The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area
Updated Thursday, March 06, 2014
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
- Sat., March 8, 10-11:30am
Hopkins Point, Mendon Ponds Park: Take the 2nd Park
entrance off Route 65 (Clover Street).
- Sierra Club Outing: In Search of Snow Children - Life in the Cold! This foray into the wilds of Mendon Ponds Park is one of the events associated with Writer’s & Books’ “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book.” The book is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, a story of a mysterious little girl made of snow who appears out of the woods in 1920s Alaska. Our walk in Mendon Pond for kids & adults of all ages will look for signs of life in our winter, and how creatures that live outdoors survive through our coldest season. Could a child do it? Naturalist Peter Debes and hiker & kayaker Valerie Rice are your leaders. Sat., March 8, 10-11:30am Hopkins Point, Mendon Ponds Park: Take the 2nd Park entrance off Route 65 (Clover Street). Go to the end of the road by the pond. We’ll stop afterwards at Friendly’s on Monroe Ave. for hot chocolate or coffee. Come dressed for the weather, boots or snowshoes if you like. Storm date: Sunday, March 9, same time and place. Questions? (585) 820-2018
- Sunday, March 9, 2014, between
2-4 PM | at the Pittsford Community Center, 35 Lincoln
Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534, i
- The Transition Talks of the Sierra Club, presents the ROCHESTER PREMIERE OF SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Pittsford Community Center, 35 Lincoln Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534, between 2-4 PM including discussion by local healthy food/farm advocates (free and open to the public). Deborah Koons Garcia is best known for her 2004 film, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, which premiered theatrically at Film Forum in New York City. It has played widely all over the world in theaters and film festivals, at food and farming conferences and community screenings. THE FUTURE OF FOOD brought the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped jumpstart the organic/local food movement. It continues to screen around the world to change the GMO/corporatist regime. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is a feature length film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital in 2012. The film has received an award from The Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Merit Award for Scientific Information from the Montana CINE International Film Festival, and the Cinema Verde Film Festival Food Award. Contact: Hal Bauer, The Transition Talks coordinator, at 585-905-5794 Sierra Club, Genesee Valley Transition Committee for further information.
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 79 pm
(doors open at 6pm) Where: Watkins Glen High School
Auditorium, 301 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
- Thinking more gas storage may not be good for the Finger Lakes? Check out this event: An Open Invitation to All Who Love the Finger Lakes Cuomo’s Wager: Clean Water & Fine Wine, or Industrial Gas Storage? What: "SENECA IN THE BALANCE," a free public forum When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 79 pm (doors open at 6pm) Where: Watkins Glen High School Auditorium, 301 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 Find out how close we are to becoming the gas storage and transportation hub for the Northeast; Discover what we've learned about the structural integrity of the salt caverns under Seneca Lake that are slated for storage expansion, and how this could impact the region; Learn about this expansion plan's regional economic and public health impacts; Identify what our region's legislative bodies think about this project; Understand the legal standing of the community and possible legal recourse. FEATURED SPEAKERS include: Richard A. Young, Ph.D: Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus), Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY at Geneseo John Halfman, Ph.D: Research Scientist, water quality expert, Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart William Smith College Moneen Nasmith: Associate Attorney, Earthjustice, NE Office Steve Churchill, Seneca County Board of Supervisors Paula Fitzsimmons, Schuyler County Physician Assistant Doug Hazlitt, CoOwner of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Yvonne Taylor & Joseph Campbell, Gas Free Seneca We hope you'll come to show your support for protecting the Finger Lakes. Please share this invitation widely. See you there!
- Wednesday, March 12: 6:30pm.
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the
Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY
- Wednesday, March 12: “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us?
