We invite you to join us on a magical visit to the Pfeiffer Nature Center, located in Portville NY.

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Beginning Friday, December 9th through Christmas   

Join us once again at the Lillibridge Property for a new storybook adventure along our Storybook Reading Trail for the young readers in your life.  Read the tale The Tree That’s Meant To Be on the Interpretive Trail ( Griffin’s Way– an easy, .36 mi round trip trail) as you wander through our old-growth hemlock forest.  The storybook pages are held in place by our gentle giants for you to read as you pass by. See our map at the Lillibridge kiosk to find where your adventure begins.  The book will be available beginning Friday, December 9th through Christmas.  The enchanting children’s book is a fun way to add to your celebration of the holiday season.  The Lillibridge Property is located at 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY.  We would love for you to share pictures and let us know how you enjoyed your visit by emailing naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org  Enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.


The Tree That's Meant to Be Book Cover
Front view of a wooden shack in the autumn woods
Sugar Shack Wooden Shed in the Autumn Woods


Sunday, January 1st Hike Start Time: 10 am    Hike Length: 1 hr-1.5 hrs.

“A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.”  Mitch Hedberg

Sugaring at Eshelman is a piece of our history that we still take part in today, so join us on our New Year’s Day hike to our Eshelman Sugar Shack!  This hike will be led by the boy scouts who assembled the new construction.  Hot beverages will be served at the sugar shack upon our arrival.  Be sure to wear sturdy walking boots and dress for the weather conditions. This hike will take place at the Eshelman Property-1420 Yubadam Rd., Portville.  The hike is free and open to the public.  The hike will be canceled if we are experiencing extreme weather conditions. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration 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.



If you have recyclable products, please take to the Portville Redemption Center and ask for the money to be donated to the Pfeiffer Nature Center. Thank you!

History & Information

The Pfeiffer Nature Center was established by Wendy Pfeiffer Lawrence to honor her father, Timothy N. Pfeiffer.  It is located in the Portville community where her mother, Eleanor Knox Wheeler, was born and raised. READ MORE…

Visitor Information
& Trails

Trails and Hiking on two trails. The Lillibridge Property consist of 188 acres and 6 miles of hiking trails.  The Eshelman Property has 488 acres and has nearly 4 miles of trails through wetlands and secondary growth forest. READ MORE…

Programs Calendar

Our monthly calendar gives you a snapshot of upcoming events.  Don’t miss out on anything – join our electronic mailing list to get an email with program info and exciting Pfeiffer Nature Center news! READ MORE…

Love a great view?
Looking for a relaxing stroll, refreshing hike, or strenuous run through the woods?
Want to learn more about the natural world?
Do this and more at Pfeiffer Nature Center!

Pfeiffer Nature Center is home to more than 676 acres of nature’s bounty. Located in rural, southwestern New York State, you’ll find miles of open-access hiking trails, a historic American Chestnut log cabin, great birding areas, a picturesque pavilion available for rent, and so much more!

The Nature Center has two beautiful properties to explore. The Lillibridge Property consists of 188 acres of forest and has a rustic American Chestnut log cabin listed in the National & State Registers of Historic Places. The front of the cabin offers a spectacular panoramic view of both nearby farms and distant mountaintops. A timber frame pavilion offers a covered shelter for picnics and other events in the meadow.

Perhaps the most notable and majestic feature of the property is the 20 acres of rare, old-growth forest. It includes large specimens of Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, Red and White Oak, American Beech, and more. Hikes on our six miles of marked foot-trails pass through a variety of forest ecotypes, such as coniferous and mixed deciduous forests. Our terraces and slopes that rise 700 feet above the valley hint at 350 million years of geologic history.

The Nature Center also owns 488 acres on Yubadam Road, the Eshelman Property, which has an active sugar bush, on-going scientific research projects, and a small farm. There are nearly 4 miles of trails through forests, meadows, transitional zones, near ponds and wetlands. More trails are being developed to support snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

For those who want to learn more about the natural world, the Nature Center offers interpretative opportunities in science, nature, and art through programs and events throughout the year.

Get to know Pfeiffer Nature Center – find a spot in our woods to enjoy peace and quiet, come to our programs, become a member, volunteer, enter our film festival, or choose countless other ways to get involved. We hope to see you soon!


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