Visitor Center Hours:

Wed-Sat: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Visitor Center Hours: Wed-Sat: 10am-4pm | Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Trail Hours:

Trails open daily
from dawn until dusk

Trail Hours: Trails open daily from dawn until dusk
Location:

1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, New York 14203

Location: 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14203
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Our school break Discovery Camps offer quality counselors, a variety of educational themes and most of all - fun! BMS Members save 10%.

CAMP HOURS: All camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

REGISTRATION: Register online or call 716.825.6397. Registration required at least two (2) weeks prior to camp start date. Please print and complete the Camp Contact and Medical Form and submit it with a current immunization record PRIOR to the camp start date to Kimberly Adriaansen by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), by fax (716.408.9103), or by mail to Tifft Nature Preserve. Participants in camps for ages 5-8 must have completed kindergarten. Campers ages 3-5 must be toilet trained (no Pull-Ups).

LATE PICK-UP: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; $8 per 30 minutes per day (must be arranged at time of booking).

LUNCH: Campers are asked to bring a bagged lunch in a reusable container. (daily snack provided).

DISCOVERY CAMP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: Click here to download the Discovery Camp Scholarship Application.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Click here to view our cancellation policy.

CAMP CONTACT AND MEDICAL FORM: Click here to download our medical form.

Summer 2018 Discovery Camp information HERE! Camps will run June 25 through August 31. 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by May 1 to receive 5% per camper per week.

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Discovery Camps at Tifft!

Winter Camps

  • Warm Up to Winter | Ages 5-8 | February 19 - 23

    $225 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Stay cozy in the cabin while investigating all things winter with fun science experiments, live animals, crafts and games, as well as daily outdoor exploration for campers! Snacks provided. Please bring lunch in a reusable container. Campers must have completed kindergarten. Late pick-up arrangements must be reserved at the time of registration. Register by February 12.

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  • Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp | Ages 3 - 5 | February 27

    $7 per child with adult | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a morning of fun and exploration in our early childhood classroom with a different theme each month! Story-time, crafts, outdoor investigation and more help to foster the nature explorer in your child.

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Spring Camps

  • Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp | Ages 3 - 5 | March 20

    $7 per child with adult | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a morning of fun and exploration in our early childhood classroom with a different theme each month! Story-time, crafts, outdoor investigation and more help to foster the nature explorer in your child.

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  • Nature Potions Workshop | All Ages | April 22

    $8 per child | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

    Calling all wizards! Let's mix and measure, pipette and pour different natural ingredients to create a magical potion of your own to take home. We'll explore the colors, scents, and textures of bark, petals, leaves, seeds, and much more during this INDOOR workshop. All materials provided including glassware and cork top.

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  • Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp | Ages 3 - 5 | April 3

    $7 per child with adult | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a morning of fun and exploration in our early childhood classroom with a different theme each month! Story-time, crafts, outdoor investigation and more help to foster the nature explorer in your child.

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Summer Camps


Week 1 (June 25-29)

  • Natural Disasters! | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Explore the mighty forces of nature such as wind, snow, tsunamis and volcanoes. Investigate how humans and wildlife have adapted to survive them around the globe and learn how to make a simple emergency preparedness kit of your own.

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  • Natural Disasters! | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Explore the mighty forces of nature such as wind, snow, tsunamis and volcanoes. Investigate how humans and wildlife have adapted to survive them around the globe and learn how to make a simple emergency preparedness kit of your own.

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  • Natural Disasters! | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Explore the mighty forces of nature such as wind, snow, tsunamis and volcanoes. Investigate how humans and wildlife have adapted to survive them around the globe and learn how to make a simple emergency preparedness kit of your own.

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Week 2 (Part 1: July 2-3, Part 2: July 5-6)

  • Part 1: Dragon Fire and Fairies | Ages 3-5

    $90 per part

    Venture into an enchanted realm where nature reigns through the power of your imagination! We’ll make earth potions, treasure maps, magic wands, and fairy houses. We’ll create fantastical stories of mythical beasts and compare them to the real creatures of Tifft Nature Preserve.

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  • Part 1: Dragon Fire and Fairies | Ages 5-8

    $90 per part

    Venture into an enchanted realm where nature reigns through the power of your imagination! We’ll make earth potions, treasure maps, magic wands, and fairy houses. We’ll create fantastical stories of mythical beasts and compare them to the real creatures of Tifft Nature Preserve.

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  • Part 1: Dragon Fire and Fairies | Ages 8-12

    $90 per part

    Venture into an enchanted realm where nature reigns through the power of your imagination! We’ll make earth potions, treasure maps, magic wands, and fairy houses. We’ll create fantastical stories of mythical beasts and compare them to the real creatures of Tifft Nature Preserve.

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  • Part 2: Early Explorers | Ages 3-5

    $90 per part

    Embark on an adventure exploring Buffalo’s beginnings with crafts, games, and stories of Seneca Indian heritage, shipyards and railroads. Join in an archaeological dig, investigate real artifacts and create your very own time capsule to take home.

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  • Part 2: Early Explorers | Ages 5-8

    $90 per part

    Embark on an adventure exploring Buffalo’s beginnings with crafts, games, and stories of Seneca Indian heritage, shipyards and railroads. Join in an archaeological dig, investigate real artifacts and create your very own time capsule to take home.

