CUMMING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS
Fantastic Fauna: Paintings by Mary Mullard and Anne Smoral exhibit
Discover the world class paintings of regional artists Mary Mullard and Anne Smoral juxtaposed with specimens from the RMSC collections. The relationship reveals a personal evolving understanding of mammals and birds and a mastery of acrylic and watercolor media. CNC trails invite you to investigate your own connection to the diverse fauna of Western New York.
Wednesdays, July 1 and August 19: 11am - 12:30pm
Enjoy a guided hike on and off the trails. Discover how the RMSC Cumming Nature Center is affected by the heat.
A Day at the Nature Center - Exploring Different Habitats
Fridays, July 3 and August 28
For kids of all ages! Parental supervision is required. Please plan to get dirty and wet. Bring a lunch, watch a DVD or take a hike in between activities.
11am - 12pm: Leafing through the leaf litter - discover what is under the forest floor.
12pm - 1pm: Digging in the dirt - who lives down under?
1-2pm: Pond dipping - aquatic vegetation and animals.
Blowing with the Wind
Saturday, July 4 and Wednesday August 12: 11am - 12:30pm
Experience a guided hike with no specific agenda. We're going where the wind blows us, and observing and exploring who's doing what.
Be a Herpetologist - Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders
Sunday, July 5: 11am - 12:30pm
Discover the slimy, bumpy, and surpringly soft side of nature on a guided hike off the trails as you search for frogs, toads, and salamanders in streams and on the forest floor. Be prepared to get dirty and wet!
Family Fun - Build a Fairy House/Elf Fortress
Saturdays, July 11 and August 22: 11am - 12:30pm
Learn how to construct a fairy house using all natural materials. Bring your camera because the houses will become part of the Nature Center. Plan on getting dirty! This is a project for children of all ages.
Senior Sojourn - EASY PACE
Wednesdays, July 22 and August 26: 9:30am - 10:30am
Discover the signs of summer as Shariee Edersheim, "Mrs. E", leads the way on an informative and easy hour-long walk to marvel at the beauty of the outdoors.
Thursdays, July 23 and August 13: 11am - 12:30pm
CNC naturalist Shariee Edersheim guides visitors on a two-part journey into the wonderful world of wildflowers and ferns. Edersheim also provides a brief explanation of the use of field guides.
July 23: Summer Wildflowers
August 13: Ferns
Family Fun - Secrets of Lilliput
Fridays, July 24 and August 21: 11am - 12:30pm
Take a hike in the woods. Search for pixiecups and tiny British soldiers. Run your fingers through a miniature forest. Hold tiny earthworms and bugs. Plan on getting dirty!
Family Fun - Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, August 15: 11am - 12:30pm
Amble through streams and underbrush. Crawl on the ground and over logs. What on Earth is going on? Come and find out. Plan on getting dirty and a little wet!
Autumn Preparation - Plants and Animals
Sunday, August 23: 11am - 12:30pm
Come with us on a hike to discover how the Nature Center's plants and animals prepare for the changing of seasons.
Serendipity Walk - MODERATE PACE
Saturday, August 29: 11am - 12:30pm
Enjoy a guided walk and have an adventure exploring areas of the property not typically accessible to the public. Visit a pioneer cemetery and an 18th century house foundation. Experience different types of terrain, including wet areas, so proper footwear is encouraged.
Wilderness Walk - VIGOROUS PACE
Sunday, August 30: 11am - 12:30pm
Bring your sense of adventure for a hike off the beaten path with Nature Center staff. Enjoy the outdoors as you explore areas of the property not usually accessible to the public and discover fascinating tales of the region's history.
NATURALIST LED WALKS
Bio: Shariee Edersheim (Mrs. "E") serves as a senior naturalist at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center. Edersheim was the lead interpreter at CNC in the 1980s and early 1990s. Edersheim leads several walks including senior sojourn and serendipity walk, among others.