The Cumming Nature Center is Now Open!

Please visit our admissions page to learn about the changes to our visitor experience. Learn more.

Enjoy your visit!

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The Cumming Nature Center is a 900-acre environmental education center located seven miles north of Naples and seven miles south of Honeoye, New York, in the Bristol Hills.

Become one with nature as you trek through the outdoors on guided hikes. Take advantage of the winter months and cross-country ski and snowshoe. Participate in our many programs, including our annual Maple Sugaring event.


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Reopening with Your Safety in Mind

Adventures at the RMSC might look a little different, but the exciting experience of discovery and exploration will be the same. As we reopen the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center, we ask you to work together with us to keep the RMSC a safe space for yourself, for all visitors, and for our staff. 

See below to learn about the changes to the visitor experience. 

What we’re doing to keep you safe

  • Limiting visitor capacity.
  • Encouraging visitors to purchase advanced tickets online. Onsite ticket purchases will also be accepted. 
    • Please note, RMSC Members and Pines Pass holders do not have to make reservations for their visit in advance, they can simply show their membership card at the Welcome Desk. 
  • Implementing social distancing with signage, spacing markers, and route paths.
  • Providing physical barriers such as plexiglass shields in customer service areas.
  • Temporarily closing some hands-on, interactive exhibits and play areas.
  • Providing substantial access to hand sanitizer and encouraging hand washing often.
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.
  • Regularly sanitizing picnic tables outside the Nature Center and spacing them 6 feet apart to accommodate for social distancing.
  • 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 head to the Nature Center.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet when passing others on the trail regardless of other’s behavior.
  • Step to the side of a trail, wait at the end of a bridge, and do not enter the restrooms until other visitors have left and social distancing is possible
  • Wear a mask. This is required for any visitor over the age of 2. If you cannot wear a mask for health reasons, you are required to wear a face shield. If you do not have a mask you can purchase one from the Nature Center 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.
  • Please be patient – don’t crowd around waiting areas. 
  • Practice social distancing and remain 6 feet away from others not in your party. Keep children within reach at all times.
  • Follow the directional signage throughout the Nature Center.

RMSC Cleaning and Sanitation Standards

We have worked diligently to develop new procedures that ensure a safe environment for all who come through our doors. This includes making our rigorous sanitation procedures public, mandatory COVID-19 safety training for all staff members and volunteers, limiting building capacity, and modifications to day-to-day operations and exhibits. 

We will continue to rely on guidance from CDC, New York State Department of Health, and Monroe County Health Department to make operational decisions and adjustments as necessary. 

Cleaning & Sanitation Standards

  • RMSC custodial staff is on-site before, during, and after 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 using electrostatic sprayers to eliminate the spread of germs throughout each day
  • The Star Theater chairs, railings and other high touch areas will be disinfected after every show.
  • 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.
  • Visitors are encouraged to notify Museum staff if an area or object needs immediate attention.

Cumming Nature Center Admission

  • FREE for RMSC members
  • FREE for CNC Pine Pass members
  • $3 per person for general public
  • $10 per family for general public
  • $5 for skiing & snowshoeing (admission covers maintenance of trails during snow season) 
  • Dogs are welcome!

Additional charges may apply for certain programs 

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Hours

Wednesday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Trail sweep begins 30 minutes before closing, weather permitting.


Location/Directions

RMSC Cumming Nature Center
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.

Cumming Nature Center Pines Pass

Now you can purchase a membership specifically for the Cumming Nature Center.

Benefits:

  • Family entry to Cumming Nature Center: Free
  • Snowshoe rental: 20% discount
  • Ski rental: 20% discount
  • Discount for Cumming Nature Center programs: 10% discount
  • Birthday party privileges

Price: $55

Become a Pines Pass Member!

Visit the Nature Center Welcome Desk to order


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The Rochester Museum & Science Center ranked #3 in the Kids Out and About's Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Greater Rochester Area.

The Cumming Nature Center ranked #12 in the Kids Out and About's Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Greater Rochester Area.


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