Title: Exciting Winter Activities at the Rochester Museum & Science Center Cumming Nature Center
Location: 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512
Date/Time: Various—see below
Admission: Requested donation for general public $3 per person and $10 per family; RMSC members free.
Nature Center Hours: 9am–3:30pm, Wednesday–Friday; 9am–4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday
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Media Contact: Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs
Exciting Winter Activities at the Rochester Museum & Science Center Cumming Nature Center
ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center (CNC) experience invigorating winter activities in the snow-covered Finger Lakes region near Naples, NY. The 900-acre CNC, which reopened Thursday, December 26, features a variety of special programs to inspire visitors of all ages to come outdoors and enjoy a winter adventure. Activities include:
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Thursday, December 26, 2013–Sunday, March 2, 2014
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy 15 miles of Cumming Nature Center trails groomed and open for cross-country skiing and a three-mile loop of beautiful land for snowshoeing (weather permitting). The public can experience the CNC five days a week: 9am–3:30pm, Wednesday–Friday; 9am–4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for RMSC members. A donation of $3 per person or $10 per family is requested for the general public.
Equipment rentals available: Ski package (skis, poles and boots) $15 per day; Snowshoes $5 per day. Hiking trails are available if there is insufficient snow for skiing.
Marsh Madness: Wonders of Wetlands exhibit
Saturday, December 28–Sunday, May 4
Featuring nearly forty pieces of art, Marsh Madness: Wonders of Wetlands includes a sampling of paintings and photographs of the artists' favorite wetland species and habitats. All paintings have been created by members of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
Saturday Family Fun on Snowshoes
10-11:30am: Saturdays, January 4 and February 1
Visitors enjoy a guided snowshoe hike with senior naturalist Shariee Edersheim as she leads them along the Pioneer Trail. In Pioneer Field, visitors hop, run, jump, skip, and then warm up by watching a children's nature movie in the Riedman Theater.
Identification Series: The Joy of Winter Weeds
10-11:30am: Saturdays, January 11 and February 8
Many weeds are just wildflowers growing where they are unwanted! Visitors identify winter wildflower silhouettes on the trail and in the field, and pick a small bouquet to take home.
Senior Snowshoe Sojourn (EASY PACE)
9:30-10:30am: Wednesdays, January 15 and February 12
Attendees enjoy a beautiful snow-covered trail with senior naturalist Shariee Edersheim. "Mrs. E" takes attendees on an informative hour-long snowshoe adventure. If there is no snow, attendees should plan for a leisurely walk.
Family Fun in the Winter Woods
10-11:30am: Saturdays, January 18 and February 15
Adventure awaits along the Helen Gordon Trail. Families spy on springtails, "be" a deer on the hunt for food, and find the wild horse hoof fungus. Then, visitors warm up by watching a children's nature movie in the Riedman Theater.
Wilderness Hike (VIGOROUS PACE)
10am-12:30pm: Saturdays, January 18 and February 15
CNC Director Dave Gotham guides attendees on a rugged three-mile hike in a pristine area of the nature center rarely visited. The climb is from an elevation of 1700 feet to 2200 feet, so this is not for the faint of heart! If weather dictates so, this may be a snowshoe hike. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy at the Visitor's Center.
Reservations are appreciated since the size of the group will be limited. Call 585.374.6160.
Serendipity Winter Wonderland Walk
10-11:30am: Saturdays, January 25 and February 22
Visitors discover plants, fungi and animals, and where, why and how they do the things they do!
Genesee Valley Nordic Hot Dog Days
11:30am-2:30pm: Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23
Visitors are encouraged to support the Genesee Valley Nordic Ski Patrol whose members patrol CNC ski trails every weekend in January and February to ensure the safety of the visitors. This volunteer organization will be selling hot dogs, chili, hot mulled cider, homemade cookies and brownies. Visitors discover how to become a member and stay in shape while helping others.
The Cumming Nature Center is open 9am–3:30pm, Wednesday–Friday and 9am–4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday. The CNC is closed New Year's Day, January 1, 2014. Admission is free for RMSC members. A donation of $3 per person or $10 per family is requested for the general public. For directions to the CNC, visit www.rmsc.org or call 585.374.6160.
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.