The Nature Center
Uniting people and nature through shared adventures in the natural world.

Get out and explore at GCV&M!

The Nature Center at Genesee Country Village & Museum is a fantastic place to explore the flora and fauna of the Genesee Valley Region. Take a hike on a nature trail, learn from a resident naturalist, meet animals up close and personal, and so much more.

Nature Trails

The grounds of Genesee Country Village & Museum encompass hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows, old fields, geologic formations, ponds, and streams. With five miles of themed nature trails and 175 acres of wildlife habitat, the grounds are open year-round for visitors to explore natural history and the area’s flora and fauna.

Please note: our Nature Trails will be closed for the duration of hunting season (October 1 – January 1).  

The Sugar House

 

Did you know? Part of the Nature Center at GCV&M is a working sugar house, where sap is collected from the Sugar Bush on our grounds and turned into real NY maple syrup! 

When you visit the Sugar House during our Maple Sugar Festival in March of each year, you’ll see the modern-day wood-fired evaporator in action, learn how much sap it takes to make one gallon of maple syrup, smell the sweet bubbling sap as it boils down into thick sugary syrup, and more. 

Maple products from the Sugar House are available for sale in the Flint Hill Store.  

Nature Sunday Experiences

The Genesee Country Nature Center is an outstanding natural area with hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds, old fields, fascinating geologic formations, plants, and animals. Visit the Nature Center on Sundays throughout the season (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) for an independent hike, or join one of our naturalists for a guided family-friendly nature experience.

Winter, spring, summer, and fall Nature Sunday Experiences are available! 

2022 Nature Sunday Dates: 

Nature Sundays will be taking a short break between Sunday, September 18, and will be back on Sunday, September 25. Please note: our Nature Trails will be closed for the duration of hunting season (October 1 – January 1).  

Youth Classes & Family Experiences

 

Does your child love being outside? Do you wish they would spend more time exploring the forest than the internet? These adventures will give your child a chance to discover all that the GCV&M has to offer, all year round. Whether they enjoy hiking, crafting, fishing, imaginative play, exploring the Historic Village, or wading in the creek we have something for everyone! 

Join us for Weekend Day Camp, walks in the creek, fishing, and more!