A nature center is a facility dedicated to educating visitors about nature and the environment through exhibits, programs, and guided walks. Nature centers are often found within a protected open area and include pathways throughout their grounds. Some nature centers are complete with trails, observation towers, and more.
Rochester has several wonderful nature centers to visit.
Seneca Zoo Park
Take a safari with lions, antelope, giraffes, red pandas, African elephants, a southern white rhino, California sea lions and many more exotic animals from different parts of the world.
Enjoy the fresh Animals of the Savanna, feed the giraffes, play in the Tropics Adventure Zone, and take a tram ride from the zoo’s front to its back. By supporting Seneca Park Zoo’s efforts as a national leader in species survival and conservation action by visiting right away, you may help save animals from extinction.
The zoo supports local and international conservation efforts, such as reintroducing lake sturgeon to the Genesee River, encouraging reforestation in Madagascar, and more.
From mid-September to the end of October, enjoy fall activities like asparagus and sunflowers in August, a Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, and lots more fun throughout September and October. In addition, there is magic in the Christmas season with the best Christmas trees in WNY!
For nearly two centuries, the Stokoe family has been preserving our agricultural heritage. Take a wagon ride with your family to pick your own personal pumpkin or select the finest Christmas tree. Allow us to assist you in establishing cherished Harvest and Christmas traditions that will be passed down through generations.
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
It’s always a good idea to immerse oneself in the fascinating field of science, history, space, and nature. Follow your curiosity from one end to the other, from the bottom of the seas to the edge of space. The Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center at The Science Museum offer classes, camps, and activities for
Helmer Nature Center
The 68-acre Tinker Nature Park is located on the Pittsford-Henrietta Town line. There are two structures on the park grounds: Hansen Nature Center and the Tinker Homestead & Farm Museum.
If you want to get close to nature in Rochester, NY, you won’t be disappointed!