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We are offering NEW CLASSES & EXPERIENCES in 2020!

Does your child love being outside? Do you wish they would spend more time exploring the forest than the internet? Sign up for one of our youth classes or family experiences to give your child a chance to discover all that the GCV&M Nature Center has to offer. Whether they enjoy hiking, crafting, fishing, imaginative play, or wading in the creek we have something for everyone! 

Woodland Fairy and Elf Academy

Seasonal sessions are offered throughout the year.

Woodland Fairy and Elf Academy is an opportunity for your 4-8 year old child to get in touch with their inner fairy (or elf) and gain outdoor experiences that will last a lifetime. Children benefit from a connection to the natural world around them. Fairy Rosie is happy to help your little one discover everything the Genesee Country Nature Center has to offer during these magical morning classes.

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Big Night for Salamanders

Saturday, April 18 from 7:00pm - 10:00 p.m.

$10.00 per person or $30.00 per family (10% member discount)

Birds aren't the only animals that migrate. Every spring, on the first warm rainy night, the mole salamanders emerge from their hidden homes to make the long journey to the vernal pool to reproduce. Join us for a night hike to the vernal pool to look for migrating salamanders. The evening will end with a camp fire and a reading of the beautiful story Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Lamstein.

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Fishing at Lake Surprise

Offered multiple days in 2020 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$10.00 per person or $30.00 per family (10% member discount)

Does your child love fishing? Have they always wanted to try? In the spring of 2019, we will be offering special guided adventures to Lake Surprise, on our private Oatka creek property, to allow visitors a chance to try their hand at fishing. Maybe you will land a sunfish, bass, or even the elusive carp. Although we may catch some large fish, they will all be released by the end of the experience.

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Newt Pond Exploration

Offered multiple days in 2020 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$10.00 per person or $30.00 per family
(10% member discount)

Observing a pond is a perfect way to enjoy a spring day. Join one of our naturalists on a guided hike to Newt Pond on the private Oatka Creek Property. You and your family will get up close and personal with the countless salamanders, frogs, larvae, and insects that call our ponds home. For those looking for a little extra adventure, nets and buckets will be available for some hands on, or rather in, fun!

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Wading in the Oatka Creek

Offered multiple days in 2020 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$10.00 per person or $30.00 per family
(10% member discount)

A creek is a wonderful place to play. Bring your family for a guided hike to the Oatka Creek and spend the afternoon skipping stones, splashing, and looking for crayfish. To get to the creek, participants will get the opportunity to hike the trails of our private Oatka Creek property.

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Magical Fairy Doors and Enchanted Elfin Gardens

2020 dates will be announced soon

$40.00 per youth participant (10% discount for Members)

Do you believe? We do! Join us as we frolic in nature with fairies and elves - off into the woods we go to look for forest treasures! It will be an adventure as we listen to the gnomes, elves and fairies guides us to secret spots.

This one-day class is offered for children ages 9-17. One adult family member is welcome to join the participant for no additional charge.

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