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 2020 Nature Programs

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******************************Program Start Time: 6:30 pm Program Length: 1.5 hrs. Program Location: Lillibridge Property 1974 Lillibridge Rd., Portville Details found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar.

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Program Start Time: 10 am Program Length: 2 hrs. Program Location : Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road Portville Details found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar

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All trails open dawn to dusk for your outdoor activities. Exciting and interesting events are being planned! See the ones that have been already scheduled for you below! Watch as our calendar fills and grows where science, art and nature come together!



February

Winter Adventure at Pfeiffer!

Saturday, February 1st Program Start Time: 10 am Program Length: 1.5 hrs.

Shake off the winter doldrums by spending some time out in nature!  Blue skies and snow covered trails are the perfect setting for a hike about Eshelman.  Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair of traditional, wooden bear paw snowshoes from us when you visit Pfeiffer Nature Center’s winter wonderland.  This walk is for both the novice and advanced alike.  If there is no snow, join us for a winter stroll along the trails through field and forest.  To add to the outdoor fun, we will share in hot cocoa around a camp fire following the program. The program will be canceled if we are experiencing extreme weather conditions.  If the weather appears questionable, look for a cancellation notice on the top of our website home page.  This event will be held at: The Eshelman Property 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville NY 14770.  This program is FREE to the public.  There is no fee to borrow traditional snowshoes but they are in limited supply so contact Pfeiffer Nature Center to reserve your pair by Thursday, January 30th.  The traditional snowshoes are one size fits all and are recommended for ages 13 and up.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  To make snowshoe reservations contact Pfeiffer Nature Center Administration Office 716-933-0187 or visit our website at www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org. Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Bringing Nature Home

Thursday, February 13th  Program Start Time:  6:30 pm  Program Length:  1 hr. 

We humans are always being told “You are what you eat”.  Simple enough, right?  To be healthy you must eat healthy.  The thing is, humans have been able to create or manufacture foods which are super tasty but unfortunately not always good for us.  Trying to find a healthy and happy balance can be a challenge, but the good news is that humans have lots and lots of choices as we have the ability to eat many different types of food.  This is not the case for lots of other living beings on the planet.  For many animals, finding nutritious foods which they are able to eat can sometimes be quite difficult.  Life is especially rough if you are talking about an insect that is surrounded by foreign plants when it will only eat native plants with which it has shared an evolutionary history.  When we remove our native plants and flowers and replace them with non-native ornamentals, we are creating an environment that is void of food for the animals which make up the foundation of our food web.  Entomologist and Wildlife Ecologist Doug Tallamy brilliantly discusses why this is a problem for all of nature in his book Bringing Nature Home- How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. 

Doug’s book is a must read for anyone who loves nature and wants to make a difference for Mother Earth.  Doug not only talks about why non-native plants are a problem but he also offers solutions, big and small, that we can all connect with and become excited about.  Because the book is so helpful to nature, Pfeiffer Nature Center would like to encourage you to obtain a copy for yourself and if you like what you read, consider giving a copy to your friends and family.  Pfeiffer Nature Center will be hosting a “Book Club” style get together on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 pm at the Portville Library with those who have either read the book or are interested in the topic, so we can share ideas on how we can turn our yards into wildlife Utopias.  If you would like to do one simple, yet meaningful thing today, find yourself a copy of Bringing Nature Home. This event is will be held at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770.  This program is free and open to the public.  Register by Tuesday, February 11th or at the time of the program.  Register by clicking on “Register for our programs online” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

The Power of Native Plants

Saturday, February 22nd    Start Time: 10:30 am  Program Length: 1.0 hr.

“When a flower isn’t just a flower: Have you ever felt powerless to make positive ecological change? Have you ever thought about how powerful our native plants can be?  Anyone with a yard or even a small outdoor space can make a huge impact by planting native species! Learn about the pitfalls of lawns, the benefits of native plants, and how to help wildlife in any yard (even in cities), with presenter Jennifer Miller. Jennifer will speak about some of the challenges our wildlife faces today and how even small changes in how we garden and maintain our yards can have huge impacts. With easy to understand tips on how anyone can be a steward of their yard, large or small, you can spring into action this season and make a difference!”  This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770.  Fee:  Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Register by 4 PM, Thursday, February 20th. Register by clicking on “Register for our programs online” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

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Bluebird Nest Box and Bird Feeder Building

Saturday, March 14th Program Start Time:  10 am-11 am OR 11 am-12noon

Program length: 1 hour per time slot

The first day of spring is just around the corner which means our wild bird friends will soon be looking to start new families.  If you would like to attract birds to your yard join us in building a bluebird box or a bird feeder or BOTH!   Nature enthusiasts Tim Baird and Mike Ermer will be on hand to answer your bird questions.  Craftsmen Joe Leo and Craig Myers will lead the construction activities. This program will take place at the Home Depot, Olean.   Preregistration is required and can be done through Pfeiffer Nature Center by 4 pm, Thursday, March 12th.  Reservations are limited and are on a “first come first serve basis”.  Program fee: $10 per bird nest box or bird feeder and group of builders (1-3 participants per group).  Children must be accompanied by adults.  Register by clicking on “Register for our programs online” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Forest Bathing-Moving Meditation at Lillibridge

Saturday, March 14th   Program Start Time: 2 pm Program Length: 1 hour

Forest bathing, also known in Japanese culture as “taking in the forest atmosphere” or shinrin-yoku, is a moving meditation surrounded by nature. Join us for the third seasonal offering on Saturday March 14th from 2-3pm at the Lillibridge location of Pfeiffer Nature Center. We will meet in the parking lot and wander through the woods, taking in the wonders of this beautiful location through all five physical senses as well as our sixth, intuitive sense. Led by Jessie Lampack Slattery, local registered yoga teacher, this session of our forest bathing series will focus on slowing down amidst our busy lives. This program is open to all ages as long as your child can remain quiet in order to allow all participants to reap the healing benefits of such an experience. Plan to leave your phones off and cameras at home as we unplug for an hour and reset our internal systems. We will breathe and gently stretch along the way, soaking in the healing qualities of our planet. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” -Thich Nhat Hanh. Studies show that forest bathing can reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels (decrease stress), improve concentration and memory, and actually boost the immune system! This is a slower and more mindful pace than an average hike so dress appropriately for cold temperatures. Prepare to turn inward and find yourself expanding and connecting with even the trees themselves. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is not required. In the event of freezing rain or extreme temperatures, this program will be canceled.  If the weather appears questionable, look for a change of date notice on the top of our website home page. Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding. Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

The Majestic Eastern Hemlock

Saturday, March 21st Program Start Time:  10:30 am.  Program Length: 2 hrs.

The Eastern Hemlock (also known as the Hemlock Spruce or Spruce Pine) is a slow-growing, long-lived tree which may exist for more than 800 years.  The Eastern Hemlock is a bright gem amongst the treasure trove of trees located within the Lillibridge old growth forest.  Sarah Johnson, Forest Health Program Specialist, will share about the ecology & importance of hemlock trees, the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and other hemlock stressors.  We will learn how to conduct surveys to monitor for these stressors, and what can be done to help the trees.  Following the program, for those interested, we will take a field trip to the Lillibridge property to survey the hemlock stands for adelgid.  Please dress appropriately if you will be joining us for the survey.  This program will be held at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770.  This program is free and open to the public.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Register by 4 PM, Thursday, March 19th or at the time of the program.  Register by clicking on “Register for our programs online” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  .  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

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