PLEASE NOTE: RMSC Cumming Nature Center is closed from Sunday, November 13 through Tuesday, December 13. Re-opening will be on Wednesday, December 14. Trails and buildings are closed to the public until that date.

Cumming Nature Center

Field Trips

Embark on a journey of discovery with your students at the Cumming Nature Center. We offer school programs in every season, exploring topics from climate change to maple sugaring to spring amphibians. Find the program to match your curriculum needs using the search tool below or call us at 585.374.6160 and we’ll help you identify the best program for your class.

Child holding magnifying glass
IMG_4653
IMG_8034

Educator Programs

Explore school programs using our Program Search below. This tool is designed to help you find the RMSC experience that best fits your needs. As always, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 585.697.1942 and we will answer any questions you have.

Please note: as of September 1, 2022 the RMSC will no longer offer Monday school programs while the Museum & Science Center is closed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

  • Animal Defenses

    Grades 1-4 | This adventure explores the unique defense mechanisms that our local plants, animals, and other critters use to protect and defend themselves.

    • Cumming Nature Center, Virtual
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences, RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site, Virtual Experiences

  • Beaver Ecology

    Grades 3-7 | Discover adaptations, natural and cultural history of beavers.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Climate and Our Changing Forest

    Grade 5-12 | Explore how a changing climate affects flora and fauna, and collect data valuable to citizen science projects.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Earthskills

    K-5 | Students will discover how to tune in to nature through games and activities involving stealth and observation while practicing survival skills like shelter, fire building, woodcraft, and more.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Ecological Explorations

    Grades 5-8 | Collect data from field, forest and pond communities to gain insight into communities, succession, food webs, and population dynamics.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Field Journal Journey

    Grades 4-12 | Explore the complexity and biodiversity of the natural world through observation and data collection using field journals.

    • Cumming Nature Center, Virtual
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences, RMSC Delivers: Experiences at Your Site, Virtual Experiences

  • Focus on Native Frogs

    Grades 3-5 | This is a fun and dirty adventure that explores the amazing adaptations, lifecycle, and habit of the native frogs in our region.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Introduction to Natural Communities

    Grades 2-5 | Explore the woods to discover how all living things are connected through food chains and the relationships between consumers, producers and decomposers.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Maple Sugaring

    Grades K-5 | From the Haudenosaunee to the American pioneers, and on to modern day methods, the time-honored tradition of making maple syrup blends both history and ecology.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Nature Awareness

    PreK-2 | Discover the beauty and complexity of the natural world through activities that engage all the senses.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Self Guided Nature Walk

    PreK – 12 | Embark on a self-guided nature walk at Cumming Nature Center!

    • Cumming Nature Center
  • Ticks Up Close

    Grades 3-8 | Students will use microscopes to observe local tick species, learn how the most common tick species on the East Coast spread Lyme disease, and discuss the many ecosystem and climate factors that control tick populations.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Water Monitors

    Grades 5-12 | This field study examines the features of clean water. Students will collect usable data on a Cumming Nature Center creek by collecting benthic macroinverebrates, performing chemical tests, measuring physical characteristics of one of the healthiest creeks in the region.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences

  • Winter Ecology

    Grades 5-12 | Examine how plants and animals adapt to winter.

    • Cumming Nature Center
    • Cumming Nature Center Experiences, Virtual Experiences