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 2021 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).


Yoga at the Lillibridge Pavilion – Jessie Lampack Slattery Wednesdays through September 5:30-6:30 pm $10 Per Person

Forest Health Management Walk with Jared Kramer   Saturday, September 11th Program Start Time: 10 am Program Length1hr.                                                                                                  

Healthy forests are vital for many reasons.  They sustain a wide variety of plant and animal life, they provide for human enrichment and they may serve as important economic resources.  Join us on this educational forest walk as Forest Consultant Jared Kramer shares his knowledge on tree identification and how to assess the health and versatility of a forest.  This program will be held at the Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY 14770. Current COVID recommendations will be followed.  Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations appreciated by Thursday, September 9th.  Reserve your space(s) by registering on the Programs Calendar by clicking on “Register for our Programs Online” above or by calling the office 716-933-0187. Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Nature Photo Show at the Chestnut Cabin Additional Dates!       Friday, September 24th 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday, September 25th 10am-noon.

Nothing can replace spending time out in nature, however, viewing nature photographs can create a similar peaceful effect.  Join us at the cabin for a relaxed viewing of a collection of nature photographs taken by supporters of Pfeiffer Nature Center that are sure to warm your heart and soothe your soul. As we all have special photographs which we have taken in nature that we treasure, we invite you to share those photos with us as well.  Photographs for this nature show are not limited to those taken on Pfeiffer properties as all nature photos are welcome where nature in the surrounding Western New York area is the subject. If you would like to participate in the show, you may leave your photograph(s) with the Portville Free Library during their regular business hours no later than Thursday, September 16th.  Please place your photo in a light weight, protective and ready to hang frame and place your name and contact number/e-mail on the back of the frame.  Your photographs can be retrieved from the Portville library following the show.  There is no fee for photo submission or to attend the event.  This show will not contain a contest component.  Pfeiffer Nature Center retains the right to withhold photos as deemed necessary.  Any persons depicted in a photo must come with written permission by that individual(s).  The number of photos displayed by an induvial may be limited as space allows.  This event will take place in the chestnut cabin at the Lillibridge Property, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville NY.  Current COVID safety measures will be followed.  We look forward to seeing you there!!  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

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3-D Pumpkin Carving Class with Eric Jones- Friday, October 15th 6-8pm. 

Famed local artist and pumpkin carver extraordinaire, Eric Jones will be hosting a pumpkin carving class at the Portville Free Library in support of Pfeiffer Nature Center!  Come learn some tricks of the carving trade from the master himself!  This extraordinary and fun carving class will prove to be a highlight of your fall season! All materials, including pumpkins will be supplied.  The fee is $40 per person.  Due to limited class size, registration is required and is on a first come first serve basis.  The fee is non-refundable.  This class is available for adults and kids ages 10 and up.  For adults, we can accommodate one person per pumpkin.  Kids ages 10-12 need an adult present to supervise at their pumpkin.  Parents for kids over the age of 12 can remain at the library, just not at the carving table.  Reservations required by Thursday, October 14th.  To reserve your space(s) click here  Contact for questions.  This program will be held at the Portville Free Library, 2N. Main Street, Portville NY.  COVID safety precautions must be followed.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together. 

The Great Pumpkin Contest and Show at Eshelman with Eric Jones – Saturday, October 16th   1pm-7pm.

To celebrate the artistry of our gourd-ous pumpkins, Pfeiffer Nature Center is once again hosting a pumpkin contest and show!  This year’s show will be held in the beautiful Red Oak field at the Eshelman property.  Eric Jones, local artist and professional 3-D pumpkin carver will be joining us from 3-5 pm to share in a live pumpkin carving demonstration!  Eric’s freshly created pumpkin carving will be placed in a free raffle and the winner will be notified following the event. 

You can join in on the fun by entering a pumpkin for the contest, creating a pumpkin for show or by visiting Eshelman to view the artistic pieces on display.  Two contest awards will be given out for the judged pumpkins. Winners need not be present to claim their prize. Pumpkins can be carved and or decorated with any theme in mind.  Pfeiffer reserves the right for approval for display. This free event is open to folks of all ages and artistic capabilities!  To reserve a free spot for your pumpkin, RSVP by Thursday, October 14th by emailing or contacting the office at 716-933-0187.

Participating pumpkins must be dropped off to the Pfeiffer Nature Center Office, 14 South Main Street, Portville between 5 pm and 7 pm Thursday, October 14th or 5pm and 7 pm Friday, October 15th or by special arrangement.  Let us know at the time of drop off if you would like to enter the pumpkin in the contest or if your creation is for show only. Your pumpkin can be reclaimed at 7 pm Saturday October 16th at the Eshelman property or at a later, pre-arranged date.  This event is free to all contestants and visitors.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  COVID safety precautions must be followed.  This event 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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