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 2016 Nature Programs

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* Sugaring at Sprague'sSugaring at Sprague's

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* Discovering SnowflakesDiscovering Snowflakes

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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!

Hike For Your Health:

With the winding down of summer, we will be suspending our by-monthly “Hike for your Health” walks until next spring/summer.  Be sure to watch for new times and days for the 2017 season!   Don’t miss our second annual “Hike for Your Health” New Year’s Day hike at Lillibridge preserve on January 1st!  Have a wonderful fall and winter!    

 

February

4th -Art and Conservation   Program Start Time:  10:30 am  Program Length: 1 hr.

Explore how visual art and conservation can benefit one another in this talk by Federal Duck Stamp artist Jennifer Miller. Jennifer will describe her experiences with the Federal Duck Stamp and share her passion for reaching out with her work to inspire the public to care about the natural world. Learn how a love of nature can blossom into a passion and an unusual, adventurous and rewarding, career! This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 1 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 2nd, 2017.  To make reservations contact the office at 716-933-0187 or click on “Register for our programs online” above.   Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

 

18th- Bat and Bluebird Nest Box Building  Program Start Time:  10 am-11 am OR 11 am-12 noon  Program length: 1 hour

Spring is just around the corner which means our wild friends will soon be looking for a place to roost and raise a family.  Give them a helping hand by building a bat box, a bluebird box OR BOTH!  These can be taken home or left with Pfeiffer Nature Center to be placed at the Lillibridge or Eshelman properties. Birding expert Tim Baird and Wildlife Biologist Mike Ermer will be on hand to answer questions about these amazing animals.  Craftsmen Joe Leo and Craig Myers will lead the construction activities.  This event will be held at Home Depot, Olean.  Pre-registration is required and can be done through Pfeiffer Nature Center by 4 pm, Thursday, February 16th.  Reservations are limited and are on a “first come first serve basis”.  Program fee: $10 per box and group of builders (1-3 participants per group).  Children must be accompanied by adults. To make reservations click on “Register for our program online” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187 or  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

March

4th- Sugaring at Sprague’s  Program Start Time:  10 am  Program Length: 1 1/2 hours

Trees are crucial to life on earth for countless reasons.  They create oxygen, purify water, provide shelter and manufacture food.  Most food made by trees is produced when the weather is warm but there is a beloved food that specific trees make when the weather is still cold… maple syrup!  The Creation of maple syrup has been around for some 300 years and has a very interesting history.  Join us for a guided tour through the maple trees and sugaring operation at Sprague’s Maple Farms and learn the art of sugaring from our local experts.  Remain past the tour and sample the syrup during a delicious breakfast at the restaurant.  The tour is free and open to the public but the cost of breakfast is the responsibility of each participant. This event will be held at Sprague’s Maple Farms 1048 RT 305, Portville.  The group will meet for the tour outside the restaurant at the entrance farthest from the dining room. Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required and can be done through Pfeiffer Nature Center by 4 pm, Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.  To makes reservations click 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.

18th- Discovering Snowflakes  Program Start Time:  10:30 am  Program Length:  1 hour.

It is said that everybody has a double out there in the world somewhere.  But is this true for snowflakes? Snowflakes are created when ice crystals stick together and float to the ground from the sky.  As each snowflake falls, it passes through a variety of temperatures and moisture levels.  These differences in the air allow the snowflake to take shape.  But how many shapes?  Come learn the answer as naturalist, Barb Busack, shares her knowledge of these beautiful ice forms.  A craft will follow the presentation, making this program great for kids! This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 1 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, March 16th, 2017.   To makes reservations click 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.

April

Pfeiffer Fun at the Olean Home and Garden Show!

Friday April 7th 5-9 pm, Saturday April 8th 10-6 pm and Sunday April 9th 10-4 pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center is excited to see you at the Olean Home Show.  Stop by to visit with us and discover what upcoming nature adventures and activities are in store for you this Spring and Summer season.   The location is the William O. Smith Recreation Center, 551 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760.

20th- You Too Can Do Bonsai  Program Start Time: 6:30 pm Program Length: 1 hr. 

Growing trees in pots is called Bonsai.  The history of Bonsai stems from farming practices from long, long ago.  It is believed that the Art of Bonsai originated in China and was then spread to Japan through commerce where it was embraced by their culture and religions.  Under the influence of the Buddhists and Monks during the 10th and 12th centuries, Bonsai really flourished.  Bonsai evolved into a living art form when people began to appreciate the shape and style of the trees which they could bring into their own homes.  Joe Schueckler, Bonsai enthusiast, will share the history, the styles, the plant materials and the tools necessary to enjoy this hands on development of your own Bonsai Tree.  This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 1 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, April 20th, 2017.  To makes reservations click 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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