Providing privately owned public parks is a simple description of the Central New York Land Trust. The organization was founded in 1973 and now owns 48 preserves on 2800 acres in Onondaga and Oswego counties.  

Currently the CNY Land Trust is working to increase their holdings by 13% with three acquisitions. They’re purchasing 206 acres to add to their Lockwood preserves, buying 90 additional acres for their Baltimore Woods property, which will increase the size by 50% and doubling one of their newest preserves, Three Falls Woods.  

It’s an exciting time to donate to the Central New York Land Trust. Executive Director, Albert Joerger, said, “We have a $500,000 challenge grant. So for every dollar that comes in right now it turns into two.” 

Another way to support is by attending their Summer Solstice Garden Tour and Craft Sale at Sycamore Hill Gardens. Enjoy a beautiful hike or picnic while taking in the 22 acres of formal gardens, fountains and sculptures. It’s a great family event with food, music and activities for the kids.  

Board President Rodger Smardon said, “It’s really a chance, not only for people get to know the Land Trust, appreciate the garden but also, we have about 250 members and a lot of those folks show up. It’s like a reunion.” 

The CNY Land Trust’s Summer Solstice is happening June 22nd from 11am to 4pm at the Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus.  Tickets are $6 in advance and $12 at the gates.  

To learn more about the CNY Land Trust or their Garden Tour, visit their website, cnylandtrust.org.