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School Programs at our Nature Center

Genesee Country Village & Museum is more than just living history. Our grounds encompass hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows, old fields, fascinating geologic formations and a trout stream. Our themed nature trails are open year-round to allow visitors to explore natural history and the area’s varied and glorious flora and fauna.

Nature center building hours vary throughout the year.

Winter hours: 

Open weekends in January and February as a trail check-in point and rental center for cross country skis and snow shoes, our nature center building also houses hands-on exhibits and live critters. The building is open for special classes, camp programs and by appointment the remainder of the year.  Teachers wishing to expose their classes to nature’s wonders may schedule one of our Outdoor Science Programs.

Nature Center Options for School Programs

Nature Center Options for School Programs

Fall Nature Discoveries (Grades K-12) offered October 3-6 & 10-13, 2017        

After a brief introduction, students will rotate through several hands-on nature discoveries.  Activities may include: a seasonal nature walk to observe and study native plants and animals, a live animal presentation, an expedition style insect hunt using nets and magniviewers to study specimens up close, as well as a fall nature themed game.

NYS Standards:  MST 1, 4, 6; ELA Common Core SL 1, 2, 3, 6


Sap, Syrup & Sugar (Grades K-3) offered select dates in March 2018

This popular program traces the history and science of maple sugaring from early American and present-day commercial production perspectives. Students hike to the sugar bush, learn why maple trees make sap, witness a 19th-century sugaring demonstration, talk with a modern-day syrup maker and taste the final product.

NYS Standards:  MST 1, 4, 6; SS 1; ELA Common Core SL 1, 2, 3, 6


The Lives of Reptiles & Amphibians (Grades 1-12) offered May 15-18 & 22-25, 2018

The nature center’s wetland and upland habitats host some 20 species of snakes, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders. This introduction to the science of herpetology begins with a look at reptile and amphibian characteristics and continues with a hike to observe and study these cold-blooded vertebrates in their natural habitats.  Experience a live animal show, play the game; dress like a frog, and catch-and-release live amphibians from our ponds.  

NYS Standards:  MST 1, 4, 6; ELA Common Core SL 1, 2, 3, 6