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Staff-Guided Programs

Refuge staff and volunteers can be scheduled to provide guided programs for youth or school groups. At least one chaperone or teacher must be present per 10 students. We require a minimum of 10 students/scouts which does not included siblings (in the case of scouts) or chaperones. The maximum number we can accommodate is 60 including chaperones and teachers. Chaperones and/or teachers are responsible for maintaining control of the group.

Programs can be scheduled weekdays to begin within the hours of 9 am – 2 pm, year round. Programs must end by 4 pm when the office closes. Weekend programs can be scheduled in the spring and fall to begin within the hours of 9 am - 3 pm. Programs must end by 5 pm, when the office closes. Weekend programs are scheduled when the visitor contact station is open and as long as it does not conflict with scheduled "Iroquois Observations" or other programs. Call the refuge office at 585-948-5445 for dates as they change annually.

Groups have the option of scheduling either one or more sections below for a maximum of 2 hours.

  • A naturalist led audio-visual program about the refuge (1 hour) this includes time to view exhibits in the visitor contact station
  • A naturalist led trail walk. (1 hour) We will talk about management practices on the refuge and identify plants and animals we may see on the trail. We generally use Kanyoo Nature Trail which has a 0.66 mile long loop which can be easily walked in one hour or less. Groups that exceed 15 people will be divided into smaller groups with a leader assigned to each group. Programs are geared for each age group.
  • A visit to Cayuga Overlook. View birds (possibly a bald eagle) that use the marsh below. We have loaner binoculars and can also bring a spotting scope to get a closer look at life on the marsh.

You must provide transportation from the visitor contact station to the trail/overlook and back.

We require at least 2 weeks advance notice to schedule a staff led program.

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013
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