Finch Hollow Nature Center
Located at 1394 Oakdale Road in Johnson City, Finch Hollow Nature Center is a natural history museum with approximately 1 mile of scenic, easy-to-walk nature trails winding through field, pond and wooded habitats. The museum features approximately 25 display cases, showcasing numerous mounted specimens of local wildlife. A variety of hands-on displays offer visitors the opportunity for fun, participatory learning.
Trails and grounds are open to the public daily, during daylight hours. Museum hours vary; calling ahead is suggested. Admission is free.
Finch Hollow Nature Center also offers a wide variety of nature-related public programs for all ages, year-round. Organized groups of 10 or more are invited to schedule a guided nature program with Finch Hollow staff. Please call for dates and fee information.
- Self-Guided Nature Trail
- Interpretive displays
- Picnic tables
- Meeting room
- No swimming or boating allowed
Call for Open Hours: 607.729.4231
Closed holiday weekends.
Special group visits by appointment.
Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Large groups are requested to call in advance of their visit.
For further information, call the Center at 607.729.4231.
Brochure/Trail Guide and Naturalists' Notes
- Finch Hollow Nature Center Brochure/Trail Guide (pdf, 133KB)
- Winter 2014 Naturalists' Notes (pdf, 270KB)
- Spring 2014 Naturalists' Notes (pdf, 437KB)
As the center of interpretive efforts for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Finch Hollow Nature Center is a restored school building housing a permanent display of over 300 mounted birds and animals, many mounted by the late renowned, local area taxidermist, Lee Loomis. Most of the species exhibited are found in the Broome County area.
In addition, displays of local wildlife, and other natural history topics are featured. Interpretive trails surround a Broome County flood control site, offering an excellent nature study area and outdoor classroom for visiting groups. The building also offers a meeting room that accommodates film and special presentations and is for use by public groups and as a supplement to the outdoor classroom. A full-time naturalist staff is available to answer questions and assist groups visiting the Center. Click here to learn about scheduled events.
Services and Programs
- Museum tours for school groups (nursery through college)
- Nature interpretive programs at Finch Hollow Nature Center or any other Broome County Park, for educational institutions
- Day visits by any organized group, including guided nature walks, tour of museum, films, or slide presentations
- Teacher outdoor education workshops
- School site nature trail development and program planning
- Special Saturday nature programs
- Summer programs for Broome County Parks' visitors
- Use of facilities by community groups
- Individual or family visits
- Individuals are welcomed to walk the trails any day during daylight hours and view the museum displays during open hours at the Center.
Groups are requested to make an appointment in advance before visiting the Center. By following this procedure, groups can obtain the services of a naturalist, if desired, and avoid scheduling conflicts with other organizations wishing to visit Finch Hollow Nature Center.
Teachers wishing to visit Finch Hollow with their classes should call the Center and be placed on the teacher mailing list. Periodically, information regarding available programs and registration procedure will be sent to area teachers.
Nature Interpretive Programs Forms
- Nature Interpretive Program Winter-Spring 2014 (pdf, 176KB)
- Nature Interpretive ProgramYoung Children Winter-Spring 2014 (pdf, 34KB)
- Nature Interpretive Program Young Children Winter-Spring Regis Form 2014 (pdf, 9KB)
- Flyer (pdf, 671KB)
- Restration Form/Health Certificate (pdf, 428KB)
- Parental Permission to Supervise Use of Medication/Sunscreen (pdf, 183KB)
- Swimming Permission (pdf, 97KB)