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.

Introduction to Basket Weaving

Martin Bullis, an Oswego County artist, will instruct the fourth program in Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center's Nature Inspires Series, Introduction to Basket Weaving, on Sunday, September 28th. The workshop will begin at 2:00 pm.

During this hands on class, program participants will learn all about basketry. Bullis will conduct a brief basket weaving demonstration before the class will try their hand at it.  He will also instruct on how baskets have been used by many different cultures and describe the symbols embedded in them.
 
Martin Bullis started weaving baskets in the Fall of 1995 at the Days Gone By basket shop in Phoenix New York. Linda Sanders was his mentor and taught him all the different skills needed to weave baskets of all shapes and sizes as well as caned and woven chairs. Linda instilled in Martin an appreciation for details, history, and purpose behind each basket that we wove with each new technique. Martin has competed at the Yorker convention with an Adirondack Pack Basket where he was awarded a special judges award for exemplary craftsmanship of an historical reproduction. He has also been a weaver/demonstrator with Linda Sanders at the Great New York State Fair. Weaving baskets provides a calming and relaxing pastime that allows for good conversation, friendship, and creativity to flourish. It is Martin’s pleasure to share his passion with others and continue one of the oldest forms of artistry.
The program fee for this artistic workshop is $12.00 per kit. All tools and supplies are provided.  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. Introduction to Basket Weaving 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.

 

Ninth Annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announces the ninth annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat to be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center. This retreat will begin Friday, October 10th at 6:00 PM and run through Sunday, October 12th at noon. Whether an experienced quilter that has been making quilts for years or just discovering the rewards of quilting, this retreat is perfect. It’s packed full of great projects, quilting instruction, good food and lots of fun. Saturday evening is social time with games and prizes. Participants will make new friends while spending the weekend quilting with people who share the same interests and love for quilting.

Workshops for the weekend include: Big Block Star, Mystery Sampler, Black White & Red All Around, and Through the Windows patterns. The weekend will end on Sunday with a mini-workshop including continuous bias binding, and measuring for borders.  Quilting in the Woods Retreat also includes a break from the sewing machine with a nature walk on the trails at Amboy with an environmental educator.

The cost for the entire weekend not including materialsis $120.00.  This fee includes instructor lead workshops, four meals, numerous snacks and two nights lodging. If unable to attend the whole weekend, quilters can attend individual workshops.  Pre-registration and fee is due by Monday, September 22nd. Material lists will be sent after registration and payment is received. For more information, or to register, please call the Oswego County 4-H office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email mmm65@cornell.edu. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

 

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