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We are offering NEW CLASSES & EXPERIENCES in 2019!

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.

Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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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Trip to Tree Swallow Hollow

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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

Late April to early May is a busy time for Tree Swallows, and many other birds. They have just finished their spring migration and are working hard to create nests and raise their young. Join one of our naturalists for a guided hike to our private Oatka Creek property to look for birds, nests, and babies! Participants will be given a pair of binoculars, or are welcome to bring their own.

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Fishing at Lake Surprise

Sunday, May 19, June 2, June 16 (SOLD OUT), or September 15, 2019
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 (pictured). Although we may catch some large fish, they will all be released by the end of the experience.

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Wading in the Oatka Creek (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, June 9 or 30, 2019 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. In the spring of 2019, bring your family for a guided hike to the Oatka Creek and spend the afternoon skipping stones, splashing, and looking for crayfish. Water shoes or strap-on sandals are required and a change of clothes and/or a towel is recommended. Participants will get to walk in the water (wade) up to their knees, but swimming is not permitted.

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Firefly Fest! (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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

Join us for an evening expedition to our private Oatka Creek property to look for fireflies! Watch the meadow sparkle with flashes of light while you and your family enjoy the stars and the (almost) full moon. All participating families will be provided with a container to carefully catch, observe, and release these amazing illuminating creatures. When you return the the GCV&M Nature Center you are invited to roast marshmallows by the campfire.

Magical Fairy Doors and Enchanted Elfin Gardens

2019 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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