The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

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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. 

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

April 2015

  • April 17, 2015 - April 27, 2015
  • Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18, 2015.
    • Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto Schults  Center,  Nazareth College  FREE, but please register
    • Celebrate Earth Week 2015 and  discover the hope, connections and creative potential in these troubling times.   Attend  Awakening the Dreamer-Changing the Dream Symposium: an experience to inspire action toward the more sustainable, just and fulfilling world our hearts know is possible. This  symposium is in our area:  April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto Schults  Center,  Nazareth College  FREE, but please register at: Here. Questions? Contact Nancy at (315)-587-9349
  • Monday, April 20th at 12:00PM to 1:00PM on WXXI (PBS) 1370 AM Connections with Evan Dawson Radio Show

    • If you cannot make it to hear Dr. Hansen speak at Rochester Earth Day forum, listen on radio or following podcast 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Monday, April 20th : WXXI (PBS) 1370 AM Connections with Evan Dawson Radio Show. Evan’s guest for an hour will be Dr. James Hansen. Call in with your questions.

  • Monday, April 20,   10 am    Harris Whalen Park, Penfield
    • "Early Spring Wildflowers"  Monday, April 20,   10 am    Harris Whalen Park, Penfield       Burroughs Audubon Nature Club   http://www.bancny.org/     Take an easy walk into the woods in Harris Whalen Park, one of Monroe County's best places to enjoy the earliest spring wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, Trillium and Troutlily. Meet at the top of the hill. The park entrance is on the north side of Rt. 441 across from Wegmans, just west of the intersection of Rts. 441 and 250.   Contact: Joanne, 377-8549. www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30pm. The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623.
    • Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015  DR. JAMES HANSEN : CLIMATE, ENERGY, AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE When: Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm Where: The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623 World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015, Tuesday April 21st, 2015. Former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at the local Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College.  Please spread the word! Send the links around. Also, please consider posting this flyer about the even in places where allowed.
  • April 24-26, 2015 | at Braddock Bay Park, on East Manitour Road, Greece, NY  
    • Bird of Prey Days 2015 Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is proud to present our 27th annual Bird of Prey Days, to be held at Braddock Bay Park, near Rochester, New York. This park, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, lies right in the path of 17 species of raptors and vultures as they travel from their wintering grounds to their spring nesting areas.  Each spring, this location is witness to huge kettles of Broad-winged hawks, Turkey vultures, and Sharp-shinned hawks.  Each season, our official counter tallies hundreds of Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks, our licensed raptor banders capture hundreds of Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, and our volunteers troll the woods counting Northern Saw-whet and Long-eared owls at this “rest-stop” before continuing their migration All detail are on this flyer.
  • Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon
    • Great opportunity to join your friends and groups and neighbors to help clean up our parks at the annual event. "The 6th annual Pick Up the Parks Event  is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon (Cleanup in all Monroe County-managed Parks) noon-2pm (Thank You Picnic in Olmsted Lodge at Highland Park) Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.”  This event is designed to foster stewardship of our *21 parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green."

May 2015

  • May 2 at Frontier Field
    • Rochester, NY’s ‘Clean Sweep’ is coming up on May 2nd. This very successful City clean-up program is great time to demonstrate your love of Rochester. Clean Sweep - 2015 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 2 at Frontier Field (map). The first 4,000 volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date. Rochester, NY.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 2 Will Help Birds in a Changing Climate  There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Defenders will deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle”, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The non-releasable animals will be on display during programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation. Everyone will have a chance to get their picture taken with “Liberty”.   Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows that are sure to inspire and Lois Sprague will entertain festive goers with balloon animals. John James Audubon will also make a special appearance to talk about his life as an artist and conservationist. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.   The theme for the Wildlife Festival is Helping Birds in a Changing Climate. Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report indicates that nearly half of our birds are threatened or endangered as a result of climate change. We are seeing the impacts of climate change already, however, we can prevent the worst effects of climate change if we act now. The Wildlife Festival will provide visitors with information on how they can protect birds by creating backyard habitats for birds and reduce their personal carbon footprints.   The festival schedule also includes artisan vendors, guided bird watching and canoeing excursions, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, country music from 103.5 FM Big Dog Country, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, delicious food, ice cream and baked goods, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The cost to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  
    • "Wildflowers of Baltimore Woods"  Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride lot at the Rt. 96 exit of I-490 eastbound, at 9 am for carpooling. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club   http://www.bancny.org/  On this all-day outing to Baltimore Woods, explore several woodland trails with abundant ferns and spring wildflowers.  The mature hardwood forests, fields, and streams at the 180-acre Nature Center support a rich diversity of plant life. Driving time from Bushnell's Basin to Baltimore Woods is about one hour.  Bring binoculars, lunch, water, a folding chair, and a camera, if you like.  Contact: Carol or David, 383-8168 www.facebook.com/BANC.roc


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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