Mumford, NY, Jan. 28, 2021 - Instead of hibernating this February, young and old alike can head to Genesee Country Village & Museum for nature-focused activities, online and in-person classes, camps for kids, and a Valentine’s Day treat. Utilizing the wide-open spaces available at the Nature Center and Historic Village, GCV&M offers visitors a variety of ways to get out and have fun while staying safe and socially-distanced.
The month kicks off with a two-part webinar that starts with the complicated history of society’s relationship with nature as told through fashion, then dives into the current-day conservation efforts underway at the Museum. “Caring for Nature, Yesterday and Today” runs for two Wednesdays, February 3 and 10, from 7-8 pm, and reservations are open now at gcv.org. For those looking for more entertainment they can enjoy from the warmth and comfort of home, GCV&M is also offering virtual classes throughout February on seed starting basics and cooking, featuring a tempting red-wine truffle-making session. On-site, the Museum is offering a variety of classes in baking and woodcarving for kids, teens, and adults, so everyone can get out and learn some new skills this winter. The Museum’s website, gcv.org, has all the details and registration.
As a treat for Valentine’s Day, GCV&M is offering a Sweetheart Dinner for Two, pre-ordered and ready for pickup on Saturday, February 13, Valentine’s eve, as a special curbside Meal-to-Go treat. This ready-to-eat dinner for two includes shrimp cocktail, grilled strip steaks, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus, salad, and rolls, plus the option to add in a dessert from the renowned Cake Place bakery, offering a choice of two delectable cake flavors. Ordering is now open on the gcv.org website, and will be up until Wednesday, February 10.
For winter enthusiasts looking for ways to be active outdoors or just cure cabin fever, February at GCV&M is filled with programs that take advantage of all winter has to offer, starting with Nature Play: Wild Winter. This day camp for kids ages 7 to 11 runs on Saturdays, February 6, 13, & 20, and offers participants the choice of a variety of crafts, games, and activities to spark creativity and encourage a love of nature. Later in the month, a KIDDIE Cabbage Walk on Saturday, February 20 gets families out on the trails, enjoying the hilarity of silly games in the style of the Museum’s popular Kohlfahrt event, but geared towards kids and families, all adding up to a great day outdoors in a socially-distanced setting.
On two special nights at the end of February, guests can experience the unique magic of hiking the Nature Center trails under the full moon and have an up-close encounter with owls and raptors at Owl Moon, Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. The evening will include guided hikes, a reading of the beloved classic “Owl Moon” around a warm campfire, and a live-owl presentation by Wild Wings, Inc. Both Owl Moon and KIDDIE Cabbage Walk are pre-registration only, with tickets available on the Museum’s website gcv.org.
Guests to the Museum can also take advantage of the winter weather during Nature Sundays, happening each Sunday from 10 am-4 pm. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and sledding are all options as the weather permits, and with five miles of nature trails and a knowledgeable staff onsite, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had each Sunday, all for just a $5 suggested donation. GCV&M also has snowshoes available to borrow on a first-come basis, for those looking to try something new without buying their own equipment. Call ahead for updates on conditions and current activities at 585-294-8262. February may be a short month, but it’s filled with winter fun to be had at Genesee Country Village & Museum.
Photos: (1) kids playing in snow, staff photo (2) kids carving class, staff photo (3) Owl Moon presentation by Wild Wings, Inc., Cindy ElGaaly
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Day of Event Contact: Becky Wehle