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Five southtowns cultural institutions, 'one amazing summer'


Thu, Jun 1st 2023 09:05 pm

Tifft Nature Preserve, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical GardensPenn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve, the Roycroft Campus and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff have teamed up to encourage visitation to all five southtown cultural sites this summer with a brand-new “Southtowns Cultural Passport.”

This free “passport” will be available to pick up at all five locations and starts this Friday, June 2. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit each location for either a tour or regular admission and be able to collect a stamp from each stop in their passport. Once completed, they will turn the passport in to their final destination to be entered to win a special prize pack valued at over $450 that includes a one-year family membership to each of the cultural sites.

Graycliff Executive Director Anna Kaplan said, “All of these sites are within a short drive, and each offers a wholly unique and valuable experience. Our hope is that visitors will engage with organizations they know well, and get to know others they may have yet to explore along the way. The WNY southtowns are a wonderful asset, and the summer is a perfect time to spend time south of the city!”

Erie County Botanical Gardens COO Erin Grajek said, "Western New York has amazing cultural assets, and this passport highlights a few attractions located in the southern half of Erie County. You never know what you will find, learn or be inspired by, until you get out there and explore. We wish everyone great summer adventures while filling up this new Southtowns Cultural Passport!"

Each of the five organizations has varying visiting hours, programming and admission costs, so interested participants can visit each organization’s website for more information on how to visit. The Southtowns Cultural Passport itself has a map, contact information for each site, as well as coupon codes to save some money along the way.

Passports will be stamped at the point of sale or upon arrival of the program. They can be completed in any sequence and turned into any of the participating locations to be entered to win the prize pack. For more information, visit https://experiencegraycliff.org/southtowns-cultural-passport/.

Participating organizations include: 

√ Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; tifft.org, 716-825-6397

√ Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo; buffalogardens.com, 716-827-1584

√ Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve, 4050 North St., Blasdell; penndixie.org, 716-627-4560

√ Roycroft Campus, 31 S. Grove St, East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorporation.com, 716-655-0261

√ Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby; experiencegraycliff.org, 716-947-9217

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