Educational

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

Educational Events

Nannen Arboretum Tree and Shrub Workshop

Sat, 06/04/2022 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

The Nannen Arboretum Society, Inc. is pleased to present a Tree and Shrub Workshop on Saturday, June 4, 2022.  Registration will begin at 9:30 am at the Town Center, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY.  At 10:00 am participants may choose to listen to Bruce Robinson’s presentation on birds and their relationship with trees or to Andrew Lance speak about the WNY Land Conservancy.

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St. Mary of the Angels Basilica Fest

Basilica Fest Flyer
Fri, 06/10/2022 - 12:00pm - Sun, 06/12/2022 - 6:00pm

Enjoy a good old-fashioned church festival at the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica Fest in Olean, NY!  Three big days of Faith + Family + Fun!  They've been doing it for 50 years and can’t stop!  Come enjoy the drive to the scenic Enchanted Mountains where food, games, music and fun await you! 

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Heritage Day at the Onöhsagwë: De’ Cultural Center 2022

Heritage Day 2018
Sat, 06/11/2022 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

The SINM is happy to announce their annual Heritage Day festival. The event is free and open to the public. 

Smoke dance competitions, artisan market, food, and more!!

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Marvin "Joe" Curry Veterans Pow Wow 2022

Native American honoring culture at Salamanca Powwow
Sat, 07/16/2022 - 6:00pm - Sun, 07/17/2022 - 10:00pm

The Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans PowWow is returning to the new and improved Veteran’s Park. The PowWow showcases Native American dances from across Indian Country while focusing on the Smoke Dance of the Iroquois and honoring Native American Veterans.  This PowWow weekend event is a perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of the First Nations through song, dance, art and traditional foods. The 2022 Seneca Veterans PowWow will be held July 16-17, 2022 at Veteran’s Park 526 Broad St.
 

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Rocket Summer Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Rocket Camp Poster
Mon, 07/18/2022 - 9:00am - Wed, 07/20/2022 - 3:00pm

Calling all campers entering 5th-8th graders! Join in Rocket Camp with the Challenger Learning Center!  Focus of camp is to introduce campers to the world of aerodynamic principles through the design, build and launch of their own rockets.  Fun, hands-on activities will be used to enhance instruction.

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Moon Vs. Mars Summer Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Poster
Mon, 07/25/2022 - 9:00am - Wed, 07/27/2022 - 3:00pm

Would you rather visit the Man on the Moon or a Martain? Would you like to take a space voyage that lats a few days or several months? There is so much to think about when planning the next NASA mission. Come join us as we explore all the challanges before aastronauts as they try to live in other extraterrestrial environments.

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Gooseneck Waterfowl Sanctuary Guided Tours

Bird Lovers Festival
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary will be open on July 31, 2022 for guided tours. Tours will be of all the birds in the beautiful landscaped park. 

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Moon Mania Summer Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Poster
Mon, 08/01/2022 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Moon Mania camp will introduce your child to the Moon!  In a span of three hours, campers will learn all about the Earth's only natural satellite.  In fun, hands-on (or feet on) activities, campers feel what it is like to walk and jump on the moon, will make craters and sparkling moon rocks, test their agility on moon twister and have an opportunity to have their astronaut portrait ta

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CSI Spies Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Poster
Tue, 08/02/2022 - 9:00am - Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:00pm

CSI Spy camp will introduce your 3rd or 4th grader (completed grades) to the worlds of criminal investigation and undercover spies. 

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Mars Mania Summer Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Poster
Mon, 08/08/2022 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Mars Mania camp will introduce your 1st grader (completed grade) to the planet MARS!  In one day, campers will learn all about the Red Planet.  Everything from creating Mars sand, visiting Olympus Mons, creating their own alien, building a miniature Mars colony, and learning with Sparki the Coding Rover will be covered in fun, hands-on activities! 

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The Science of Color and Light Camp at the Challenger Learning Center 2022

Poster
Tue, 08/09/2022 - 9:00am - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 3:00pm

The Science of Color and Light camp will introduce your 2nd or 3rd grader (completed grades) to the wonders of color and light that is all around them. Each activity will show color in our world and how we see it and even use color. The science of color is explained in fun, hands-on activities.

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Wild Wing Fest at Gooseneck Waterfowl Sanctuary

Sun, 08/28/2022 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy food and music and guided tours where you can see 700 ducks, geese and swans from all over the world.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is home to two of the largest covered aviaries in the United States, with more than 78 different species and 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese, and swans.

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Wine Tasting Train Ride 2022

NYLE Trail in Gowanda NY
Sat, 09/24/2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Take a fun filled 2 hour round trip, that departs at 5:00pm from our Gowanda Depot and travels through the fall leaves, meadows and valleys to South Dayton. 

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2022 Rock City Park's Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

Rock City Park's Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sat, 10/01/2022 - 10:00am - Sun, 10/02/2022 - 5:00pm

October 1st & 2nd,  Show Hours:  10am - 5pm.

Rock enthusiasts will have the chance to view, purchase and learn about rare and common rocks from

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/08/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/09/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/15/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/16/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/22/2022 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Fall Foliage Train Ride 2022

NYLE Rail Station in Gowanda NY
Sun, 10/23/2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a special roundtrip train excursion to South Dayton and back to see the fall foliage colors! The excursion also includes a 45-minute layover in South Dayton to let you explore the area before turning around and heading back to Gowanda, NY.

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Happy Halloween Train Ride 2022

Halloween Train Ride in Gowanda NY
Sat, 10/29/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 10/30/2022 - 4:00pm

We want to see your costumes! This roundtrip excursion stops in South Dayton and then continues back to to Gowanda, NY.

Our annual train ride features a costume contest, candy counting contest, prizes & more! We can’t wait for everyone to join the fun in their spooky and creative costumes this Halloween!

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Santa Express Train Ride 2022

Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the train
Repeats every week until Mon Dec 19 2022 .
Sat, 12/03/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/04/2022 - 4:00pm
Sat, 12/10/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/11/2022 - 4:00pm
Sat, 12/17/2022 - 11:00am - Sun, 12/18/2022 - 4:00pm

1 hour round trip from Gowanda, NY to Dayton, NY and return. Santa, and Mrs. Claus are coming all the way from the North Pole to ride with us. Join us on a fun and festive Christmas train ride where the kids get to meet Santa! He might even have gifts for all the boys and girls!

Times of Train Rides:

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Travel Guide

2022 Guide Cover

It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County.

Request the Enchanted Mountains guide to be snail mailed to you for FREE!

NYAGT Geocaching Trails

Huge Outdoor Sculpture Park

Griffis Sculpture Park is located on over 400 acres and holds over 250 sculptures.

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