Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo

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Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre nonprofit nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. Tifft provides educational programming and exciting public events all year round! Go to www.TIFFT.org to learn more about visiting Tifft Nature Preserve!

The Preserve was created in 1972 from land purchased by the City of Buffalo for a landfill site. Concerned citizens recognized the ecological importance of the site and convinced the city legislators to plan for the area’s preservation. The completed landfill incorporated many safety measures, allowing the land to have a new purpose, a nature preserve which opened in 1976.

The land that comprises Tifft Nature Preserve has a fascinating history. It was once part of a huge dairy farm owned by George Washington Tifft and later became a transshipment center, primarily for coal and iron ore. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Tifft's land was a dumpsite for city refuse.

Tifft began its transformation to a nature preserve in the 1970s. Nearly two million cubic feet of solid municipal waste was enclosed in clay and covered with soil excavated from another section of the Preserve. Ponds were enlarged, and trees and wildflowers were planted. Conservation of Tifft’s large cattail marsh helped attract a variety of animals.

In 1982, Tifft Farm Nature Preserve became a department of the Buffalo Museum of Science. Its name was later changed to Tifft Nature Preserve, to better reflect its purpose as a preserve rather than a farm.

Today, Tifft Nature Preserve maintains a natural setting. Animals from the entire region take advantage of its ponds, marshes, grasslands, and woodlands. It has become the urban sanctuary many people envisioned over thirty years ago. Tifft's Visitor Center can be reached at 716.825.6397 or www.TIFFT.org.
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  • What a treasure! Great place to hike and an overall wonderful experience. Bring the binoculars - you may catch some rare birds.  more »
  • Our first visit here. What a beautiful place!! Great trails for snowshoeing. You can even rent them if you don't have your own.  more »
  • We parked our car at the entrance and from there we walked to the Visitor's Center to get a map of this Nature Preserve. There were two full buses of children that entered here and the kids were excit...  more »
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  • Just got back from a birthday party on a warmish January Sunday. Great docent - Jake - and very good facilities. Nature with education and easy access.
  • They have a very nice collection of wild life in this area. Great for a school field trip, the kids would love it.
  • Great place to take a nature walk throughout the whole year. From birds, deer, and great scenery to see.
  • Beautiful nature preserve. Excellent for the whole family. Pathways and trails are well-maintained no garbage laying around. And great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. Also it's not too big so it's very convenient for little ones to get out of the house for the day and explore.
  • Definitely a place to go in Buffalo, many a times. Chill out place to walk with your friends and take some really good pics.. with nature
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