Imagine being in the heart of a city adjacent to a nature preserve with many walking trails to transport you from urban traffic and noise to the most peaceful natural environment of plants, trees, birds and animals. What a contrast - a skyway, some rusted grain silos in the distance, the distant sound of a train...all echoes of a once active industrial city, but those past icons fade quickly away as my husband and I walked deeper into the over 70 acres of woods and water ponds of Buffalo, NY's Tifft Nature Preserve. The miracle is this natural wonderland was once industrial landfill ! At dusk, we saw a shy, beautiful fawn, bunnies hopping across our path, and a beaver headed toward the pond where he had started a dam. There is a visitor's center with displays and information about the flora and fauna of Buffalo, New York's Tifft Nature Preserve. On a recent Sunday, we saw children (a birthday party group can be arranged here) eyeing the displays in preparation for a discovery walk through the woods - but with warnings to avoid the nettles on Nettles Lane !
Others enjoyed a picnic at the near-by tables, or fished in one of the several ponds. There is no entrance fee and free parking for some dozen or so cars outside the gate. Tifft Nature Preserve is a great morning or afternoon activity for any age group, and an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of Nature.