Cayuga Nature Center

The Cayuga Nature Center provides indoor and outdoor programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and understand the natural history of the Cayuga Lake Basin as part of the regional and global ecosystems. The Nature Center’s 100 acres of woodland and old field overlooking Cayuga Lake are home to a six-story treehouse, live native animals, a gorge and waterfall, and more than 5 miles of walking trails. The historic main lodge, built by the WPA in 1939, houses the largest public aquarium in the Finger Lakes – highlighting the fish life of Cayuga Lake past and present – as well as exhibits on local forest ecology, wildlife, and climate.

The Nature Center was founded in 1981 to provide nature education opportunities to area youth, principally through summer camps. In 2013 it merged with the Paleontological Research Institution and expanded its onsite exhibits and programs.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day–Labor Day):
Lodge open Saturdays & Sundays, 10am–5pm
Outdoor animals, trails & TreeTops treehouse open daily, 10am–5pm

Regular Hours (Labor Day–Memorial Day):
Check website for Lodge hours
Outdoor animals, trails & TreeTops treehouse open daily, 10am–5pm

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