First Fridays in the Field at the Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Photo: FLLT

Photo: FLLT


2:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.


Hinchcliff Family Preserve — town of Spafford


Please contact Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman by emailing or calling (607) 275-9487 to let us know if you are able to join us.


The Hinchcliff Family Preserve has quickly become one of the Land Trust’s most popular preserves. However, this summer has wreaked havoc on the area around the south end of Skaneateles Lake and on the preserve. In early July, heavy storms caused flash flooding which washed away two footbridges and eroded a part of the parking area and stone trail.

Your help is needed to help create better, temporary crossings on the creeks, as well as spread gravel and wood chips around the parking area and trail head. We will be lifting heavy rocks, and working in a creek bed, so consider bringing waterproof boots. Please note that a moderate hike may be required to access one of the work sites.

It is suggested that you wear sturdy footwear, and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. The Land Trust will provide tools and work gloves, but feel free to bring your own if you have a favorite pair. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided!


The Hinchcliff Family Preserve lies at the end of Covey Road off Route 41 in Spafford, Onondaga County. From Skaneateles, take Route 41 south for 14 miles, then turn right onto Covey Road. The preserve’s parking lot lies at the end of the road. From Ithaca or Cortland, take Route 13 north to Route 281 north, then take a left onto Route 41 north in Homer. Stay on Route 41 north for about 11 miles, then take a left onto Covey Road to the preserve.

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