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.
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.
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.