- Thursday, March 13, 7 PM | Flying Squirrel 285 Clarissa St., Rochester, New York 14608
- Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30
pm, St. Johns's Meadows, Briarwood Building on
Johnsarbor Drive East, Brighton, NY
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club , "Butterflies as Botanists," Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 pm, St. Johns's Meadows, Briarwood Building on Johnsarbor Drive East Naturalist and MCC professor Steven Daniel will explore the fascinating relationships between butterflies and some of their favorite plants. Included in the presentation will be close-up imagery of these winged beauties.
- On Sunday, March 16 from 2 - 4
p.m., at the Honeoye Public Library's new
Community Room, 8708 Main St., Honeoye.
- On Sunday, March 16 from 2 - 4 p.m., the Honeoeye Frackabouts and FrackFreeGenesee will be showing Gasland Part II at the Honeoye Public Library's new Community Room, 8708 Main St., Honeoye. This new film builds on the old one but also exposes more of the relationship between the energy companies and various government agencies, Congress etc. Josh Fox, the director takes us across the country and talks to people in communities most affected by the last few years of hydrofracking. There will be a question and answer period after the film. Doors open at 1:30 and there will be popcorn and drinks available.
- Monday, March 17, 2014, at
Monroe Community College
- Monroe Co. Land Use Decision-Making Training Program Just a reminder that the spring Land Use Decision-Making Training Program begins on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Monroe Community College. You can find the brochure and registration material at http://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/Brochure%20Spring%202014%20v1.pdf Scroll to the bottom and click on "Spring 2014 Land Use Decision-Making Training Program Brochure." We are offering four 4-hour workshops. Each workshop runs from 4:30-9:00 PM (registration begins at 4:00 PM). The cost is $40.00 and includes dinner. Monday, March 17, 2014: Land Use Law (CLE pending) (PDH Pending) Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Introduction to Planning and Zoning Thursday, March 27, 2014: Site Plan Review (PDH Pending) Monday, March 31, 2014: New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (CLE pending) (PDH Pending) Each workshop is eligible for a maximum of four continuing education credit hours for members of planning board and zoning boards of appeals. Attendees will be asked to sign in and sign out at the registration table.
- Tuesday, March 25, 7 PM | First
Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South,
Rochester, NY 14610
- Rochester: Drill Baby Drill screening First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 Read about the film here: The Films of Lech kowalski
- Saturday, March 29, 2014 8 am
Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road,
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club , "Exploring HANA (High Acres Nature Area" Saturday, March 29, 2014 8 am Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. This 2-3 hour hike on level trails will provide an opportunity to see and experience wetlands, forests, and ponds. You will see numerous birds, emerging plants, and possibly hear spring peepers. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Wear ankle-high waterproof footwear. Water and a snack are helpful. Led by Bruce Cady, 248-8959
- March 31, 2014 7:00 –
8:30 PM Brighton Town Hall • 2300 Elmwood Avenue •
Rochester, NY 14618
- Great program to find out about food in our region: "Please join us for our March forum, a collaboration between LWV-RMA and LWV-Wayne County Putting Food on Your Table: Linking Food, Farms & You Each of us has a stake in making sure our food supply is adequate and its quality and safety are maintained. March 31, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 PM Brighton Town Hall • 2300 Elmwood Avenue • Rochester, NY 14618 Please register at 585.262.3730 or www.lwv-rma.org Our Moderator: Don Alhart, Associate News Director, WHAM-TV Channel 13 Our Distinguished Panel: Stanley (Lee) Telega, NYS Director, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Robert King, PhD, Director/Sr. Agriculture Specialist, Monroe Community College Sarah Noble-Moag, representing Noblehurst Farms, a 7-generation, multi-family agribusiness in Linwood, NY Representative of the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva, NY"
- April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland Ohio
- 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland Ohio The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. Submissions should specify a desire for inclusion as either a presentation or a poster. Early Bird Registration Through March 14! http://www.glrppr.org/conference/
- Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The
Links" in East Syracuse, New York
- Tenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century A Division of Synapse Sustainability Trust Inc. Renewable Energy What Do We Expect In The Next Ten Years Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The Links" in East Syracuse, New York
- Thursday, April 17, 2014 -
5:30PM to 9PM, First Unitarian Church 220 Winton
Road South, Rochester, NY 14610
- The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum: Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program Thursday, April 17, 2014 First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 5:30pm: Environmental Fair 7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Debating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals: • 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050 • Improving resilience to climate change across the state Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program. This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.
- Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5
-7:00 PM. We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High
- Earth Vigil at High Falls for Earth Day 2014 | AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5 -7:00 PM. We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to,The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil. Our Mission: By holding silent public demonstrations, Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move. Vigil: A purposeful watch.
- Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at
all Monroe County Parks
- Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks. Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate. All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service. We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer
- APRIL 27th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00
P.M. | ROCHESTER GREENOVATION
www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street,
- A new global vision based on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment and Social Justice Hosted By: ROCHESTER GREENOVATION SUNDAY, APRIL 27th Free. Parking available 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Space is limited, please RSVP to Paola Betchart by April 25th email@example.com Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch Through dynamic group interactions, & inspiring multimedia, explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective & connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. www.awakeningthedreamer.org This event is part of Earth Week at Rochester Greenovation. To get more information about other events please check our website and facebook page Get a taste of this powerful experience through the experience of people that have attended http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaZRQCnXveo
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com. 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
- Events and Important Dates This calendar provides a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public. You can click on any event in the calendar to view additional details about the event. Use the drop-down box at the top of the calendar if you only wish to view events located in a particular region of the state. --from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- City of Rochester | Events The City’s online calendar helps you plan to participate in public meetings or civic gatherings, find service schedules or learn about recreation and cultural events. The events calendar can be filtered by date, topic or by the customer-focused categories of our Web site’s portal structure. Please note: The Calendar may include events hosted by organizations that are not affiliated with the City government. Placement on the calendar does not constitute a City endorsement of the event; the City is not responsible for the accuracy of the event’s description; nor can the City guarantee that non-City events will take place as posted.
- Central Library Events: -from Monroe County Library System
- Meadowlark Newsletters | Genesee Valley Audubon Society (GVAS) Many events can be seen by viewing the Audubon's newsletters. Genesee Valley Audubon Society (GVAS) | A New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society.
- FMCE Announcements - from Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists: Home Page
- Outings | Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club "The Adirondack Mountain Club is a non-profit organization that, through its various chapters and lodges, operates exclusively for conservation, recreation and educational purposes and whose assets and earnings profit no member, officer or employee." Find out schedules and first aid and things to know when taking nature trips.
- Calendar - Citizens Campaign for the Environment | Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) CCE works to build widespread citizen understanding and advocacy for policies and actions designed to manage and protect interdependent land and water resources, wildlife and public health. CCE carries out this mission through public education, research, lobbying, organizing and public outreach.
- CCE Calendar | Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County Our Mission is to provide research-based information and education programs to address local priority needs in the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, Horticulture, and Nutrition, Food Safety & Health.
- Events | Braddock Bay Raptor Research
- Calendar of Events | Environmental Advocates New York "Environmental Advocates of New York's mission is to protect our air, land, water and wildlife and the health of all New Yorkers. Based in Albany, we monitor state government, evaluate proposed laws, and champion policies and practices that will ensure the responsible stewardship of our shared environment. We work to support and strengthen the efforts of New York's environmental community and to make our state a national leader. "
- Cayuga Lake Watershed Network: News and Events, Events | from Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
- Calendar - GrowWNY "This Shared Calendar includes educational programs, volunteer opportunities, policy alerts, community events and guided outdoor recreation by organizations and groups working on environmental issues in Western New York. Check out the events calendar for upcoming opportunities in your community. " for the Buffalo, NY area - from GrowWNY
- Events - from WHAM
- Events - from Rochester City Newspaper
- Democrat and Chronicle Events Calendar - from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle