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Our trails are open to individuals and families year-round from dawn to dusk. To preserve the wildlife at the Nature Center, pets are not allowed on our trails. Use the trail guide to help plan an enjoyable and environmentally conscious visit.

We also offer several public events throughout the year. Check our calendar for upcoming events. If you have any questions about events, please contact us at helmernaturecenter@gmail.com.

We ask that all groups make arrangements prior to visiting by calling 585-336-3035 or emailing the appropriate staff member. Reviewing our Program Guide for Educators beforehand will help us together plan the best program possible for your group.

Trail Map & Site Guidelines
Program Guide for Educators
Calendar of Events
Staff Members

School Group Programming

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On-Site
Our trained environmental educators lead both half-day (1.5 hours) and full-day (4.0 hours) school programs focused on a number of standards-based environmental topics at our Center. As one of the few educational facilities in Monroe County that does maple sugaring in March and snowshoeing in the snowy months, those programs are particularly popular. See Program Guide for Educators for details, specific pricing, and reservation information.

Please be advised that due to limited indoor space and staff, the nature center cannot accommodate more than 50 students per program session.

Outreach
We also offer outreach programs to bring curriculum-based science lessons into school classrooms. See Program Guide for Educators for details, specific pricing, and reservation information.

Program Guide for Educators

Scout Groups

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We offer recreational, educational, and service project opportunities along with a variety of badge and pin programs to scout groups. See our brochures below. Contact Katrina Relyea at katrina_relyea@westiron.monroe.edu with inquiries.

Boy & Cub Scout Programs
Girl Scout Programs