Built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC) was designed as a preventorium to offer children fresh air and sunlight for the prevention of tuberculosis. Today, CNC continues to offer exposure to and understanding of the natural world through our informal programming, summer camps, and various exhibits highlighting the unique nature of the Cayuga Bio Region. Incorporated as a non-profit in 1985 and merged with the Paleontological Research Institution in 2013, the nature center has become an invaluable resource in the region for families, students, and visiting groups to enhance their appreciation and understanding of the natural world.
Founded in 1932, the Paleontological Research Institution(PRI) has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of 2-3 million specimens, and publishes Bulletins of American Paleontology, the oldest paleontological journal in the Western Hemisphere. PRI is a national leader in the development of informal Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. With the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, PRI helps cultivate an awareness, appreciation, and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education.