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The purpose of this Environmental Event Calendar is to make the public aware of all environmental events in the Rochester, NY area that either educate or provide a forum on many of the environmental issues in our area.  Most are free, some require registration, and all are to promote the understanding and movement towards a sustainable environment here. 

To add your event, e-mail it to Frank J. Regan.

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Complete video of press conference in ‪#‎RochesterNY‬ includes City’s announcement of Climate Action Plan and ‪#‎EarthWeek‬ events. Watch this remarkable event where local groups join their city in a commitment to address Climate Change. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), comprised of over 70 groups—labor unions, environmental groups, faith groups, businesses, and many more--joined the City of Rochester to open Earth Week festivities. Earth Week highlights many events going on in Rochester, including the Earth Eve Climate March Forward on Thursday. Mentioned in the press conference is the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan, which will soon be presented to the public for their participation.

Published on Apr 18, 2016 Announcing Earth Week Menu of Opportunities & Welcoming City of Rochester Dept. of Environmental Services to Rochester People's Climate Coalition.

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Events listed below are in order & this format: When Where | What


  • Thursday, April 21 at 5 PM - 6 PM | Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave S, Rochester, New York 14604
    • Mothers Out Front Rochester invites you to join the “Earth Eve Climate March Forward,” promoting actions and votes for a livable climate. A rally and short march, starting and ending with live music in the Park. Everyone wanted and welcome. Bring your own signs or pick one of ours! (There will also be a sign-making party; watch for details.) Food trucks with vegan options available. Speakers will include: Reverend Myra Brown - Associate Pastor and leader of Mother Earth and Racial Justice ministries at Spiritus Christi Church Mary Lupien - Mothers Out Front organizer/community activist. Elizabeth Henderson - CSA pioneer, author, expert on agriculture & carbon sequestration Please post any questions, and we will reply. Kindly DO RSVP, so we get a sense of numbers. For more information on Mothers Out Front:  and Participants may wish to stay downtown for other programs... The Sierra Club Forum at First Universalist Church:  Fast Forward Film Festival of Short Environmental Films:  For information on further Earth Week Climate Events: Rochester People’s Climate Coalition’s Earth Week 2016: "A Menu of Climate Actions to Suit Every Taste!"
  • April 21 & 23 at the Little and Dryden Theatre
  • Thursday, April 21 6:00-9:00pm Program begins at 6:30 First Universalist Church 150 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14604
    • 18th Annual Environmental Forum Agriculture and Climate Change: Formulating Sustainable Choices  with keynote speaker Keegan Kuhn, award-winning documentary filmmaker and panelists Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens, organic farmers for over 20 years Carly Fox, Worker Rights Advocate for farmworkers in New York state Thursday, April 21 6:00-9:00pm Program begins at 6:30 First Universalist Church 150 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14604 Free and open to the public | The executive committee of your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is pleased to announce the 2016 forum, Agriculture and Climate Change: Formulating Sustainable Choices, with keynote presenter Keegan Khun, co-creator of the film Cowspiracy: The Sustanability Secret. This film was selected as one of Netflix’ top ten documentaries of 2015. Virtually absent from mainstream discussions of climate change, agricultural greenhouse emissions exceed the total emissions of the transportation sector. We felt it was important to open more discussion on this topic and to show the public how their choices matter. (Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club)
  •  April 21, 9:30-11:30 am,   Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor 14564
    • "Open House at the Sanctuary"  April 21, 9:30-11:30 am,   Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor 14564  Enjoy the birds and early spring flowers on the club's trails, as well as coffee, tea, and a chance to chat with members.
  • Friday, April 22| 12:00 pm (noon) Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
    • Climate Vigil: Liberating the Earth and Ourselves What: The Climate Crisis is also a moral crisis.  Join people of all faiths as we gather to highlight this connection.  There will be speakers, quiet time to reflect or meditate. When: 12:00 pm (noon) Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
