Cumming Nature Center

Programs & Events

Discover something new each time you visit the Cumming Nature Center. From maple sugaring to guided hikes to blacksmithing, a trip to the Nature Center is sure to be fun for the whole family!

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  • Blacksmithing

    Explore blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on sessions with expert instructor Jonathan Bernard.

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    • Adults

  • CANCELED: Full Moon Ski

    Come and glide down the lantern-lit Beaver Trail during this magical nighttime ski!

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    • Friday, February 23

    • Adults 18+

  • Eco-Book Club

    Our monthly book club explores fiction and non-fiction books with an environmental emphasis, pairing each book with a hike.

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    • First Thursday of each month

    • Adults

  • Eco-Horror Movie Nights

    Humanity and nature don’t always get along…what happens when nature fights back?

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    • October 19 & 26

    • Adults

  • February Break

    Enjoy live animal presentations, ski lessons, and more during February Break at CNC!

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    • February 20, 2023 – February 24, 2023

    • Family Friendly

  • First Day Hike

    Join us on New Year’s Day for a 5-mile hike full of poetry, friendship, and energy for the year ahead.

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    • January 1, 2024

    • All Ages

  • FLX FERMENTATION FEST

    FLX Fermentation Fest celebrates the science and flavors of fermentation. From sourdough to sauerkraut, we’ll have something for everyone!

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    • August 12

    • AdultsFamily Friendly

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  • FROST TOWN TRAIL FEST

    Start the summer with a challenge when you tackle our annual 10k or 25k trail run.

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    • June 8

    • Adults

  • HOLIDAY GNOME ROAM

    The gnomes have migrated back to the Nature Center for the winter, and for one special weekend they’re getting ready for the holidays!

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    • December 15 & 16

    • All Ages

  • INFINITE FERMENTATION

    Join FLX Fermentation Fest keynote speaker, Soirée-Leone, for a hands-on class about infinite fermentation.

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    • Adults

  • INTRO TO CHEESEMAKING

    Join FLX Fermentation Fest keynote speaker, Soirée-Leone, for an introductory class on cheesemaking.

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    • Adults

  • Invasive Species Awareness Week

    Join us this week to learn, explore, and participate in themed hikes, discussions, and activities that help us better our environment!

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    • All Ages

  • MYCO MANIA

    Explore the wonders of mushrooms and other fungi during Myco Mania at CNC!

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    • Sunday, September 17

    • AdultsFamily Friendly

  • Naples Community Eclipse Party

    Join the Nature Center at the Naples Community Park to watch the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.

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    • April 8

    • All AgesFamily Friendly

  • Native Gardening for Wildlife & Pollinators

    Join Ellen Folts to learn more about using native plants to attract and support native wildlife and pollinators.

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    • June 2

    • All Ages

  • Orchestra in the Pines

    Bask beneath the majestic red pines of Cumming Nature Center while listening to the sweet strains of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

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    • July 13, 2024 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    • AdultsFamily Friendly

  • Sketch with the Artists

    Join artists from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for a special “Sketch with the Artists” event.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • February 24

    • All Ages

  • Tardigrade Day

    Explore the amazing microscopic world of tardigrades with a talk, hike, and family-friendly activities!

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    • April 20th

    • All Ages

  • Volunteer Trail Work Days

    Help us keep our trails and landscape beautiful by volunteering at one of our work days.

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    • Adults

  • Walden Open House

    Experience The Walden Project firsthand by attending an Open House at Cumming Nature Center.

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    • July 8, 2023 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Weekend Wild Walks

    Explore ecology topics through walks, talks, and family-friendly activities alongside one of our expert educators!

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    • Saturdays, 10:30am

    • All Ages

  • Wild Walk: Animal Tracks & Signs

    Practice your skills at reading animal signs in the winter woods and learn more about animals in winter.

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    • February 24

    • All Ages

  • Wild Walk: Winter Ecology Hike

    Explore the history of snowshoes before hitting the trail to test this ancient technology.

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    • January 27

    • All Ages

  • Wild Walk: Winter Insects

    Discover the amazing ways some insects have adapted to winter!

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    • February 10

    • All Ages

  • Winter Solstice Celebration

    Join us on our reopening weekend to celebrate the winter solstice.

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    • December 16, 2023

    • All Ages

  • Workshops at CNC

    Escape to the woods and use your hands to create, cultivate, or learn something new during our summer workshop series.

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    • Ongoing

    • Adults

  • Yoga in the Pines

    Enjoy an invigorating, meditative yoga experience in the cathedral pines with Lynne Boucher of Yoga Revolution.

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    • Jun 30, Jul 28 & Aug 25

    • Adults 18+