Register Now for 64th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage June 3 – 5

Whatever your level of experience and expertise, if you love the outdoors and want to learn more about it, you will want to be at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, June 3 - 5. Previous participants are shown enjoying a hike through a mature forest in Allegany State Park. More than 100 naturalist-led nature walks, lectures, and programs fill the weekend.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

There is still time to register for the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage that has been held the weekend after Memorial Day since 1959.

More than 100 naturalist-led nature walks, lectures, and programs begin Friday afternoon, June 3, and continue through Sunday morning, June 5.

This annual outdoor learning experience combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities. It welcomes both the experienced naturalist and the inquisitive beginner to beautiful Allegany State Park in western New York’s Cattaraugus County. The park’s 60,000+ acres abound with plants and animals.

Programs vary in length and may consist of a walk or seated lecture. This year’s topics include a star watch with telescopes, live animal exhibits, history of Allegany State Park, reptiles and amphibians, fossils, bird walks, bird banding, early morning and late night walks, flowers and trees, family and adult programs and much more.

The Friday evening Big Tent presentation is “River Snorkeling Adventures: An Evening with Underwater Naturalist and River Adventurer Keith Williams.” Williams, who has snorkeled across the United States and around the world, will share the life he has seen and the adventures he has experienced in an engaging and entertaining program.

Saturday’s Big Tent presentation is “Meet Your Neighbors: Environmental Conservation Starts in Our Backyards, with ‘Backyard Naturalist’ Twan Leenders.” Join this conservation biologist, nature photographer and Ecological Restoration Manager for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy on an exploration of nature in our backyard. Leenders’s stunning images will renew your appreciation of your backyard plants and animals and the natural connections they represent.

Since its founding more than 60 years ago by Gib Burgeson of Jamestown, the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage has been a cooperative presentation of Allegany State Park and volunteers from Jamestown’s Audubon Community Nature Center, Buffalo Audubon Society, Rochester’s Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, and Erie’s Presque Isle Audubon Society.

A weekend pass is $45 for adults, $20 for full-time students, $6 for ages 12-17, and free for ages 11 and under. Saturday-only passes will be made available on June 4 and are $23 for adults.

Register at Saturday dinners must be ordered by Thursday, May 26.

To learn more about this outdoor adventure, visit, where there are links to the online store, YouTube channel and more.