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Field trips will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. Please indicate when registering for the conference if and in which field trip you are interested in. Based on the number of participants final costs for field trips will be announced after the registration deadline on April 1st 2015. For any questions related to the field trips, please contact Knut Mehler at

1. Niagara Falls with afternoon barbeque at the Great Lakes Center’s Field Station (half day)

niagara falls

Only a 30 minute drive from Buffalo, the world famous Niagara Falls are located between the U.S. and Canada. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side, while the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are on the American side, separated by Goat Island. Using the Rainbow Bridge offers a great opportunity for viewing the Falls. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west). It is named for the fact that you can often see a rainbow over the Falls, which are just upstream from the bridge. The current fare for crossing the bridge is $.50 for pedestrians (each way). Please bring your passport if you plan to visit the Canadian site. For more information please visit:

After visiting the falls we will go back to Buffalo in the afternoon and stop at the Great Lakes Center’s field station for a barbeque including the regional favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings.

niagara falls with gulls

2. Letchworth State Park (full day)

Letchworth State Park gorge in fall

Located 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Buffalo, Letchworth State Park is one of the most famous of New York’s state parks. Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs - as high as 600 feet (200m) in some places - surrounded by lush forests. The highest waterfall in New York is located in the park. Known as Inspiration Falls, it is a spectacular ribbon waterfall that is located on a tributary creek a short distance east of the Inspiration Point Overlook, 0.4 mile (640 m) west of the park visitor center. It has a total drop of 350 feet (107 m). Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails in Letchworth State Park, which are wide, lined with stone or sufficiently cleared. Steps are generally stonework and well-kept. Some trails are even paved. The less beaten pathways are narrow, lined with dirt, rocks and branches. The historic, completely restored Glen Iris Inn offers overnight accommodations and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, please visit:

Letworth State Park Middle Falls

Great Lakes Center

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Science and Mathematics Complex 319
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4329 •  Fax: (716) 878-6644