    • The 7th annual Pick Up the Parks event is just 2 weeks from Saturday! Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 for the 7th annual “Pick Up the Parks” event! This great parks stewardship event will again cover ALL Monroe County Parks in 2016! Please visit for a list of the parks included, for the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF), the Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF), and the Day-of Details Document (DoDD) which includes a list of what to bring, duties to be performed, proper attire, Meet-Up locations, and what we provide to the volunteers. To register yourself, your family, or a group of friends, a club, organization, business, scout troop, or class, please e-mail the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF) today to Ryan Loysen at rloysen@monroecounty.gov, or drop off, mail it, fax it to 585-753-7284, or call 585-753-7281! Be sure to include your group size, preferred park, e-mail address, and phone number. Walk-ins on April 23rd are welcome, BUT we strongly recommend that you register; each park has a maximum number of volunteers needed. Please also “Like” our Pick Up the Parks Facebook page at  Be sure to join us for the “Thank You Picnic” at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park, starting at noon. EACH volunteer will also be required to submit a Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF) in order to participate, or sign one on-site. Blank VWF forms can be found at here. The Monroe County Parks, our watershed, and our waterways belong to all of us, so let’s join together to keep them clean and green! Ryan Loysen Recreation & Environmental Education Coordinator Monroe County Parks Department 171 Reservoir Ave Rochester, NY 14620 585-753-7281 (p) 585-753-7284 (f) rloysen@monroecounty.gov www.monroecounty.gov/parks
  • April 26, 10 am  Sponsored by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club.  Meet at the Maintenance Area parking lot on Zoo Road
    • "Flowering Trees and More at Durand Eastman Park"  April 26, 10 am  Sponsored by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club.  Meet at the Maintenance Area parking lot on Zoo Road   Take a guided walk through the orchard, arboretum, and woods to enjoy and learn more about the flowering plants and birds in these lovely areas. Migrating raptors and warblers might be spotted.  Wear clothes and footwear suitable for walking and bring water.
  • Thursday, April 28 6:30PM - 8:18PM at Cinemark Movies 10 - Rochester  2613 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY, US, 14623, US  
    • A Special Showing of The Messenger at Cinemark Movies 10. Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary explores our deepseated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. In the words of Boreal biologist Erin Bayne, “Could we live without birds? That’s one of the fundamental concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece, we just don’t know.” Tickets are $9.00. The screening will only take place if 75 tickets are sold BEFORE April 21. To purchase tickets go here. To view the trailers go here.  Sponsored by Braddock Bay Raptor Research (www.bbrr.org) and Genesee Valley Audubon Society (from The Pachamama Alliance   April 2016 Newsletter )
  • When: Thursday April 28th Time: 4:00PM - 7:00 PM Where: D'Arcy McGees 257 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202
    • Green Drinks: Help Us Build YOU a better Environmental Summit   Join us for Green Drinks When: Thursday April 28th Where: D'Arcy McGees 257 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 Time: 4:00PM - 7:00 PM Join us for the next Green Drinks at the always fabulous D'Arcy McGees with Bob Knoer and the organizers of the WNY Environmental Summit. They're trying to make the Summit more innovative and poignant than ever with a fun, quick and interactive process where we'll solicit your input. We're going to poll people with small note cards while they're socializing to find out: What topics are you most interested in hearing expert speakers discuss? What workshops or training sessions would be a draw and get you to attend the Environmental Summit this year?  We want to know! Mark your calendar's and RSVP today. Light food will be provided. The first 50 people to RSVP to Green Drinks with Melanie McMahan at melanie@buffalo-energy.com will receive a free drink ticket at the event. There will also be a raffle for your participation and input for The Summit. If you're interested in being more active with the WNY Environmental Summit this year, please include this in your email to Melanie.
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM Where: Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
    • Brighton's Semi-Annual Pharmaceutical "Take Back" Program  Help ensure a cleaner and safer environment by participating in the Town of Brighton's prescription drug take-back event at Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing.  Citizens are asked to dispose of outdated and/or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications by dropping them off.  There is no charge for this event. When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM Where: Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue (From ColorBrightonGreen)
  • 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 30 and begin at Frontier Field.
    • NEWS RELEASE - MAYOR WARREN, ROCHESTER RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2016 CLEAN SWEEP DETAILS Mayor Lovely A. Warren joined Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason and Gary Larder, chairman of Rochester Community Baseball, today to announce the details of this year’s Clean Sweep event.  “Clean Sweep is a wonderful tradition that has become even better as a result of our partnership with the Rochester Red Wings,” Mayor Warren said. “Spring cleaning and baseball are a wonderful way to shake off the winter blues. The volunteers who participate in Clean Sweep demonstrate the home-town pride that plays such an important role in our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and provide a quality education for all of our children.”  Clean Sweep Saturday will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 30 and begin at Frontier Field. Volunteers will gather to collect a free Clean Sweep t-shirt, eat a light breakfast and get their assignments before heading out to project sites in city neighborhoods. Mayor Warren will greet the volunteers and pose for a group photo.  (April 11, 2016) City of Rochester, NY [more on Recycling in our area]


  • Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 6 pm at Peacework Farm, Newark, New York.
    • Tour a Farm that Puts Carbon in the Soil! May Day Celebration at Peacework Farm   Peacework Organic CSA invites you to a festive May Day celebration, Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 6 pm at Peacework Farm, Newark, New York. At 2 pm, riding her high-spirited nag, farmer Ammie Chickering will lead in dancing around the May Pole. No previous dance experience necessary. Next we will take a wild flower walk in the woods of the Kraai Preserve, a nature preserve open to the public. Then, there will be a tour of Peacework Farm with a focus on the methods organic farms use to take carbon out of the air and restore it to the soil where it contributes to fertility and water retention. You will see the new team of draft horses in action. There will also be a tour of the Johnson Brothers Food Forest Permaculture Project, including culinary mushrooms.  At 4:30, we will have a potluck supper.   One of the oldest CSAs in the country, the farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher, but that is a private home so use farm parking areas to left of barn).  Please bring a dish to pass, a place setting and folding chairs.  The farm will provide beverages.  All are welcome! (From Peacework Organic CSA )
  • Monday, May 9th, 7 pm  Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Downstairs meeting room  
    • "Dragonflies" Monday, May 9th, 7 pm  Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Downstairs meeting room    Sponsored by the Rochester Butterfly Club    Learn more about the interesting behaviors and unique features of local dragonflies in a presentation by Jon Dombrowski.  He will illustrate his program with digital images, and talk about his experiences observing and photographing these fascinating insects.  For questions, contact 383-8168.   Submitted by Becky Olson, Publicity
  • May 14, Albany, NY
    • Albany 2016 (Break Free From Fossil Fuels) CALL TO ACTION For A Livable Climate And A Just Transition To Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels Must Be Kept In The Ground. No Bomb Trains. No Fracked Gas Or Oil Infrastructure. No More Pollution. Crude Oil “Bomb” Trains Roll Through Albany, Polluting The Air In Our Communities & Adding To The Climate Crisis. This May We Gather For A Massive Action To Stop These Dangerous Trains In Their Tracks.   Joining Others All Around The World, We Will Put Our Bodies In The Way Of Fossil Fuels To Show The Collective Power Of Our Movement.   Our Leaders Refuse To Take Appropriate Action. We Will Do It Ourselves. In Albany, on May 14, 2016, thousands of people will stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry in North America.  The New York State Capital has been a key center for fossil fuel distribution and bad decisions for our economy and our futures, against the wishes of the people of the City of Albany.
  • May 15-21, 2016
    • Curb Your Car Week *Find one or more trips to leave your car home that week: to school, work, piano lessons, grocery store, or anywhere. *Bike, Walk, Bus, Carpool, Telecommute, Combine Trips *Register for free at ColorBrightonGreen.org, and then report your miles saved after May 21.  (All by email) *Open to all, don’t need to live in Brighton. Let's add up how many miles, gallons of gas and pounds of CO2 we save as a community!
  • May 23- 25 | Nazareth College, Hickey Center
    • 3 day international conference on environment and climate change Nazareth College, Hickey Center is holding a 3 day international conference on nature and environment on May 23-25, 2016 at the College Campus. Some 62 professors of religion and sciences are presenting papers. This is unique and significant conference. I believe we are pioneers in this efforts to organize an academic conference on climate change. Please visit our website for details: The conference is open to 90 participants: Registration for participants is reduced to half, 169 dollars per person only which includes all dinners, lunches and refreshments as well. Table of ten is 159 per person. Last date to register is April 16. Please email us to reserve your seat and mail the check written to Hickey Center on the address  below: Thanks -- Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D. Professor & Executive Director Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue IIIT Interfaith Studies Chair Nazareth College 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14618 naz.edu/hickey-center cisd@naz.edu (585)-389-2963
  • May 25th Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210 Registration required:   Click here to Register 
    • Genesee RiverWatch is hosting its 3rd Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on May 25th on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus.  Please consider joining us!   Purpose: The purpose of this year's Summit is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of the issues associated with the severe erosion of streambanks and the resulting loss of valuable soil in the Genesee River Basin. This event will explore the issues based upon presentations from regional experts and subsequent discussion with participants. The Summit will be broken down into four parts.   The Problem - Presentations by experts will review the geology of the basin, explain the extent of the streambank erosion problem, and put this problem into context. The Impact - Experts will discuss the impacts of erosion on farmland and non-farmland, economic development, habitat, and dredging costs throughout the basin. What's Being Done? - This series of presentations will present an overview of what has been done to date, including studies of erosion, watershed group actions, water quality monitoring, costs of erosion and soil loss, riparian buffers, and specific soil loss reduction projects. What Can or Should Be Done? - This series of presentations will look at the technical and economic feasibility of significantly reducing streambank erosion in the entire basin and get feedback from the attendees.  A complete agenda will be published soon. Date: May 25th Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210 Registration required:   Click here to Register  Fee: Free Includes: Continental breakfast and afternoon break. Please bring your lunch or use the food service facilities available on campus. Map and Parking Permit


