Welcome to the James A. Zaepfel Nature Sanctuary and Research Center


The location of the Nature Sanctuary has a storied past. From the last glacial retreat to...


There have been many projects completed at Zaepfel. These include...


We take on many projects every year that help both the Nature Center and community...


Open May 15th-Sept 30th

Dawn to Dusk


We have partnered with Cattaraugus County to photograph and record all the invasive species throughout Zaepfel. The application that we are using also allows us to plot many other items such as maintenance issues, animal signs, species of interest, and much more! This is an ongoing project.

Latest Project

Latest letter from the USDA pertaining to the Wetland Reserve Program.

How nature helps you:

National Geographic

New York Times

USA Today


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