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

  • Nordicfest Weekends

    Join us on February 4 & 5, 11 & 12 for a trail race, Snowga, a night ski, the first Reindeer Games, and more!

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    • All Ages

  • FEBRUARY BREAK

    Each day during February Break, CNC is offering themed explorations for walk-in visitors and families.

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    • February 20, 2023 – February 24, 2023

    • Family Friendly

  • MAPLE SUGARING WEEKENDS

    Join us during the last two weekends in March for a pancake breakfast and trail demonstrations. It’s going to be sweet!

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    • All AgesFamily Friendly

TraIls & Exhibits

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.