About the Nature Center Camp

The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution, provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.

In addition to providing environmental education through public programs and partnering with area schools, the nature center day camp has been a staple of our educational outreach to the community since its establishment in 1986. Our curriculum approaches learning  by integrating hands – on exploration, active game playing, and facilitating conditions for self – discovery of the many wonderful things to be found in our natural world.

Our grounds include 100 acres of diverse habitats for campers to explore on our hiking trials including open fields of native wildflowers, ponds rich with amphibian life, forested gorges with streams and a picturesque waterfall, and educational gardens highlighting themes from pollinator friendly plants to the soil science of organic gardening.

Other camper – favorited sites on our property include a modern construction of a Pioneer Cabin on our History Trail, and a six – story treehouse built by the Ithaca High School Class of 2000.

View a Trail Map of our property.

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