Nature Activities in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County

Nature Events

'The Continental Glacier and Cattaraugus County' at Nannen Arboretum

Nannen Arboretum Continental Glacier and Cattaraugus County
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Nannen Arboretum Society of Ellicottville, NY is proud to present the first of the 2018 educational classes for the general public. Education is an integral part of the mission of the Nannen Arboretum Society. The initial presentation will be given by Tim Baird on Wednesday March 21 at 6pm at the Town Center (28 Parkside) in Ellicottville, NY.

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The Importance of Native Plants for Future Sustainability

The importance of Native Plants for Future Sustainability
Sat, 03/24/2018 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Habitat loss from destruction, fragmentation and degradation is a threat the native flora and fauna.  Gardeners in urban, suburban and rural residential communities are uniquely suited to create pockets of biodiversity to produce long term environmental sustainability.  

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Kid's Earth Day Program at Pfeiffer Nature Center

Kid's Earth Day at Pfeiffer Nature Center
Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Earth day was first celebrated on April 22nd, 1970.  It is a special day set aside to appreciate our planet and to participate in projects which help to keep our environment clean and lively.  It is very important to involve children in Earth Day events as they have the most important stake in keeping our planet healthy into the future. 

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How to Make Water Kefir with Canticle Farm

How to Make Water Kefir with Canticle Farm
Wed, 04/11/2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass. Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.

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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 and Arbor Day Celebration at Allegany State Park

Earth and Arbor Day at Allegany State Park 2018
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Come join the fun and celebrate 2 things we can’t live without - Mother Earth and Trees! Saturday, April 22, 2018 from 10am – 1pm at the Red House Administration Building Lobby.

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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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Celebrate Earth Day with Canticle Farm!

Celebrate Earth Day with Canticle Farm 2018
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Saturday, April 21st, Earth Day, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and Canticle Farm have chosen to host a grand celebration with Family-orientated Earth Day Activities. 

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Spayghetti Dinner and Dance Fundraiser for SPCA in Cattaraugus County

Spayghetti Dinner for SPCA in Cattaraugus County
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Come to a fun filled "Spayghetti" Dinner to help raise funds for the SPCA!  Only 225 tickets will be sold, so get them early!  $15 per person donation gets you Spaghetti with Meatballs (or plain sauce), a Chef Salad, Garlic Bread, Hot or Cold Beverage, and Cake!  Held at the Olean Pulaski Club, dinner is served from 5-7pm, with takeouts available.  Stay late for dancing to t

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2018 Taste of the Southtowns for Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary

Goosneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary Taste of the Southtowns 2018
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:30am - 5:00pm

GREAT FOOD for a great cause!  Taste of the Southtowns - Sunday April 22 from 11:30-5 P.M. - St.

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Celebrate Arbor Day at Nannen Arboretum

Arbor Day at Nannen Arboretum
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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2018 Griffis Sculpture Park Opening

Griffis Sculpture Park opens 2018
Tue, 05/01/2018 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

The warm weather is here and now it's time to enjoy the feel of the sun on the large steel sculptures at one of Cattaraugus County's most favorite parks....Griffis Sculpture Park!  The park features over 250 large scale sculptures dispersed through miles of hiking trails.

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Allegany State Park GeoBash 2018

2018 Allegany State Park Geobash
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:00pm - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:00pm

The 13th annual gathering of geocachers in beautiful Allegany State Park has been published! ASP Geobash XIII will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8AM to 8PM.

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Allegany State Park's Classic Car Cruise In 2018

Allegany State Park's Classic Car Cruise In
Repeats every month on June, July, August, September on the second Wednesday until Wed Sep 12 2018 .
Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Are you a classic car owner or classic car fan? Then this summer Allegany State Park is the place to be at the ASP Classic Car Cruise In. For classic car owners this is a perfect place to cruise the roads of the park and then show off your vehicle. For car fans this is a great place to check out vehicles from yesteryear.

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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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Annual Raccoon Rally Cycling Festival Weekend 2018

2018 Raccoon Rally at Allegany State Park
Sun, 06/17/2018 - 9:00am - 9:00pm

Allegany State Park plays host to one of the longest standing traditions in cycling in Western New York drawing competitors from several surrounding states.  The Raccoon Rally offers cyclists and families one of the most picturesque and memorable quad busting days of cycling action annually.  Over the years the Rally continues to evolve delivering a cycling tradition to thousand

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Independence Day Celebration at Allegany State Park

2018 Independence Day at Allegany State Park
Tue, 07/03/2018 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Grab your lawn chairs and head to Allegany State Park’s Quaker Beach area to celebrate our nation’s independence! The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. on July 3rd with a chicken barbecue (until sold out).  Later on, listen to live music, enjoy vendors and spend time at the beach! 

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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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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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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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Allegany State Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join Allegany State Park as they celebrate National Public Lands Day with their 14th year of participation! National Public Lands Day is our nation’s largest one-day event designed to give people a chance to give back to the public lands they love by volunteering for a few hours on a variety of service projects that enhance both the park and the visitor experience.

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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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Clone of Pfeiffer Nature Center Holiday Wreath Sale

Pfeiffer Nature Center Wreath Sale 2018
Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:00am - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00pm

Bring a bit of Nature closer to you this holiday season by displaying a beautiful holiday wreath.  Choose from a handmade, decorated or undecorated Fraser Fir or Boxwood. 

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WKA National Championship Races

Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey is home to Go-Kart racing’s WKA National Championship races.

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