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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).

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 www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org 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.

April

Native Wildflower Self-led Walk at Lillibridge beginning Friday, April 9th

Mother Nature was brilliant when she planned her flower gardens as she created a large variety of species that would bloom at different times beginning in spring and ending in fall.  By staggering their growth and bloom periods, she ensured that there would be food available for wildlife over a wide expanse of time.  And as spring is newly here, it is time to start searching for early season wildflowers!  To get you started, learn about some of our local flower friends on this self-led walk at our Lillibridge property.  Begin this walk at the Lillibridge Kiosk where a map will be available to guide you. This walk will be available through the month of April.  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 naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org  Enjoy the wonderful outdoors! 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, April 16th through the month of May

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 I am Earth: An Earth Day book for kids 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, April 16th through the month of May and although the book is a great kick off to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, every day is Earth Day at Pfeiffer Nature Center so the book is a great read year round!  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 naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org  Enjoy the wonderful outdoors! Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

MAY

Pfeiffer Spring Seasonal Activity Kit for Kids

Order your kits Friday, May 7th through Wednesday, May 19th. 

Are you are looking for a way to engage your child in an outdoor activity?  Pfeiffer Nature Center has created the perfect opportunity.  Seasonal Activity Kits for Kids is a great way to enjoy time with your child out in nature.  Kits contain seasonally themed activities that can be done at the nature center properties as well as at home.  An educational nature walk, activity sheets and crafts are just a few examples of what the kits contain. 

A new kit will be developed for each season so you can have a special adventure at Pfeiffer Nature Center year round.  Kits are first come first serve, limited in number and may vary in price between seasons.  These kits are created for your child to keep so materials will not be returned.  Kit materials will be handled following COVID regulations. The spring activity kit has an outdoor explore planned for you at the Lillibridge property- 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville.  

The spring kits are $3 each and can be purchased on line by clicking on “Register for our Programs on line” below the programs Calendar on our website.  Order your child’s kit(s) beginning Friday, May 7th through Wednesday, May 19th.   Kits will be made available for pick up Friday, May 21st through Saturday, June 12th.  We will contact you to confirm your kit reservation and to share pick up times and location.  The spring kit focuses on native flowers and pollinators and the kits may be enjoyed by most ages.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together. 

Birding at Eshelman

Saturday, May 8th Start time: 8:30 am- Program length: 2 hrs.

If the sweet melodious trills of songbirds is music to your ear, you will not want to miss this bird walk through the wetland and scrub areas of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Preserve.  A well-known location for regional birders, the preserve hosts a multitude of migratory and resident birds.  Visitors may see and/or hear dozens of species that frequent the area as they walk along grassy, gentle trails.  The guided walk starts in the parking lot and will be led by Tim Baird, President of the Cattaraugus County Bird Study Club.  The group will slowly walk through the property noting what they see and or hear.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  This activity is free and open to the public. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Eshelman Preserve, 1420 Yubadam Rd, Portville NY.  Because of COVID safety measures, social distancing and masks covering your mouth and nose are required.  Reservations are appreciated by e-mailing:  naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org or calling the office 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Birding at Eshelman

Saturday, May 22nd Start time: 8:30 am- Program length: 2 hrs.

If the sweet melodious trills of songbirds is music to your ear, you will not want to miss this bird walk through the wetland and scrub areas of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Preserve.  A well-known location for regional birders, the preserve hosts a multitude of migratory and resident birds.  Visitors may see and/or hear dozens of species that frequent the area as they walk along grassy, gentle trails.  The guided walk starts in the parking lot and will be led by Tim Baird, President of the Cattaraugus County Bird Study Club.  The group will slowly walk through the property noting what they see and or hear.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  This activity is free and open to the public. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Eshelman Preserve, 1420 Yubadam Rd, Portville NY.  Because of COVID safety measures, social distancing and masks covering your mouth and nose are required.  Reservations are appreciated by e-mailing:  naturalist@pfeiffernaturecenter.org or calling the office 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Spring Self-led Photo Icon Walk at Lillibridge

Now through August 20th

Spring is here and so are our early season wildflower friends!  Don’t miss the opportunity to take some photos of these treasured beauties for our September 2021 Photo Contest and Show! 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.

Bluebird Box and Bird Feeder Sale at Pfeiffer Nature Center

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 http://nysbs.org/about-bluebirds/ 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 will be taken while supplies last.  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.

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