Cumming Nature Center

900 acres. 15 miles of trails. Unlimited wonder.

Get up close with nature at our 900 acre preserve nestled in the Finger Lakes. Explore 15 miles of hiking and ski trails, take in an exhibit at the Visitor Center, and enjoy year-round events and environmental education programs.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

  • 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+

  • 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

TraIls & Exhibits

  • Bruce Zaretsky art

    Discover stunning pieces that celebrate and explore wildlife and Cumming Nature Center landscape in Bruce’s Natural Impressions and Beautiful Extinction.

    • Hurst Gallery
    • April 17, 2024 – August 16, 2024

  • Is It Local?

    View wildlife up close and explore each animal’s relationship to the local landscape.

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  • Nature Play Room

    Unlatch animal boxes, tinker at the touch table, hide animals within their habitiat, and more!

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Forest School

Forest School provides children with the space to nurture their relationship with nature through curiosity-driven learning, unstructured play, hands-on projects and basic outdoor skills development.

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The Walden Project

The Walden Project – NY is a year-long educational experience for high school and gap year students located at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY. We offer interdisciplinary education in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on academic independence and freedom.

Take your next event outdoors

The striking natural landscape of the Cumming Nature Center is the perfect place to create memories that will last a lifetime with family and friends. Whether you are dreaming of a wedding beneath the pines or planning the ultimate Forest School birthday, our staff will help you plan and host the event you imagine!

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Take your learning outdoors

Explore a world of immersive environmental education programs at the Cumming Nature Center. From summer camps to field trips, there’s something here for everyone!

Field Trips

Bring your curriculum to life with a field trip to our 900 acre preserve. Our expert environmental educators offer engaging programs for every season.

Curiosity Camps @ CNC

Explore summer and break week Curiosity Camps with exciting opportunities for young minds ages 6-15.

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Whether your group wants to earn a badge or simply have a unique outdoor adventure, you’re sure to leave with a fun-filled educational experience.


Discover three floors filled with over 200 interactive science and history theme exhibits and science demonstrations.

Take a trip across the universe in our 65ft domed Star theater. Explore Star shows, laser shows, and featured giant screen films.