for Educators

Self Guided Nature Walk

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

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Life Science, Earth Science

Self-Guided Nature Walks include:

  • The Beaver Trail introduces you to the important cycles of nature. You will see forest, stream, marsh, and meadow habitats rich with plant and animal life on your way to an observation tower overlooking a 35-acre beaver pond. See first-hand one of the most stunning examples of an animal’s interaction with its environment.
  • The Helen Gordon Trail is an outdoor art gallery with paintings by artists Jerry Czech and Helen Edinger to acquaint you with the birds and other animals of the area.
  • The Haudenosaunee Trail paintings by Seneca artist Ernest Smith introduce the fascinating culture and tradition of the Haudenosaunee and evoke images of a time long past.
  • The Pioneer Trail features a reconstructed 18th-century homestead and interpretive signs that tell of the lives of early settlers.
  • The Conservation Trail communicates our forest conservation and management practices. Trail signs identify tree species and explain their uses to both wildlife and humans. These, along with a working sawmill and a replica of a fire tower, show how informed management practices can result in a sustainable, mature forest.
NYS Standards:
  • LS1.A Structure and Function
  • LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • LS2..C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

How To Book

  • Call: 585.697.1942

  • Reservation Lead Time: 2 Wks

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Member & Visitor Services
  • Phone: 585.374.6160


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2022
  • End Date: 06/23/2023
  • Note: Unavailable 11/13/22–12/14/22
  • Earliest Start Time: 8:30am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Group Admission: $3 per student; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free