Educational

Educational Events/Places in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County in the Chautauqua-Allegany Region of Western New York

Educational Events

Support the Arts at a 1920s Party!

Celebration of the Arts Gala with the Arts Council
Sat, 04/14/2018 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

2018 is the 20th anniversary for the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) so a 1920s-themed Celebration of the Arts Party at the Bartlett Country Club is the perfect kick-off to our 20th year. Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 to personally support the art of the Southern Tier at CCAC’s largest annual fundraiser.

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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day

Arbor Day Buy a Tree From Forevergreens
Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:00am - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 5:00am

On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to care for their natural environment.

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Challenger After Dark at The Challenger Learning Center

Challenger after Dark event at the Challenger Learning Center
Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Join the Challenger Learning Center for "Challenger After Dark"!  They are planning a fun evening to introduce adults to everything the CLC has to offer. There will be food, drinks, an escape experience, STEM activities and more! They hope you can join in!  They are pairing up with Xphobia to create an out of this world experience!

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Earth Day Trail Clearing and Clean Up Event at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Earth Day Trail Clean Up with Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Spring is here and we are ready to do some spring cleaning at Pfeiffer Nature Center! You can show appreciation for nature this Earth Day by assisting at our annual trail clearing and cleanup event.  It is the perfect way to enjoy the woods while helping to keep our grounds and trails well maintained and accessible. 

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Farewell to the Randolph Mammoth

Farewell to the Randolph Mammoth at the Catt Co Museum
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

In May of 1934, workers using a power scraper to dig a pond at the State Fish Hatchery near Randolph made a startling discovery.  They unearthed what was later identified as the skull and tusks of a Columbian mammoth; a particularly rare find for our region.  In the days that followed, much exciteme

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Celebrate Arbor Day at Nannen Arboretum

Nannen Arboretum Arbor Day Celebration
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for our 2018 Arbor Day celebration. We will plant a tree, hoist the Tree City USA flag, and hear an informative talk from a member of the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC).  Refreshments will be served to complete the celebration!  This is FREE and open to the public. 

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Franklinville's 2018 WNY Maple Festival

Franklinville WNY Maple Festival 2018
Sat, 04/28/2018 - 7:30am - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 5:00pm

Stop by to taste that mouth watering, freshly made maple syrup and learn the process of making it!  Experience two days of maple bliss in Franklinville NY with all day long festivities including all you can eat pancake breakfast starting at 7:30am, demonstrations and a craft show.  There will be a petting zoo, antique gas and engine show, kids rides, a craft show, a PARADE, a library

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Harmonia Chamber Singers at the Regina A Quick Center

Harmonia Chamber Singers at St. Bonaventure University
Mon, 04/30/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

7 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Quick Center: Harmonia Chamber Singers: An Evening of A Capella.  A highly regarded regional choir out of Buffalo, this 20-member group presents a variety of modern and Broadway a cappella choral pieces.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 8:30am - 10:30am

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

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Quilting in Leon with the Historical Society

Tote Bag Quilting Project from Leon Historical Society
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Feel like winter will never end?  Try a NEW learning Experience!  Make a quilted, lined tote bag with padded handles at the Leon Historical Society Museum.  These bags are really something! I saw one that was very similar but unlined on Easy for $42.00 plus shipping and actually prefer our lined version. Also the add a patch pocket or any other embellishment you desire.

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Leon's First Settler Bicentennial

Leon Historical Museum celebrates first settler bicentennial
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 11:00am - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:00pm

In 1818 the first settlers arrived in what is now the town of Leon.  Throughout 2018, the bicentennial year of this event, the Leon Historical Society celebrates the town's earliest history with a series of special programs and events. 

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Clean up days for the Nannen Arboretum

Nannen Arboretum clean up dates
Repeats every day on the 17 of May until Thu May 17 2018 .
Sat, 05/12/2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The recent snow and wind storms have created much damage at the Nannen Arboretum. The Nannen Arboretum Society is in the process of assessing the damage and has identified areas where volunteers can help.

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Rock City Park 2018 Mother's Day Arts and Crafts Show

2018 Rock City Park Mother's Day Craft Show
Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 5:00pm

The Arts & Crafts Show will include returning popular artists and crafts people as well as new artisans who will be displaying their watercolors, oils, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metals, wood and much, much more.  Vendors will be located indoors, but then visitors can take a hike through the park, exploring the huge rocks and crevices in, under and around them. 

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The Sounds of Spring at Pfeiffer Nature Center

The Sounds of Spring with Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Join amateur naturalist Jim Pomeroy as he teaches us to identify by ear some of our fellow crew members on Spaceship Earth or at least to stop, listen, appreciate and better understand nature from the sounds we hear.  This nature program will introduce us to the skill of “birding by ear” as Jim will share bird calls common to our area as well as the sounds made by local mammals and am

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 8:30am - 10:30am

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

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Southern Tier Symphony's 15th Season Session 3

Benjamin Grow conducts 15th season Southern Tier Symphony
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 7:30pm - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 9:00pm

Dare to do something different this weekend!  Make plans to attend Session 3 for the Southern Tier Symphony's 15th season.

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Ladies SUP Retreat Weekend with Adventure Bound on the Fly

Ladies SUP retreat weekend in Ellicottville
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 6:00pm - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 2:00pm

Ladies SUP Retreat weekend is designed to connect women with the outdoors and water through experiences, inspiration and adventure. You will return home rejuvenated with a more grounded connection to your every day challenges.

