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 2022 Nature Programs

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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).

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Summer Yoga at Lilibridge with Jessie Lampack Slattery 5:30-6:30 pm through September. $10 per class. No class on 6/23 & 7/21. For Schedule updates due to weather, check with Jessie at:


The Marvelous Mushroom! Thursday, September 1st.  Program Start Time: 6:00 pm Program Length: 1.5 hrs.

“Why don’t fairies live under toadstools?  Because there’s not mushroom.” LOL

Mushrooms are a type of fungi that produce a fleshy fruiting body which comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors.  Mushrooms are not only beautiful to observe, but they also play a major role in the carbon cycle through the soil food web.  Join Garrett Taylor, mushroom enthusiast and aficionado, on a walk through the woods of the Lillibridge Preserve as he shares interesting facts about the many different species of fungus that we have among us.  This event will be held at Pfeiffer Nature Center, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770.  Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members, free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  An advance reservation is greatly appreciated. To register, E-mail or contact the office at 716-933-0187. 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.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree

Saturday, September 10th Program Start Time: 12:30 pm Program Length: 1 hour

The American chestnut, which was once a dominant tree throughout it native range, is now functionally extinct due to the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica). Through the efforts of the State University of NY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and The American  Chestnut Foundation, plans are being made to restore this magnificent tree back into the forest. The American chestnut has been intensively researched at SUNY-ESF for decades, producing new techniques and discoveries that have expanded our understanding of the species. Through the development of tissue culture and genetic transformation, a blight tolerant American chestnut line ‘Darling 58’ was developed allowing it and its offspring to be used for restoration.  Join Jeffrey Zarnowski, Greenhouse and Orchard manager for The Chestnut Project as he shares the history and future of the American Chestnut.  This program will be held inside the Pfeiffer historic American chestnut cabin, 1974 Lillibridge road, Portville.   Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. The program is free and open to the public.  To register, e-mail 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.



Halloween Dog Event:  Trick for Treat Dog Trail Walk and Costume Contest for Dogs

Saturday, October 15th Event Start Time: 1 pm  Event Length: 2 hrs.

Come and join us for a tongue hanging, tail wagging time at Pfeiffer Nature Center!  Bring your 4-legged, furry family members along to enjoy this fun outdoor dog event.  The festivities will begin with a “Best in Show” dog costume contest.  Escort your dog dressed to the “K-”nines for a short dog walk on the catwalk. ( Note: As human costumes can be intimidating to dogs, we ask that only dogs come dressed for the occasion.)  Enter your playful pooch in the “My Dog’s Got Talent” dog trick contest and take your dog for a stroll along the “Trick for Treat” trail that winds through the old growth forest.  Costume and contest participation is optional, but participation would be great fun!  Just come along and enjoy the fun- even if you don’t have a dog of your own!!  This event will be held at:  The Lillibridge Preserve, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770.  Fee: A suggested $2 donation per dog.  Pre-registration is greatly appreciated but not mandatory.  To register your dog(s), e-mail: or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. This program will be canceled in the event of rain.  If the weather appears questionable, look for a cancellation 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. 

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