National Parks / Natural World
Tifft Nature Preserve Buffalo
Where is it at?
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard
Tel: 716 825 6397
Where are we going today?
Now kids - put those phones and computers away because there is a whole WORLD to see, and you have to start somewhere, so why not the Tifft Nature Preserve?
This beautiful piece of nature is 264 acres, filled with wildlife and ecological importance. The area is protected, so it's a great way to see nature at it's best.
Did you know that the preserve was actually created back in 1972 when it was purchased for a landfill site? But then people realised how incredibly important the site was, and it became a nature preserve (which is great for you, because now you get to experience it!)
The preserve is such a lovely way to enjoy the great outdoors. There are over five miles of nature trails to explore, where you can spot some of the hundreds of bird species that call it home.
When you arrive, the best bet is to head straight to the Visitor Center. It's here you can pick up some trail maps, and get an understanding of all the rules.
The terrain is a mix of marsh, swamps, ponds, woodlands, grassy fields and thickets, so the diversity is a great learning experience for kids.
If you are serious bird spotters, take those bird books and binoculars and head over to the three boardwalks, where there are viewing blinds.
Every Thursday the preserve offers guided walks for a donation, and there are lots of fun activities for those active families. There is snowshoe rental, as well as Discovery Kits which are always popular. There is cross-country skiing, as well as fishing on Lake Kirsty!
They also offer a terrific set of afterschool programmes all based around camping and exploration.
So why not switch those TVs off, and get out into nature and enjoy the great outdoors!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Trails: dawn to dusk. Visitor Center: 10am - 4pm Wed - Sat / 12pm - 4pm Sun
There are workshops and guided tours for schools! They can offer 2-3 hour in-depth science activities which give students hands-on experiences both indoors and outdoors. Give them a call for more information!.
You are welcome to picnic but please take ALL your trash with you and treat the area with respect..
It's always a good idea to keep healthy snacks in your bag so the kids can keep their energy up if you are hiking or enjoying active activities.
Any Top Tips?
Be prepared for weather! Sun hats and creams, plenty of drinks, and wet wear just in case..
Doing our bit
Not only do they look after an incredible ecosystem, but they know kids love it too, so they make it fun! They have great programs for kids, including Discovery Camps during school breaks, and mini nature camps once a month!.
Can I get one of those?
Can you have a birthday party at the preserve? You sure can! These are very popular, and there are great nature based party themes! These include scavenger hunts, bug hunts and fishing!.
The guided tours are 10am - 12pm on Thursdays, for a $2 donation towards the upkeep of the preserve..
What people are saying?
by Kimberly May
There is always something beautiful and new to experience at Tifft! I am amazed at the abundance of wildlife that call Tifft home, either seasonally or all year-round. It is a wildlife watcher's and photographer's dream come true and also simply an excellent place to just go for a walk and relax outdoors with family or friends or enjoy the fun and educational programming offered by the staff all year.
by Michael Adriaansen
Very nice trails, friendly staff, nice variety of programs. Great place for birders.
by Steve Bell
My wife, Nicole and I were just married at Tifft Nature preserve on July 27th, 2013. We are so happy we "stumbled" across Tifft in our search for an outdoor venue for our ceremeony. Lauren and Megan went out of the way to accomodate all of our requests and made sure our wedding went on without a hitch. I can not say enough about what a great job they did and how much Nikki and I were happy we got married there!!! Thanks a BILLION!!
Steve and Nikki
by Tyler Waterman
by Jeremy Bates
Great place for walk or run!!