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2018 St. Mary of the Angels Basilica Fest

2018 St. Mary's Basilica Fest
Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 06/10/2018 - 6:00pm

Join us as we celebrate our second Festival as a BASILICA since Pope Francis' historic designation in 2017.  We are honored as a parish community to host the public on our grounds for 2 big days!  Food, live entertainment, Children's games and bounce houses, Irish Dancers, AOH Sunday Chicken BBQ, concessions, Raffle for $10,000

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Earth Spirit Educational Services and Timber Wolves at the Nannen Arboretum

Timberwolf program at Nannen Arboretum
Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Earth Spirit Educational Services provides diverse environmental education programs to the general public reconnecting them to the natural world through enhanced awareness, appreciation and understanding which fosters a relationship of responsible stewardship with all of Nature.  They will talk about Timber Wolves utilizing mounts, furs, skulls,

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Ellicottville Paddle Festival with Adventure Bound on the Fly

PaddleFestival 2018 in Ellicottville
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 3:00pm

Come join us for this two day event. Saturday afternoon join us at Spruce Lake after the Holiday Valley Mud run for SUP and kayak paddling, music, food and fun. On Sunday morning come to our demo/paddle center 1 mile from the village of Ellicottville where we will have SUP's and Kayak's on hand for demo along with paddle clinics, seminars, SUP yoga and kids events.

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Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Adventure Bound on the Fly

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard Classes Ellicottville
Sun, 06/17/2018 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Come join us for 90 minutes of fun and instruction. This class is designed for the first time SUP paddler but also can be a great class to improve your basic paddling and manuevering skills.

We will cover:
BASIC SUP STROKES:
Forward Stroke (aka J-stroke)
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Stroke
Reverse Sweep Stroke

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Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Adventure Bound on the Fly

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard Classes Ellicottville
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Come join us for 90 minutes of fun and instruction. This class is designed for the first time SUP paddler but also can be a great class to improve your basic paddling and manuevering skills.

We will cover:
BASIC SUP STROKES:
Forward Stroke (aka J-stroke)
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Stroke
Reverse Sweep Stroke

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Juneteenth Festival with the African American Center for Cultural Development

Juneteenth Celebration in Olean 2018
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:00am - 7:00pm

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

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Pfeiffer Nature Center's Historic Chestnut Cabin Open House 2018

Historic Chestnut Cabin at Pfeiffer 2018
Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Enjoy a visit to the Pfeiffer cabin which is listed on the national and state registers of historic places.  The American Chestnut cabin is a very well preserved specimen of rustic style whose basic integrity has remained unchanged since its 1939/1940 construction.  The cabin is a true gem of the Lillibridge preserve and an indoor exploration is not to be missed! 

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Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary opens for the 2018 Season

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary opens for summer 2018
Sun, 07/15/2018 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Open Sundays in July and August 2-5 P.M. Guided tours of all the birds in the beautiful landscaped park. Over 700 flying geese, ducks and swans, over 200 baby waterfowl, 70 different species, including endangered, protected and exotic.

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Marvin "Joe" Curry Veterans Pow Wow 2018

2018 Seneca Marvin "Joe" Curry Pow Wow
Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:00pm

A nationwide and international audience will once again convene in Salamanca for one of the most grand and enthusiastic celebrations of Native American culture.  This is North America's Biggest Smoke Dance Contest.  There will be other dance styles as well including Fancy, Grass, Traditional, and Jingle. 

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Rubber Ducky Festival at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary

2018 Rubber Ducky Festival at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary
Sun, 07/29/2018 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

"The Rubber Ducky Festival" will be held at our Sanctuary on Sunday July 29 with rubber duck races and tours of the all the birds. Music and food will be provided.

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Randolph Veterans Appreciation Day 2018

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Thank our area veterans by coming out and participating in Randolph's 3rd Annual Veterans' Appreciation Day! All veterans (in Randolph or outside the community) are invited to march in the parade: line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. in the 7-Eleven parking lot.

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Town of Little Valley Bicentennial

Town of Little Valley Bicentennial 2018
Sat, 08/25/2018 - 12:00pm - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 4:00pm

A BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION is being planned to celebrate the Town of Little Valley's 200th Birthday!  The celebration begins on August 25, 2018 and continue into the 26th with a parade and closing ceremony!  Craft (prefer actual handmade) and food vendors will be located in the Park. 

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2018 Cadiz Heritage Day

2017 Cadiz Heritage Day
Sat, 09/08/2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Have some old-fashioned fun on Cadiz Heritage Day to be held at the Howe-Prescott House with cultural demonstrations and food!

Watch apple cider being pressed, a blacksmith making tools, and butter churning. Learn about quilting, crop harvesting and more skills necessary in the 1800s.  There will also be historical items on display; like antique engines and so much more! 

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Pfeiffer Nature Center's 4 Season Photo Contest

Female Chestnust Sided Warbler by Jennifer Miller
Sat, 09/22/2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center is pleased to announce our photography contest and show!  There are four categories for entries:  Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer!  This contest is open to all ages.

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2018 National Alpaca Farm Days

Alpacas
Alpaca Yarn
Fri, 09/28/2018 - 9:00am - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 5:00pm

Looking for a fun and unusual outing?  National Alpaca Farm Days is September 29th and 30th where alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public.  This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas,

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Rock City Park's 2018 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

Rock City Park's Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 5:00pm

Columbus Day Weekend!  September 29 - 30.  Show Hours:  10am - 5pm.

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from around the world at the 10th annual Rock City Park Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show during Columbus Day Weekend.

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2018 Pfeiffer Fall Festival

Pfeiffer Nature Center's Fall Fest
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Delight in an afternoon of nature with your children or grandchildren at the Lillibridge preserve while engaging in many fun fall activities.  Enjoy cider and doughnuts, “train” rides, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, and trick or treating along the interpretive trail.  Costumes are encouraged to add to the fun! 

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