School Visits to the Nature Center

School Visits to the Nature Center

General Information

Bring your class on an unforgettable journey into the Bristol Hills. Cumming Nature Center is a 900-acre environmental education center seven miles north of Naples and seven miles south of Honeoye. Our hands-on programs will bring science to life.

Cumming Nature Center Check-In

Before your visit, please read the information you receive with your confirmation carefully.

On the day of your visit, please to go the Visitor’s Center with your reservation confirmation and your exact total head count including students, teachers, chaperones and bus drivers. To ease the check-in process, please ask one person from your group to check in with your head count and payment. Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card, or purchase order.

Restrooms are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Courtesy Guidelines

  • The Cumming Nature Center is a “carry in, carry out” facility, so please be prepared to take your trash home when you leave.
  • Please behave respectfully towards the plants and animals on the center property as well as towards other students, teachers, and nature center staff.
  • Teachers and chaperones should stay with the students and are responsible for their behavior throughout the visit.

Cumming Nature Center Programs and Pricing

You may select one of the guided programs in this chart or the self-guided nature walk on any of the five trails described below. We recommend 2 hours for a guided program, although the length can be adjusted. Educators can also choose to enrich their visit with a film on beavers, bird or endangered species in the center’s Riedman Theater. For questions or to make your reservation, call RMSC Group Scheduling at 585.697.1942.

$6 per student for guided programs
$3 per student for self-guided nature walk

One adult free for every five students; additional adults pay the student rate.

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Self-Guided Nature Walks include:

The Beaver Trail introduces you to the important cycles of nature. You will see forest, stream, marsh, and meadow habitats rich with plant and animal life on your way to an observation tower overlooking a 35-acre beaver pond. See first-hand one of the most stunning examples of an animal's interaction with its environment.

The Helen Gordon Trail is an outdoor art gallery with paintings by artists Jerry Czech and Helen Edinger to acquaint you with the birds and other animals of the area.

The Haudenosaunee Trail paintings by Seneca artist Ernest Smith introduce the fascinating culture and tradition of the Haudenosaunee and evoke images of a time long past.

The Pioneer Trail features a reconstructed 18th-century homestead and interpretive signs that tell of the lives of early settlers.

The Conservation Trail communicates our forest conservation and management practices. Trail signs identify tree species and explain their uses to both wildlife and humans. These, along with a working sawmill and a replica of a fire tower, show how informed management practices can result in a sustainable, mature forest.


Guided Programs include:

Guided programs are differentiated by grade level, last two hours unless you request a shorter duration and are available September to November and April to June unless otherwise noted.

Introduction to Natural Communities (Grades 2-4)

Grade 2: Explore the woods to discover how all living things are connected through food chains and the relationships between consumers, producers and decomposers.

Grades 3-4: Discover how all living things in the woods are connected through food chains and the relationships between consumers, producers and decomposers.

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Sensing Nature (Grades Pre-K-2)

Discover the beauty and complexity of the natural world through activities that engage all the senses.


Maple Sugaring (Grades K-12)

March 19 to April 4

Learn how maple syrup, first made in this area by the Haudenosaunee, is produced. Discover how green plants create sugar.

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Pioneer Life (Grades 2-5)

Through role playing and hands-on activities at the pioneer farmstead, immerse yourself in the lives

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Ecological Communities (Grades 3-7)

Compare field, forest and pond communities to gain insight into habitat, succession, food webs, and population dynamics

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Falling Leaves (Grades 3-5)

Fall Season Only. Explore why trees lose their leaves in the autumn and how animals prepare for winter.

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Winter Ecology (Grades 3-8)

January through February, examine how plants and animals adapt to winter. Hunt for tracks and other evidence of animal activity.

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