Reminder: ALL visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting the CNC, regardless of vaccination status.

Plan Your Visit!

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Cumming Nature Center (CNC) is a dynamic environmental education center that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Nestled between Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, our 900-acre preserve is as beautiful as it is vast. Visitors can explore the Visitors Center and hike more than 15 miles of trails through diverse habitats. From rare hemlock bogs to active beaver ponds to our iconic 90-year old red pine stand, there’s something for everyone at CNC!

Restrooms and snacks are available in the Visitors Center. Call 585.374.6160 with group-related inquiries. Professional photographers looking to host a photo shoot can find permit information here: Photography Policy & Permit Information.


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Notice: ALL visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when indoors visiting the RMSC’s Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center.

Location/Directions

The Cumming Nature Center is located an hour south of Rochester, NY, and 10 minutes north of Naples, NY. 

6472 Gulick Road
Naples, NY 14512

Phone: 585.374.6160

Fax: 585.374.8286

Directions from Rochester, NY and points north 

  • Take Interstate 390 south to Routes 5 & 20.
  • Proceed east to Route 15A in Lima.
  • Go south on Route 15A to Route 20A in Hemlock.
  • Head east on Route 20A to East Lake Road in Honeoye.
  • Proceed south on East Lake Road to County Road 33. There are signs to point the way from the junction of East Lake Road and County Road 33.
  • Turn east on County Road 33, and then southeast on Pinewood Hill Road. This becomes Gulick Road, and the CNC entrance will be on your right.

Directions from Naples, NY and points south

  • From Main Street in Naples (State Route 21), turn onto Clark Street (County Hwy 36), heading north.
  • Take first right onto Gulick Road.
  • Follow Gulick Road for 7 miles.
  • CNC will be on your left.

Hours & Admission

Winter Hours

Wednesday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Winter Admission (Dec. - Mar.)

Additional charges may apply for special events or programs. Dogs are welcome, but must stay on-leash. Professional photographers looking to host a photo shoot can find permit information here: Photography Policy & Permit Information.

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Winter Info & Rentals

Winter is a beautiful time of year at Cumming Nature Center! Enjoy 12 miles of groomed ski trails and a 3-mile loop for snowshoeing. Rentals are available during open hours and are first-come, first-served.

Rental Fees

  • Ski package (skis, poles and shoes): $15
  • Snowshoes: $5
  • Ski Pulk: $15/hour
 
Ski Lessons

We offer cross-country ski lessons on Saturdays and Sundays (snow-willing!) during ski season. All ski lessons are dependent on weather conditions - please call to confirm conditions before booking!

Get Gliding! Group Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing

This is a quick introductory lesson to the elements of nordic skiing. This 30-minute group lesson meets in the side yard and will cover basic how-tos, such as: weight transfer, push-off, body position, poling, diagonal stride, snowplow stop, side step, and getting up after you fall down.

Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30am, 11:15am, 2pm, & 2:45pm

Cost: $15 per person, $25 with ski rental

REGISTER FOR GET GLIDING

Hit-the-Trail! Group Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing & Terrain Skills 

This hour long lesson includes the skills covered in Get Gliding! and offers additional on-the-trail experience to practice navigating the landscape including hills and turning.

Saturdays & Sundays: 12:30pm

Cost: $25 per person, $35 with ski rental

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Backcountry Ski Tour! 

Imagine spending a day in winter woods with your friends and family, gliding along our beautiful, groomed winter trails. The Backcountry Ski Tour is a unique, fun experience for up to 10 people. We offer two versions of the Backcountry Ski Tour: more intrepid groups can spend the day exploring the rugged Wilderness Trail, while groups with beginner or young skiers can choose an afternoon gliding along our easier trails. Both options include a break around the campfire to share hot drinks and lunch.

Each tour begins with a skills review lesson in the yard before the group enjoys a naturalist-led, guided ski tour and a hot lunch along the trail.

By reservation only, the tour must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Tours generally run from 10am to 2:30pm. Advanced payment required.

Cost: $250 per group (up to ten people, ski rentals not included)

REGISTER FOR A BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR

*Registration for Backcountry Ski Tours closes 72 hours in advance. Please call for any last-minute requests.


COVID Safety 

Your safety is our top priority. See below to learn about our COVID policies and procedures to create a safe space for all.

What we’re doing to keep you safe

  • Reservations are not required for members or visitors, but visitors are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets online. Onsite ticket purchases will also be accepted. RMSC Members can simply show their membership card when they arrive as normal. 
  • Providing substantial access to hand sanitizer and encouraging hand washing often.
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.
  • For more information, see RMSC’s Cleaning and Sanitation Standards below.

What we’re asking our visitors to do 

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Purchase tickets in advance before you visit.
  • Wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, you can purchase one from the RMSC Welcome Desk for $1. 
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and be sure to cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay with your party when walking through the Nature Center, and keep children within reach at all times.
  • Please be patient – don’t crowd around exhibits or trails. Practice social distancing and remain 6 feet away from others not in your party. 

RMSC Cleaning and Sanitation Standards 

We have worked diligently to ensure a safe environment for all who come through our doors. We will continue to rely on guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and Ontario County Health Department to make operational decisions and adjustments as necessary. 

Cleaning & Sanitation Standards

  • RMSC custodial staff is on-site before, during, and after the Museum, Nature Center, and Planetarium operating hours to sanitize and clean the restrooms, cafe, common areas, and exhibit galleries.
  • Staff are frequently cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and highly interactive and hands-on surfaces.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the Museum, Planetarium, and Nature Center.
  • Staff and volunteers are required to frequently wash their hands and to not come to work if they are sick or have a fever.

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The Rochester Museum & Science Center ranked #3 in the Kids Out and About's (KOAA) Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Greater Rochester Area. RMSC was also voted as the KOAA Reader Favorite STEM Educator.

The Cumming Nature Center ranked #10 in the Kids Out and About's Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Greater Rochester Area.


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