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 2021 Nature Programs

Our monthly calendar gives you a snapshot of upcoming events.  Scroll below the calendar for the detailed description of each event.
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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!  Click on date to read details of event(s).

Pfeiffer Nature Center’s 2021 Photo Contest and Show- Save the Date!!!

Sunday, September 19th 2021

Visit Pfeiffer Nature Center and start snapping your photos!

Pfeiffer Nature Center is excited to announce the return of our photo contest and show.  Get ready to create some beautiful and interesting images at the Pfeiffer Nature Center properties!  We invite photographers of all skill levels and ages to visit one or both of these properties to share their personal visual takeaways in a Photography Contest & Show on September 19th, 2021.  Yes, that’s right- 2021!  We are promoting this event in advance to give us all the opportunity to create photographs during any or all of the four seasons!  Photos from Pfeiffer properties, no matter when they were taken, are eligible for submission.  Pfeiffer locations include the Lillibridge property: 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville NY and the Eshelman Property: 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY.  The Contest/Show Event will be held at the Lillibridge chestnut cabin on Sunday, September 19th, 2021.  Please visit our website for details and a submission application.  Photographs must be submitted by August 27th, 2021.   Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.


Children’s Storybook Trail at Lillibridge

Beginning Friday, January 29th through the month of February

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 Night Before Groundhog Day 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.  Be sure to read both sides of the tree!  See our map at the Lillibridge kiosk to find where your adventure begins.  The book will be available beginning Friday, January 29th through the month of February and although the book is a great kick off to celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd, it is a fun read whenever you choose to visit.  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 e-mailing  Enjoy the wonderful outdoors! Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Winter Snowshoe/Hike at Pfeiffer!!! 

Saturday, February 6th Start Time: 10 am  Program Length: 1 hr.

“Between Every Two Pines is a Doorway to a New World”- John Muir 

Clear your mind and warm your heart by spending some time out in nature!  Blue skies and snow covered trails are the perfect setting for a hike about Lillibridge.  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 hike 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.  The program will be canceled if we are experiencing extreme weather conditions. This hike will take place at the Lillibridge Preserve, 1974 Lillibridge Rd., Portville NY.  The event is free to the public but pre-registration is required.  Because of COVID safety measures, social distancing and masks covering your mouth and nose are required.  Group sizes will be limited to 10 participants.  Reserve your space(s) by e-mailing:, or calling the office 716-933-0187 by Tuesday, February 2nd.  Please include a contact phone number with your reservation and let us know if you would like to borrow snowshoes and the number of pairs.  You will be contacted to confirm your reservation.   The traditional snowshoes are one size fits all and are recommended for ages 13 and up.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Bluebird Box and Bird Feeder Sale at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Friday, February 5th through Monday, February 22nd

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow, so he predicts that we will not see an early spring this year.  As legend goes, our cold temperatures are therefore not expected to change for the next six weeks.  This prognostication however, will not deter one of our most beloved arbiters of spring, the Eastern Bluebird, from returning home.  Bluebirds are one of the first migratory birds to arrive back to New York, generally arriving early to mid-March. 

To celebrate and support these beautiful birds, as well as Pfeiffer Nature Center, we hope you will consider supporting our bluebird box and bird feeder sale. ( Note: to successfully attract bluebirds, specific conditions must be met for habitat, box number and placement.  To see if your location is suitable, visit for details.  And don’t forget, for those who already have boxes, February is the time to clean them out.)  Bluebirds are not seed eaters and they may not be the right species for you, however, the bluebird boxes and bird feeders will attract lots of other wonderful bird species to your yard!  The bluebird boxes and bird feeders come assembled and ready for placement. 

The boxes and feeders are $15 each and can be purchased on line by clicking on “Register for our Programs on line” below the programs calendar on our website.  Boxes and feeders are limited in supply, first come first serve, and orders must be placed by Monday, February 22nd.  We will contact you to confirm your order and to share pick up times and location information.  Thank you for helping to keep Pfeiffer Nature Center available to our community.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Self-led Photo Icon Walk at Lillibridge

Beginning, Friday February 19th through August 20th

Winter is in its full and glorious bloom, so don’t miss the opportunity to take showy, snowy photographs for our September 2021 Photo Contest and Show! (See the posting below for more details)  To share with you some of the property highlights, we have created a self-led walking tour at the Lillibridge preserve.  This walk will make multiple stops at iconic features or views which are sure to catch your eye as well as your camera lens. This “choose your own day” and “set your own pace” photography walk is a fun way to get outside and appreciate the grandeur which surrounds us.  We look forward to seeing you and the creative beauty you have captured in September!  Begin your walk at the Lillibridge Kiosk where a map displaying the iconic stops can be found.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.


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