Fall into fun at Tift Nature Preserve
BY: Catherine Miller | September 25, 2013
SOUTH BUFFALO - Fall is the perfect time to revel in the changing colors of the trees as you enjoy a brisk walk over crunching leaves, bask in the glow of a full October moon in the evening, or just enjoy all the changes in nature as the heat of summer gives way to more temperate autumn days. All this and more can be experienced at Tifft Nature Preserves.
On Tues. Oct. 1 from 3-6 pm Tifft Nature Preserve and the Buffalo Museum of Science joins Canalside at 44 Prime St. for a “Science of our City” event. Free and fun for all, sponsored by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the theme of the month is Citizen Science. Participants will learn how to become hands-on citizen scientists through science and nature related activities. Affiliates of the Buffalo Museum of Science include the Buffalo Ornithological Society, F.M. Houghton Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, Science Museum Camera Club, Buffalo Geological Society, and Western New York Sustainable Energy Association. Information regarding the various affiliates will be available at the event.
Join in the Hunger Games at Tifft on Sat. Oct. 5 from 1-3 pm when youths ages 8 - 18 are invited to test their post-apocalyptic survival skills. Forge through the wilderness and discover ways to find shelter, food and water in an undeveloped area. The fee for this event is $8 with discounts available to Buffalo Museum of Science members. Pre-registration is required.
Children ages 3-5 are invited to the Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp on Mon. Oct 14 from 9:30 -11:30 am. Hike the area, learn about trees, play nature games, make crafts and enjoy snacks with the gang at Tifft as you enjoy the fall season with the youngest nature lovers. Both adult and child are included in the event for $8 with a $4 charge for each additional child with the adult.
If you’re not afraid of the dark, come along for the Full Spooky Moon Stroll on Fri. Oct. 18 from 6:30- 8 pm. Start your journey with enough daylight to explore and enjoy the walk, and then venture the dark trails of Tifft and listen as the nighttime critters come out to scurry on their evening prowls. Fee for the event is $5.
Sun. Oct. 20 everyone is invited to discover the world of spiders, bats and snakes from 2-4 pm. The fee for this event is $3 per person, with a $10 maximum fee per family. This two-hour presentation will show the good side to the creepy crawly, slithering and flying animals that sometimes creep us out.
The Nature’s Circle event on Mon. Oct. 28 will allow young children ages 2-3 to explore the world of 8-legged wonders, through the use of song, stories, and a short walk outside. A great way to get the little ones involved in the natural settings, and exploring their world, Nature’s Circle will peak their curiosity. Non-members pay a $4 fee for child and adult, with a $2 fee for additional children.
As a great way to end the month and celebrate the spookiness of fall, Tues. Oct. 29 Tifft is hosting an After-Scholl Creepy Crafts event for children ages 5 and up. Kids can learn about creepy nature friends, explore the world of flying and crawling things, and make great take-home crafts. Non-members pay $5 per child, and the adult can participate for free with their paying child.
Wellness Walks continue each Thurs. morning from 10 am to noon and are a great way to enjoy the season with a new group each week. You can also Trek Tifft on Sundays from 2 - 3:30 pm with a guided tour of the preserve with the Friends of Tifft. A $2 donation is appreciated for either excursion.
With a full month of activities its time to get the kids outside and enjoy the beautiful weather before Mother Nature rears her cold winter head. Register for your events by contacting Tifft Nature Preserve at 825-6397. Tifft Nature Preserve is located at 1200 Furhmann Blvd.