Cayuga Nature Center

The lodge at CNC

Welcome to the Cayuga Nature Center!

The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution, provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.

New at the Nature Center!

Have you seen the poster of The Cayuga Basin Bioregion? Come see the original watercolor in its new exhibit!

Copies are on sale in our new store.

The Butterfly Garden

Come greet the butterflies as they make the Cayuga Nature Center Butterfly Garden their home for the summer! Learn all about these delicately beautiful creatures and what they eat and where they live!

Regular Events

Night Hikes | Fourth Friday at Nightfall

Hike our wooded trails under the big sky of our back fields or around our ponds. Find out who is awake and stirring under the moonlight. No need to bring a flashlight—you'll be surprised how much you see without one! Please call ahead for availability.


Animal Feeding | Saturdays at noon

Check out our many animals! We feed our snakes, turtles, birds, fish and mammals. Our staff of animal specialists will be available to answer your questions. General admission fees apply.