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Nature Centers in the Finger Lakes

A nature center is a place where you can experience and learn about local plants, animals, geology, folklore, and other aspects of the natural world. There are nearly 20 nature centers in the Finger Lakes. Most nature centers own land or are on land with trails. These trails are usually open to the public for free for hiking, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, and other "quiet" activities. Most nature centers also have some building--a "center," a museum, or other facility--for which an entrance fee may be charged. Here you will find displays, seminars, and hands-on activities relating to nature. Visit these nature centers and learn about nature in the Finger Lakes.

Note: Although the information provided on these pages is fairly complete, it is always wise to visit the center's Web site to check out its hours of operation, its rules, and to print out a copy of its map. Many nature centers do not provide copies of their map other than that which is on a board at the center's trail head. Many of the nature centers have excellent, detailed maps on-line that are well worth printing out.

Cayuga County

Sterling Nature Center

Chemung County

Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum

Cortland County

Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture

Livingston County

Twin Cedars Environmental Area

Monroe County

Genesee Country Nature Center

Hansen Nature Center

Mendon Ponds Park Nature Center

Onondaga County

Baltimore Woods

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Clark Reservation State Park Nature Center

Green Lakes Nature Center

Ontario County

Cumming Nature Center

Seneca County

Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve

Steuben County

Mossy Bank Park and Ted Markham Nature Center

Spencer Crest Nature Center

Tioga County

Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center

Tompkins County

Cayuga Nature Center

Wayne County

Blue Cut Nature Center

Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC)


Updated 10 September 2010 








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