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 2019 Nature Programs

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* Forest Bathing at LillibridgeForest Bathing at Lillibridge

**********************************Program Start Time: 2 pm Program Length: 1 hr. Program Location: The Lillibridge Property 1974 Lillibridge Rd., Portville Details found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar

* Holiday Nature Crafts for KidsHoliday Nature Crafts for Kids

*****************************Program Start Time: 10:30 am Program Length: 1.5 hrs. Program Location: The Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main street, Portville NY 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!



January                                                                                                                          

5th Annual New Year’s Day Hike for your Health

Wednesday, January 1st Hike Start Time: 10 am    Hike Length: 1 hr.

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.  It makes you believe you are special.”  Carol Rifka Brunt

Would you like to begin the New Year doing something fun out in nature?  If so, then join us on our 5th annual winter’s day hike at Pfeiffer Nature Center! The hike will be moderately strenuous- which, in terms of exercise means you will be able to talk but not sing during the activity.  The trek is NOT an interpretive hike so stops will not be made along the trails.  Any sharing of information will occur as casual, friendly banter amongst the participants.   This hike will take place at the Lillibridge Preserve.  1974 Lillibridge Rd., Portville.  The hike is free to the public and will take place rain or shine.  The hike 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.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not required.  For more information 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. 

Adventures on the Big Blue Marble

Saturday, January 18th   Program Start Time: 10:30 am  Program Length: 1 1/2 hrs. 

The differences between Belize City, Belize and Churchill, Canada are striking and numerous.  One city is located in a tropical rain forest while the other exists in a subarctic climate.  It is what they have in common however, that is the focus of this presentation.   Both communities rely very heavily on eco-tourism to support their economies and their conservation efforts.  Join Pfeiffer Nature Center Program Coordinator Bev Jones and Nature Enthusiast Barb Busack as they share their adventures to these unique and beautiful parts of the world.  This event is 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 for our programs on line above, or contact the office at 716-933-0187 by Tuesday, January 16th or at the time of the program. Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & 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.  Sign up on the programs Calendar on our website at www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org 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. Sign up on the programs Calendar on our website at www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org 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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