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MEDIA ALERT: Citizen Scientists Needed

    Citizen Scientists needed for BioBlitz at RMSC’s Cumming Nature Center Saturday, July 14



    At the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center’s BioBlitz, all ages are invited to become citizen scientists in an ecological race to catalog as many living things as possible on the 900-acre preserve. Scientists, naturalists, teachers and the public may participate in identifying and digitally tagging the location of plants and animals with the help of experts and mobile app tools. Families and individual visitors alike will also gain a greater understanding of our region’s biodiversity through expert- and self-guided experiences. Participants are also invited to pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the Nature Center.

    For a full schedule of activities and hikes, as well as suggestions on what to wear and bring, visit



    Saturday, July 14, 2018, 7am–5pm



    Rochester Museum & Science Center Cumming Nature Center

    6472 Gulick Road

    Naples, NY 14512



    Free for RMSC members; $3 per person or $10 per family donation for the general public.


    ADDITIONAL MEDIA INFORMATION: Photo/video opportunity. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,

    Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Nature Center partners in this event are the Finger Lakes Institute, the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Stop the Invasion.


    The 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 the Nature Center explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. These programs are designed to inspire innovative thinking among participants and provide them with the tools, knowledge and confidence to take action in the face of local, regional and global challenges. The preserve includes six miles of trails and countless opportunities to connect with the outdoors. Trails are open five days a week: Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday).

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.