Kick Off 2022 with New Classes and Outdoor Adventures at Genesee Country Village & Museum
Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Nature Center will be opening its doors and trails this winter for Nature Sunday Experiences – opportunities for visitors to enjoy the snowy Museum grounds, learn about natural wildlife, and enjoy safe outdoor family fun. The Museum will be open for Nature Sunday Experiences starting Sunday, January 9, through Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a suggested $5 donation.
Visit the Genesee Country Nature Center and Take a Wintry Walk
Visitors to Nature Sundays will have the opportunity to explore the Genesee Country Nature Center and its trails meandering out from the main Museum campus. See wildlife in natural habitats, learn about local plant life that emerges during the cold months, snowshoe through forested trails, and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to take an independent hike or follow along with a GCV&M naturalist for a guided family-friendly experience.
Cross-Country Skiing on Nature Trails and Sledding on the Great Meadow
Visitors can bring their own cross country skis to GCV&M this winter for a truly unique experience. With miles of trails of varying difficulty, visitors can take their time exploring the winter woods on skis. Interested skiers can call (585) 294-8262 to inquire about trail conditions, and must check in at the Nature Center Building before beginning their adventure. Visitors during Nature Sundays can also enjoy an afternoon of sledding down the hill in the Great Meadow. If there is snow, visitors can check in at the Nature Center between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to join the activity. Families can bring their own sleds for races down the hill, paint the ground with snow paints, or build a snowman complete with wildlife-friendly decorations. To learn more about hill conditions before visiting, please call (585) 294-8262.
Web of Life Winter StoryWalk™
Families looking for educational winter fun can explore the winter StoryWalk™ along the snowy trails of the GCV&M Nature Center. While walking the Web of Life trail, visitors of all ages can delight in the storybook A Warm Winter Tail, by Carrie A. Pearson, illustrated by Christina Wald. Pages of the book have been installed along the trail for a truly immersive wintertime story experience.
Winter Weekend Camps for Kids Now Enrolling
Weekend camps for kids are now enrolling at Genesee Country Village & Museum. The popular Woodland Fairy and Elf Academy is an opportunity for 4 to 8 year old children to get in touch with their inner fairy or elf and gain outdoor experiences that will last a lifetime. The first installment of Woodland Fairy and Elf Academy is Winter Wings, which runs from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, January 8, 15, and 22, and gives young campers the opportunity to learn about all sorts of feathered friends who call the Nature Center home in the winter months. Participants will listen to stories, make bird feeders to attract backyard birds, and use binoculars and bird callers to meet new bird buddies. Go to the GCV&M website to learn more and register online.
Upcoming Classes and Programs
Learn something new in the New Year with the help of experts from Genesee Country Village & Museum. Explore a number of new adult classes and programs including an Introduction to Timber Framing Class (Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, and February 5), Pie Making Class (Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, March 13), and the popular Springerles Class (Sunday, February 13). Go to the GCV&M website to learn more about upcoming classes and register online.
Find all upcoming event listings and more information at https://www.gcv.org/events/. In response to New York’s statewide mandate, masks will be required for all visitors when inside Museum buildings. Visitors should also continue to practice safe social distancing at all points when on Museum grounds. For those unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we ask that you attend events at GCV&M at a later date when masks are no longer required.
GCV&M is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The Museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery, working brewery, vintage base ball park, and Nature Center, is located in Mumford, NY, 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. Visit www.gcv.org for more information.