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  • Part 2: Early Explorers | Ages 8-12

    $90 per part

    Embark on an adventure exploring Buffalo’s beginnings with crafts, games, and stories of Seneca Indian heritage, shipyards and railroads. Join in an archaeological dig, investigate real artifacts and create your very own time capsule to take home.

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Week 3 (July 9-13)

  • Art of the Wild | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Let your creative nature run wild! Become inspired by nature’s beauty as we create art of our own through paintings, sculptures, mobiles and more on the trails, in the classroom and even on display for the public.

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  • Art of the Wild | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Let your creative nature run wild! Become inspired by nature’s beauty as we create art of our own through paintings, sculptures, mobiles and more on the trails, in the classroom and even on display for the public.

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  • Art of the Wild | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Let your creative nature run wild! Become inspired by nature’s beauty as we create art of our own through paintings, sculptures, mobiles and more on the trails, in the classroom and even on display for the public.

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Week 4 (July 16-20)

  • Wild Animal Doctor | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    What can we do to help the wildlife around you? Explore how and why wildlife can be rescued and ways to make their wild home a better place through hands-on projects at the Preserve and at home.

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  • Wild Animal Doctor | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    What can we do to help the wildlife around you? Explore how and why wildlife can be rescued and ways to make their wild home a better place through hands-on projects at the Preserve and at home.

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  • Wild Animal Doctor | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    What can we do to help the wildlife around you? Explore how and why wildlife can be rescued and ways to make their wild home a better place through hands-on projects at the Preserve and at home.

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Week 5 (July 23-27)

  • Aquatic Odyssey | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    What’s wet, frozen, cool and hot? Water, that’s what! Explore our watery world and the animals and plants that depend on it through wet-and-wild experiments, crafts and games!

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  • Aquatic Odyssey | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    What’s wet, frozen, cool and hot? Water, that’s what! Explore our watery world and the animals and plants that depend on it through wet-and-wild experiments, crafts and games!

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  • Aquatic Odyssey | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    What’s wet, frozen, cool and hot? Water, that’s what! Explore our watery world and the animals and plants that depend on it through wet-and-wild experiments, crafts and games!

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Week 7 (August 6-10)

  • Six-Legged Science | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Get up close and personal with nature’s smallest neighbors! Ants, butterflies, crickets and more are waiting for you to get down and dirty as we explore the outdoors in search of our six-legged, eight-legged and no-legged friends!

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  • Six-Legged Science | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Get up close and personal with nature’s smallest neighbors! Ants, butterflies, crickets and more are waiting for you to get down and dirty as we explore the outdoors in search of our six-legged, eight-legged and no-legged friends!

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  • Six-Legged Science | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Get up close and personal with nature’s smallest neighbors! Ants, butterflies, crickets and more are waiting for you to get down and dirty as we explore the outdoors in search of our six-legged, eight-legged and no-legged friends!

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Week 8 (August 13-17)

  • Tweet, Peep, Quack! | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Birds of a feather flock to Tifft Discovery Camp! Hawks, owls, hummingbirds and ducks all call Tifft Nature Preserve home. Let’s investigate real bird biofacts, from feathers and feet, to eggs and nests and search for live birds throughout the Preserve.

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  • Tweet, Peep, Quack! | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Birds of a feather flock to Tifft Discovery Camp! Hawks, owls, hummingbirds and ducks all call Tifft Nature Preserve home. Let’s investigate real bird biofacts, from feathers and feet, to eggs and nests and search for live birds throughout the Preserve.

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  • Tweet, Peep, Quack! | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Birds of a feather flock to Tifft Discovery Camp! Hawks, owls, hummingbirds and ducks all call Tifft Nature Preserve home. Let’s investigate real bird biofacts, from feathers and feet, to eggs and nests and search for live birds throughout the Preserve.

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Week 9 (August 20-24)

  • Wilderness Survival | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Venture into the wilderness for a pretend adventure in search of shelter, food, fire-building materials and animal clues. Practice camping skills, map-making, fishing and more in the great outdoors!

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  • Wilderness Survival | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Venture into the wilderness for a pretend adventure in search of shelter, food, fire-building materials and animal clues. Practice camping skills, map-making, fishing and more in the great outdoors!

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  • SOLD OUT! Wilderness Survival | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Venture into the wilderness for a pretend adventure in search of shelter, food, fire-building materials and animal clues. Practice camping skills, map-making, fishing and more in the great outdoors!


Week 10 (August 27-31)

  • Guardians of the Earth | Ages 3-5

    $135 | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    Calling all super heroes and heroines of planet Earth! Here is your chance to hone your super powers and help save our only home against pollution, habitat destruction and alien invaders!

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  • Guardians of the Earth | Ages 5-8

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Calling all super heroes and heroines of planet Earth! Here is your chance to hone your super powers and help save our only home against pollution, habitat destruction and alien invaders!

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  • Guardians of the Earth | Ages 8-12

    $225 | Monday - Friday

    Calling all super heroes and heroines of planet Earth! Here is your chance to hone your super powers and help save our only home against pollution, habitat destruction and alien invaders!

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