Field Studies Program at Cumming Nature Center

Field Studies Program at Cumming Nature Center

For ages 13-15 years old  | Thursdays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Forest School at Cumming Nature Center recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. 

Imagine your middle schooler out at the wetland’s edge, GPS in hand, recording the location of a wildlife camera. Nearby, another student collects bottom sediment with a Ekman Sampler to take back to the nature center for analysis. Imagine your student working with other young teens to contribute to data for a citizen science project in preparation to present their findings at a village meeting. This data helps inform the village’s approach to key environmental issues such as water quality or changes caused by a warming climate.

From soil science to wildlife management, the Field Studies Program at Cumming Nature Center will prepare students to engage thoughtfully with the natural world using scientific methods and their own curiosity to analyze and address real-world problems. They will build their relationship with the natural world through curiosity-driven conversation, hands-on projects, and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive learning environment. Through the Field Studies Program, students cultivate self-reliance, confidence, and problem-solving skills.

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For information on weekly outdoor programs for ages 0-4 or 4-12, please see below:

Toddler Forest School (ages 0-4)

Forest School (ages 4-12)


What to expect

The Field Studies Program runs from 10am-3:30pm on Thursdays. Students should expect instructional mornings including lectures, readings, and presentations. Homework in the form of research, writing, or analysis will be assigned most weeks. Students will be outdoors in all types of environments and weather, so proper clothing and gear is of the utmost importance.

About the Cumming Nature Center

Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic, 900-acre environmental education facility that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through experiential learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Educational programming at CNC explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. These programs are designed to inspire innovative and creative thinking among participants and provide them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take action in the face of local, regional, and global challenges.


Get Started with the Field Studies Program

Forest School Fees

  Fall only (14 sessions)    Spring only (18 sessions)   
1st Child  $520 $720
2nd Child $500 $700
3rd Child $480 $680

*RMSC members receive a membership discount applied upon registration.


Field Studies Program Schedule

Thursdays | 10:00am-3:30pm

Fall: Thursdays, September 10 through December 17 (except November 26) 

Spring: Thursdays, January 14 through June 10 (except February 18, March 18, and April 15)


Register for Fall 2020

Space is limited for the Field Studies Program, so secure your student’s spot today! Please call 585.374.6160 with any questions.

Download the Field Studies Program Application

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