The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Rochester Environment Calendar

 This page contains two calendars, with the same events.  Some find the Google Calendar more useful (which allows you to copy events to your Google calendar and to your cell phone (Mobile access to email, calendar, contacts, and more - Google Apps for business) . And, some find the outline list below with complete information and links that work more useful.  So, I have provided both.

What Kind of Events do We post?

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


August 2014

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:20 – 1:10 pm,| Crop and Soil Sciences 135 Emerson Hall Cornell University Ithaca NY 14853
    • SEMINAR SERIES FALL 2014 “Watersheds and Cayuga Lake, 1972-201” presented by David Bouldin Emeritus Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:20 – 1:10 pm, 135 Emerson Hall, Abstract: The theme: phosphate from the watersheds controls phosphate in Cayuga Lake which limits algal production in the summer as measured by chlorophyll. Important facts: a) The annual amount of water entering the lakes from all of the watersheds varies from 10 to 15 % of the lake volume because the lake is very large (deep); b) The lake “turns over”; that is, mixes during the winter so that concentration of dissolved solutes such as phosphate are the same north to south, top to bottom etc.; c) The annual yearly inflow from the watersheds is episodic: running averages of three to six years in length are variable. The following variables are correlated with each other: (1) running averages over six years of inputs of stream phosphate; (2) annual averages of phosphate in lake water deeper than 60 m; 3) surface lake water in early spring; 4) average chlorophyll during summer. Algal photosynthesis furnishes most of the energy for the activity of the biomass in the lake. Appearance of the lake to the casual observer is most often more dependent on residual particulate matter from stream inputs rather than chlorophyll.  Light refreshments will be served starting at noon.

September 2014

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014  at  Burger Park in Greece
    • Rochester Butterfly Club,  Butterfly Walk (Late summer wetland species)  Tuesday, September 2, 2014  at  Burger Park in Greece    Meet in the parking lot at Braddock Bay, near the lodge, at 10 am    This is a morning trip, with the option to extend into the afternoon. Bring lunch, if you plan to stay.  Wear long pants and a hat.  Bring water. Directions: Take Lake Ontario Parkway west and exit at East Manitou Road. Go north to the park entrance, then follow  the park road to the north.  About 30 minutes drive from Rochester.  We will car pool from there.  Contacts: Mary Jane Proschel and Sally McCreedy, 385-4725.   http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 Place: Visual Studies Workshop on 31 Prince St Rochester, NY
    • People’s Climate March Art Build! Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014 Place: Visual Studies Workshop on 31 Prince St Rochester, NY (Directly across from the Memorial Art Gallery and School of the Arts) Time: 1:00-3:00pm Cost: Free to attend (donations accepted to offset food and insurance costs) Refreshments and art supplies will be provided by the organizers Description: In preparation for the largest climate change demonstration in human history we are gathering at the Visual Studies Workshop in downtown Rochester to network with other concerned citizens about climate change, learn more about transportation details for the day of the march, and to create signs, posters, costumes, and songs that we will bring to New York City! We believe that art can add energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts. This is a family friendly event. Contact: George Payne George@gandhiearthkeepers.org
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014   10 am  | Gosnell Big Woods parking lot at the corner of Drumm and Vosberg Roads in Webster  
    • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, "A Walk in the Gosnell Big Woods and Field"   Tuesday, September 9, 2014   10 am  Meet Gosnell Big Woods parking lot at the corner of Drumm and Vosberg Roads in Webster.   Come enjoy a hike in lovely woods on rolling terrain near Lake Ontario. See stately old trees and various fungi.  In the adjoining field, seasonal wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and other natural treasures can be found.  Wear long pants and a hat, and bring water. Leader:  Norma Platt, 671-9639   http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc 
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. | Online, details below
    • The gist: NYS climate program getting stronger “Climate Smart Communities … provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments.” Tune into this webinar Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM., or better yet, if your NYS community is not already joined [check here to find out if your community has pledged] this volunteer state program to help communities adapt to Climate Change, get your community leader to pledge. Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Climate Smart Community Certification Our Climate Smart Communities webinar entitled Climate Smart Community Certification will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM.   In April 2014, the New York State Climate Smart Communities program launched a formal certification program to recognize leading Climate Smart Communities and to provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Bronze, Silver, and Gold (450 points). Achievement of each level requires completion of a specified number of “priority actions” and a sufficient number of voluntary actions to achieve the required number of points. The activities and documentation submittals required for each action are described in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Manual at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/96511.html . (August 14, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • September 12-13, Brown's Race and the Centers at High Fall, Rochester, NY
    • Greentopia Fall Festival " Greentopia Festival will be a focused, 2-day celebration of sustainability, this year featuring Music, Design, and EcoFest.  Most event will take place around Brown's Race and the Centers at High Falls, NY. Get ready for never-before-seen-performances of art, photography, and music--all of which is carefully selected programed and curated to educate and inspire. "
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014   3-7 pm  BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor, New York 14564 
    • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, Annual Picnic and "Bees - One of Nature's Finest Gifts"Saturday, September 13, 2014   3-7 pm  BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor, New York 14564    Local beekeeper, Amy Gravitz, will spend the afternoon and early evening sharing her knowledge of bees.  She will demonstrate making a hive box, as well as bring a beekeeper's suit to try on.  A potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 pm.  Bring a dish to share (using local ingredients, if possible), and table settings for each member of your group.  Folding tables and chairs would be appreciated.  Following dinner, Amy will share some of her experiences and give tips for future beekeepers.  Hosts:  Linda Smith, 924-3871, and Julie Clayton, 249-9489.   http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Monday, September 15; 7 PM WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901
    • WHAT: Screening of the film GMO OMG and an update on the campaign to label GMO foods in New York State WHEN: Monday, September 15; 7 PM WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901 GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? - See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com. For more information about this event, contact Erin Riddle at 607-372-5503 or riddleriddle@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Food and Water Watch.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014    10 am   This is a morning trip.  Meet in the parking spaces nearest Turk Hill Road at Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. 
    • Rochester Butterfly Club,  Butterfly Walk (late summer species) at  High Acres Nature Area, Perinton   Tuesday, September 16, 2014    10 am   This is a morning trip.  Meet in the parking spaces nearest Turk Hill Road at Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.  Wear long pants and a hat.  Bring water.    Contact: Shirley Shaw, 385-3907 or Lucretia Grosshans 671-1310           http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • September 20-21, 2014  | Location: New York City  
    • People's Climate March | WATCH VIDEO  With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions.  We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate MarchLearn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.)  If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate. We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously.  Please spread the word! Send the links around. More at http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014   Time:   9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may begin promptly at 9am) Topic:  Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Location:  MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008 MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY  14445
    • Presenter:  Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
  • Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls)
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour  Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

October 2014

  • October 11, 2014 9:00am |  Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
    • Where on Earth  are we going? And what can we  do about it?   These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable,  spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.


InfoRochester for finding area links

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:

  • DEC Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Camp Program Registration Begins January 22, Camp Begins June 29 Trapper Education Course Offered at Two Camps This Year The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program starting January 22, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The 2014 camp season begins June 29. "For more than six decades, DEC's environmental education summer camps have nurtured New York's youth to become stewards of our state's natural resources," said Commissioner Martens. "Campers explore the outdoors under the guidance of caring camp staff, learning about the natural world and their place in it. We're looking forward to another great summer of welcoming youth to our facilities and sharing a love and respect for the outdoors." (January 22, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • 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