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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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  • I have gone to this nature preserve since I was in elementary school, and it offers a wonderful chance to see birds, deer, water, and an overall great woodsy experience. So close to downtown, the Tift...  more »
  • We did perhaps a two mile loop and while it was a nice walk, I don't think we'll drive over to do it again. It was too hot and muggy to see any mammals or reptiles, but we did see some gorgeous birds ...  more »
  • One minute you are in a busy city and then you are in the woods! That is the glory of TIFFT. Unfortunately the Visitors Center was not open today, I would have liked to see what it offered and maybe g...  more »
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  • 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.
  • My first time here and it didn't disappoint. Beautiful, well marked trails, deer, turtles, tons of birds, and a friendly staff all combined to make our hike an enjoyable one. Very kid friendly as well. We will be back.
  • Excellent trails and wildlife! We saw deer on 2 seperate trails, and a dawn hiding in the brush. There was a turtle sun-bathing on a log, and 2 geese eating with their gosling, at other points. Also, a bunny are some grass with 5 feet of us.
  • Quiet little spot off the Buffalo Outer Harbor with a nice fishing pier.
  • Awesome 2 see how this preserve has improved & changed over the years,great time walking the trail with my family, took kids fishing,recently went to a class to learn about local owls,again great informative time with family

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