The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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Rochester Environment Calendar


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


  • THURSDAY, July 2, 6:00pm | Crane Branch Library (Upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo.
    • THURSDAY, July 2, MEETING: WNY Drilling Defense - Ban the ‘Bomb Trains’ shipping explosive crude oil through Buffalo and Erie County. 6:00pm, Crane Branch Library (Upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo. Open to all
  • Saturday, July 4, 9:30 AM, Fairport:
    • Mothers Out Front is marching in Fairport's 4th of July 2015 Parade to protest the hundreds of explosive North Dakota Bakken Oil Trains that pass thru Fairport, Rochester and other communities on their way to Albany. Please join Mothers Out Front and spread the word. Bring signs! The parade line up starts at 9:30 AM on Hart St heading North. It continues to Maple St and ends on Whitney Rd. Please do not enter Maple St from Whitney Rd. There will be a lot of activity on the day of and it's best to take East Ave to Hart St.
  • SUNDAY, July 5, 7:00pm-8:00pm | WNY Peace Center.  Elmwood Ave. and Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo
    • SUNDAY, July 5, VIGIL: For the Victims of Lac Megantic Oil Train Disaster. We will read the names of the victims. Sponsor WNY Peace Center. 7:00pm-8:00pm, Elmwood Ave. and Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo
  • Monday, July 7,6:00-7:30 PM | Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
    • Monday, July 7, SESSION: Pope’s Climate Encyclical - Walk through it with Sister Eileen O’Connor, Member, Diocesan Care for Creation Committee. Sponsor: Sierra Club's Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
  • Tuesday, July 7  9:30-11:30 am | Meet in parking lot at Ganondagan, 1488 NY-444, Victor NY 14564
    • Butterfly Walk at Ganondagan State Historic site (including Fort Hill and the new Butterfly Garden)   Tuesday, July 7  9:30-11:30 am Rochester Butterfly Club    Meet in parking lot at Ganondagan, 1488 NY-444, Victor NY 14564   Wear long pants that can be tucked in to socks to protect from poison ivy .  Bring a hat, water, and insect repellent. Optionally, bring lunch and a folding chair.  For more details, http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/ or call Jon at 425-2380. 
  • Sat, July 11: 9-11am |
    • The Genesee Land Trust Walks and Talks The Habitats & History of Gosnell Big Woods in Webster Sat, July 11: 9-11am   Norma Platt & Margaret Potter are teaming up to give you a walk through Big Woods that will focus on the habitats, plant & wildlife plus some of the history of the land including its Native American history & interesting stories about the Gosnell family’s love of this land. Directions: Take 104 East, exit at Bay Road. Go north (right) on Bay Road until it ends at Lake Rd. Turn right onto Lake Rd. Turn right onto Baker Rd & follow to end. Turn left on Vosburg Rd. At the curve where Vosburg turns into Drumm Rd, the parking lot for the preserve. www.geneseelandtrust.org/ facebook.com/pages/Genesee-Land-Trust/114595915443?ref=stream
  • Sunday, July 12  10-12 am | Meet in the Visitor/Wild Wings parking lot at Mendon Ponds, 27 Pond Road, Honeoye Falls 14472
    • Butterfly Beginners Walk at Mendon Ponds Park  10-12 am   Sunday, July 12   Rochester Butterfly Club and the Bird House   Meet in the Visitor/Wild Wings parking lot at Mendon Ponds, 27 Pond Road, Honeoye Falls 14472   Wear long pants that can be tucked in to socks to protect from poison ivy .  Bring a hat, water, and insect repellent.  For more details, http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/ or call Carol at 383-8168 or 264-1550 (Liz at Bird House).
  • Tuesday, July 14 | 10-12 am | Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport 14450.
    • Butterfly Walk at High Acres Nature Area in Perinton to look for mid-summer butterflies  10-12 am   Tuesday, July 14  Rochester Butterfly Club  Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport 14450.  Park in the spaces nearest Turk Hill Rd.  Wear long pants that can be tucked in to socks to protect from poison ivy .  Bring a hat, water, and insect repellent.  For more details, http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/ or call Shirley at 385-3907
  • Wednesday, July 15, 7PM | Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623
    • ACTION: Make public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31. Attend meeting in Rochester, Wednesday, July 15, Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 | Meeting will start at 7:00 PM DEC Accepting Public Comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations Public Can Now Enroll For NY-Alert to Receive Notice of Sewage Discharges Four Public Information Sessions to Be Held The public is invited to submit comments on regulations to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31 and can now sign up for NY-Alert to receive notice of sewage discharges, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will hold four public information sessions to provide background on the regulations. "The Sewage Right to Know Law is a critical tool for protecting public health by requiring municipalities to report sewage discharges," said Commissioner Joe Martens. "In developing the NY-Alert notifications for sewer discharges, DEC strived to find a way to provide New Yorkers with free and easy access to this information while minimizing the burden to municipalities. With the NY-Alert system in place, information can now be provided to residents in a timely manner." (June 3, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Mon, July 20: 7-9m   1600 East Ave
    • Citizens Climate Lobby Group Mon, July 20: 7-9m   1600 East Ave Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of every month Keep the spirit of change & possibility alive! For more information contact Tim McGowan at tdmcgowan@frontiernet.net  www.citizensclimatelobby.org facebook.com/  CitizensClimateLobby
  • Thursday, July 23, 5:30-9 PM: | Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards, 5712 State Route 414, Hector, NY
    • Thursday, July 23, 5:30-9 PM: 3rd Annual Gas Free Seneca Fundraiser to help fund their legal fight against the Crestwood Gas Storage Plan. Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards, 5712 State Route 414, Hector, NY Silent Auction, live music by Marie Burns and Friends, farm-fresh regional summer cuisine, cash Wine and Beer, all for a good cause!   Can't make it, but wish to donate? Your donation is tax-deductible! Please Donate online at: www.gasfreeseneca.com  Or by mail to: Gas Free Seneca, P.O. Box 333, Watkins Glen, New York 14891 Please make checks out to: "Sustainable Markets Foundation", with "Gas Free Seneca" in the memo line.   Here's the Gannett Newspaper’s extensive series about the storage plan by Tom Wilbur and the editorial against storage:  http://www.r-cause.net/gannett--tom-wilburs-series-62715.html
  • July 26 and August 23 at 11:15 AM | First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South, room 110 
    • Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere


  • August 11 - 14, 2015- / Conservation Program/PO Box 113/ Victor, NY 14564
    • Ganondagan Conservation Camp August 11 - 14, 2015 The Ganondagan Conservation Program is designed to help students interested in environmental science explore multiple areas in the field. Hands on experience using field techniques that would not be available to most students until reaching college. Presentations from prominent members of the environmental field and working with camp counselors who are current college students with environmental majors will further explorations by participating students. Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites.  Students in grades 7th - 12th contemplating a major in the environmental sciences will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors. 


  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two UR locations)
    • Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24).  Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.


  • 30 November to 11 December 2015 | Paris, France
    • Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015  “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”


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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