Book a Guided Tour of the Preserve!
Explore the outdoors with a knowledgeable facilitator on a guided tour of Tifft Nature Preserve. These tours support the NYS MST Standards and enhance science curricula for all grade levels through inquiry-based outdoor learning experiences. Indoor activity alternatives to the tour may be offered in the event of inclement weather.
Tifft Custom Tour
All Grade Levels | Available All Year
In addition to the standard program offerings, Tifft can customize a Guided Tour to suit your curriculum needs. Content is adjusted to suit each grade level. Specific content may be requested. Some topics may also be available as a workshop upon request.
- Food webs
- Invasive Species
- Local History
- Trees & Plants
Guided Tour Topics
Animal Homes & Habitats
All Grade Levels | Year Round
Learn how local animals are adapted to their preferred environments. Students will compare characteristics of the Preserve’s various habitats, including grasslands, woodlands and aquatic ecosystems.
All Grade Levels | Mar - Nov
Venture on a sensory-based journey to actively investigate the Preserve’s seasonal characteristics. Students will explore plant-animal interactions and real wildlife clues through observation, smell, touch and listening skills, as well as inquiry, direct experiences and drawing conclusions.
Nature in Winter
All Grade Levels | Dec - Feb
Discover how plants and animals adapt to our region’s winter conditions. Students can hone their observation skills while searching for wildlife clues. Indoor activity alternatives to the tour may be offered in the event of inclement weather. Snowshoes may be requested ($2 per person), weather permitting.
All Grade Levels | May - Aug
Explore the Preserve in search of real animal and plant life cycles in action. This customizable tour will give students a look into insect and frog metamorphosis.
Tifft History & Human Impact
Suggested Grades 3 - 12 | Year Round
Discover how Tifft’s past, present and future are linked to our region’s history. Students will read Tifft’s landscape to understand the impact of human activity on the environment and ways of lessening our impact through resource conservation and habitat restoration. This tour can include a PowerPoint presentation on the history and future of Tifft. Please let the reservationist know if you are interested in this presentation. This tour is also ideal for college classes and adult groups.
Group Tour Pricing
Peak Season: $9 per student
Off-Peak Season: $7 per student
(Jul - Mar)
Adults: One adult required for every ten students.
Adults in 1:10 ration and required aides are free.
Peak: $9 per additional adult
Off-Peak: $7 per additional adult
To receive group pricing, booking of 10 students or more must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Max: 80 students
Min: 10 students
Pre-K & K Tours: 1 hour
All other grades: 1-1.5 hours