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On-going programs with multiple dates

Oftentimes events are a series that have many dates.  Rather than try and list each separate date, I'm making a link to the series.  Please check them:

  • Check out this great on-going program ‘Sustainable Saturdays’: "Sustainable Saturdays Rochester Greenovation 1199 East Main Street 494-7100 or email at info@rochestergreen.org   Sustainability is our Life! The 2nd Saturday of every month is A Sustainable Saturday: August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 & December 14. Each month will feature different organizations.  We’re open 9am-4pm.   Our mission is to show the interconnectedness of all life through education & networking.  We'll be partnering with a combination of 60 artists, environmental groups, food vendors, green businesses, libraries, museums & schools.   Stop in to shop, donate items to keep them out of the landfill, talk with the organizations, buy some food & network with old & new friends.   We look forward to you joining us on this new adventure!   www.rochestergreen.org/
  • Neighborhood Seed Library at the Monroe Branch library | Join the neighborhood seed exchange! Beginning today, May 7, get free vegetable, flower and herb seeds (including some heirloom) from the Children's Room of the Monroe Branch library (809 Monroe Avenue) to plant in your own garden. When you pick up your seeds, also take some envelopes. In the Fall when you harvest your goodies, gather and dry some of the seeds your plants produced, stick them in your envelope, label and bring them back for someone to "borrow" next year. Check out Monroe Branch Children's Room  for pictures and details. Library hours are:  Mon 12:00-8:00, Tues 10:00-6:00, Wed 12:00-8:00, Thurs 12:00-6:00, Fri 12:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun Closed. Telephone: 585-428-8202

Other Online Environmental Calendars

We have a lot of environmentalists in our area and most have events going on, check below for their calendars.

Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Rt. 89 Savannah, NY 13146 (315) 365-3580 "The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast. Audubon New York operates the center, in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits. "

Montezuma Audubon Center kicks off the summer Home School Nature Series   CHILDREN WILL Explore wetland birds, insects, and plants   The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to announce the Summer Home School Nature Series that will focus on wetland birds, insects, and plants. This elementary education series for children ages 5-12 will teach environmental awareness, science, and appreciation of nature through the study of wetlands. During this three month series, home-schooled children will explore wetlands through classroom lessons, a field trip, and a project designed to enhance bird habitat at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Choose from one of the three sessions each month: Thursdays 10:00 am to noon; Fridays 10:00 am to noon, and Fridays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.    June 27&28: Wild About Wetland Birds Wetlands are very important for wildlife and for humans! Homeschoolers will explore a nearby marsh and the birds that live there. Great blue herons, great egrets, red-winged blackbirds and more will be studied to understand how these creatures use a marsh. Fee: $7/child.   July 25&26: Wild About Wetland Insects Wetlands are home to many kinds flying and crawling insects! Children will dip nets into a marsh to collect these small creatures and then study them under a microscope to assess the quality of the wetland. Fee: $7/child.   August 29&30: Wild About Wetland Plants Plants are an important part of a wetland ecosystem but not all plants are created equal. Homeschoolers will canoe around a wetland to learn about marsh plants and the animals that use them. The children will also remove some invasive plants from the wetland to improve the habitat for birds and other wildlife. Fee: $10/child.     Register and pay as you go or register for the entire series. $22/child/entire series; $20/entire series for each additional child.   Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center, please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.   Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146   Dedicated to Enhancing the Habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex & Surrounding Important Bird Areas. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s First Globally Significant Important Bird Area.   The Center is Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm   http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma