Cumming Nature Center will be closed to the public from Monday, November 16, through Friday, December 18.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 19!

Plan Your Visit!

Photo of the trails at CNC

Welcome to the Cumming Nature Center

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!

NOTE: Cumming Nature Center will be closed to the public from Monday, November 16, through Friday, December 18. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 19!

Restrooms and snacks are available in the Visitors Center. Call 585.374.6160 with group-related inquiries. 


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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.

Hours & Admission

Cumming Nature Center is open Wednesday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Trails close 30 minutes before the Nature Center building closes.

Tickets

  • FREE for RMSC members and CNC Pine Pass members
  • $3 per person/$10 per family for the general public
  • $5 per person/$15 per family during skiing & snowshoeing season

Additional charges may apply for special exhibitions or programs. Dogs are welcome, but must stay on-leash.

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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.

NOTE: Cumming Nature Center will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, November 16, through Friday, December 18. Please plan your visits accordingly!


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

Rental Fees

  • Ski package (skis, poles and shoes): $15
  • Snowshoes: $5

NOTE: Admission is $5 per person during ski and snowshoe season (admission helps cover trail maintenance)

Ski Lesson Information

All lessons are by appointment only. Call 585-374-6160 or email Angie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment can be taken over the phone or the day-of at the front desk. All ski lessons are dependent on weather conditions.

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.

Lessons are 30-minutes each and by appointment only. Typical timing is between 9am and 3pm.

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

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

This hour-long lesson includes the skills covered in Get Gliding! with additional support on managing speed, double poling, and support on the trail from bottom of the pines (Beaver Trail) to the turn around back to the nature center, where skiers can continue on their way!

Lessons are one hour each and by appointment only. Typical timing is between 9am and 3pm. Preferred times are 11am or 2pm.

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

Backcountry Ski Tour! 

This full-day session includes a skills-review lesson in the yard, naturalist-led guided ski tour, campfire, hot drinks, and lunch. Tour is held 10am-2:30pm.

Reservation only, tour must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Advanced payment required.

Cost: $50 per person

Trail & Weather Conditions

Please call 585.374.6160 to find out if trails are open for skiing and snowshoeing.

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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.

Cumming Nature Center Pines Pass

Now you can purchase a membership specifically for the Cumming Nature Center! The Pines Pass supports environmental education at CNC and gives you a chance to explore every nook and cranny of the nature center throughout the year. The Pines Pass is perfect for cross-country skiers, grandparents, homeschooling families, and anyone who is looking to develop their outdoor awareness and delve into the local landscape. 

Benefits of Pines Pass

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

Price: $55

You can purchase the Pines Pass at the nature center’s Welcome Desk or online.

PURCHASE PINE PASS


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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.

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