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.

School program slots are full through June, with the exception of smaller group sizes. Please call 585.374.6160 with inquiries.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LEARNING!

Not all school districts have the resources to bring their students for an immersive experience like a field trip at the RMSC.

Through the generous investments of members and supporters like you, we are able to offer financial assistance to schools with financial needs. Please consider a gift to send a curious mind on a field trip they will never forget!

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 585.374.6160 and we will answer any questions you have.

WE OFFER THREE TYPES OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCES TO BEST FIT YOUR NEEDS:

  • In-Person Field Trips: Guided or self-guided experiences
  • CNC Delivers: Live science experiences at your site
  • Virtual Field Trips: Highly interactive sessions via Zoom

BRING YOUR CURRICULUM TO LIFE & PLAN YOUR VISIT!

Once you have perused our offerings and are ready to request a program, fill out the form below. You can expect to hear back from our School Programs Coordinator within 3-5 business days.

School program slots for the 2023-24 school year are full. Please call 585.374.6160 with inquiries for summer or fall programs.

**PLEASE NOTE: School field trip prices will increase to $10 per student for programs scheduled to take place after July 1, 2024.

Admission and Transportation scholarships

Thanks to generous contributions from the community, the RMSC has limited scholarship opportunities available to fund educational experiences! Follow the button below to explore options for funding.

  • Beaver Ecology

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

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  • 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.

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  • Ecological Explorations

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

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  • Field Journal Journey

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

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  • Field Journaling – Virtual

    Grades 4-9 | Discover the natural history of field journaling and what value a field journal can have for individuals and citizen science.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Nature Awareness

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

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  • Plant & 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.

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  • Self Guided Nature Walk

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

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  • 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.

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  • Winter Ecology

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

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