Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Evangola Nature Center

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100 Evangola State Park Rd
Irving, NY 14081

The Evangola Nature Center is in historic 1929 YWCA Recreation Building with original hieroglyphs and art from the women who stayed at "Camp 40 Acres" during the 1930s. During World War II, women who worked in defense plants were invited to the progressive Camp 40 Acres for "interracial weekends," which gave them the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors together and learn how to work together to accomplish goals. In 1957 Mary Elizabeth Woods became the executive director of the camp, the first African American in the nation to hold that position.

The Evangola Nature Center offers activities and displays focused on the Lake Erie environment that surrounds it. Call (716) 282-5154 for nature center hours and information on outdoor education programs.

Also visit Evangola's Nature Up Close page.

No Pets allowed inside of the Nature Center.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fee
  • No fee applies for entrance into the Nature Center
    No fee applies for public programs unless otherwise included in program description

    Group Programs available upon request:
    5-30 participants = $45 
    31-60 participants = $90
    61-100 participants = $150 

    *Each additional person over 100 is $2 each  

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Did You Know? This park is a key site for bird & bat migrations in the fall.