Enhancements

Open house sessions at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center are being held on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To date, more than 17,000 community members have toured the center and have learned about the lake cleanup firsthand.

The Visitors Center is located along the southwest shoreline of Onondaga Lake in Geddes. It was designed and built by Honeywell to provide public access to the significant work that has taken place.

The Visitors Center is located along the southwest shoreline of Onondaga Lake in Geddes. It was designed and built by Honeywell to provide public access to the significant work that has taken place.

As part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, Honeywell has restored about 90 acres of wetlands, and about 1.1 million native plants are being planted. The restored wetlands have become home to more than 250 wildlife species. More than 120 unique bird species have been identified in and around Onondaga Lake, including several species categorized as threatened or of special interest in New York State. In 2015, Honeywell received Audubon New York’s Thomas W. Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award for its leadership in the cleanup, “one of the most ambitious environmental reclamation projects in the United States.”

From significant improvements in water quality to the return of native plants and animals, the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center allows community members to see the progress being made to restore the natural beauty and value of Onondaga Lake and adjacent habitats.

The Visitors Center regularly hosts group tours, including school groups. To schedule a group tour, please call 315-552-9751 or submit this form.

The Visitors Center regularly hosts group tours, including school groups. To schedule a group tour, please call 315-552-9751 or submit this form.

TO ACCESS THE VISITORS CENTER: From Points West: Take I-690 East to Exit 7, turn left onto State Fair Boulevard, take the first left passing under I-690, drive straight toward the lake and follow signs to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center. From Points East: Take I-690 West to Exit 7, turn right at the off ramp and follow signs to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center.

For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, please visit www.lakecleanup.com.