Tait Preserve

Located in Penfield, N.Y., approximately 20 minutes from RIT’s Henrietta campus, the Tait Preserve features a diverse landscape of hills, deciduous hardwood forests, and open meadows in addition to Redman Lake and Irondequoit Creek, which flows through the property. The Preserve is home to a menagerie of animals, including deer, turkey, beaver, fox, coyotes, and a wide variety of spectacular migratory and non-migratory birds. Students and faculty have utilized these natural resources to great effect as they conduct research across various disciplines. Visits by appointment or reservation only.

RIT acquired the Tait Preserve in 2019 via an enormously generous donation from Amy and Bob Tait, for whom it is named. For many decades prior to being owned by the Taits, the property operated as a sand/gravel quarry and a concrete mixing plant. Redman Lake, the property’s 60-acre lake, was created in the early 20th century to pursue the sand and gravel that was contained underground. Over time, the property changed form as the material was excavated and deposited in different areas until it reached its current configuration. Since functioning as an industrial site, the property has been undergoing a process of ecological restoration and enhancement, which continues today.

 Leenhouts Lodge

Host your department retreat, conference, workshop, or strategic planning session here and enjoy the beauty of the spacious timber frame building and serene natural setting.

  • 4,500 square foot facility can host up to 125 people, with abundant parking
  • Multiple configurations to accommodate various types of meetings, meals, and events
  • Audio Visual equipment is available on-site for various media and presentation needs.
  • The venue is available for staff and faculty meetings related to RIT operations; private parties or events are not allowed at this time.

 Harvesting Now

Here is what is being harvested at the Tait Preserve Garden:

  • Green onions
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • All-star baby lettuce blend
  • Bib lettuce
  • Red romaine

 Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events.

 RIT Catering

No need to coordinate outside food options; RIT catering is available to serve food and beverages at your event or meeting at the Leenhouts Lodge. They offer a wide range of standard options or can customize a menu for your event.

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 Directions and Parking

Please note visits are by appointment or reservation only. 

1150 Old Penfield Road
Penfield, NY 14625

Tait Preserve offers ample parking for your event needs. Handicap parking is available.