The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Friday, July 31, 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


  • Saturday, August 8   10-12 am   Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor
    • Sponsored jointly by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and the Rochester Butterfly Club   "Learning About Dragonflies"  Saturday, August 8   10-12 am   Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor    Come enjoy a morning on the Sanctuary grounds learning about dragonflies. Insect enthusiast and naturalist, Bob Cooper, will help you observe colors, patterns, and the behavior of these fascinating and graceful creatures.  Bring a lunch and you can continue to watch them as you eat on the clubhouse porch! Leader:  Bob, 315-538-8571
  • AUGUST 10, 2015 - FEBRUARY 8, 2016
    • From our friends over at the Fast Forward Film Festival:"As you know, this festival is about Rochester’s environmental voice and our first year was this past April. We had great success and the community reaction was very positive! We are now planning this second year, to take place Earth Week in April of 2016, and have made some changes to improve the festival.   One of those changes is the call for films earlier than last year. This year, we are OPENING for film submissions beginning AUGUST 10, 2015 - FEBRUARY 8, 2016. Films can be uploaded via our website at fastforwardroc.org. They are to to be 5 min. short films. More information can be found on the website.   Would you be able to put this in your newsletter beginning the week before August 10 and thereafter? Thank you so very much!
  • 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. 
  • August 11, 2015 - 5:30 – 7:30 pm 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street
    • Solar Assembly 5:30 – 7:30 pm For East Ave. neighbors Pathstone Corporation 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street Light refreshments will be served. Solarize The Flower City SE Solar. Simple. Together. You’re invited to a neighborhood Solar Assembly! Pathstone will start the evening off with a Home Energy Improvement Workshop followed by ROCSPOT with a brief presentation about the Solarize campaign. You’ll meet the participating installers, leaving plenty of time for you to ask questions. This is a great chance to learn how effective and affordable solar power is today! Space is limited! Register today at www.solarizeflowercity.com  See flyer.
  • August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.
    • New Soil Health Seminar Center at 2015 Empire Farm Days Seneca Falls, NY.   The New York State Interagency Working Group for Soil Health will host two speakers and a panel of farmers daily starting at 9:30am at the new Soil Health Seminar Center at Lot 922 at Empire Farm Days, August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. The trio of 45-minute sessions will cover a variety of soil health practices including cover cropping, reduced tillage, and nutrient management. --from Cornell Field Crop news
  • Thursday, August 13  6:30-9:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor
    • "Moth Night" and Open House  Thursday, August 13  6:30-9:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary at 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor    Have you ever heard of "sugaring" a tree?  Find out how to attract moths and other nocturnal insects so you can observe them more closely.  Exhibits, hand-outs and interaction with members who are experts on this topic will help you learn more about moths.  Come a little early and bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the clubhouse porch. Sponsored jointly by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and the Rochester Butterfly Club
  • 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


  • 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.


  • Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives 41st Annual Community Salute to the Environment   Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY   Please plan to join us for this unique event as we Celebrate the Genesee River Valley   with Exhibitors, Dinner, Awards and Networking   Visit our web site for Sponsorship and Donor opportunities    www.geneseeriverwatch.org 


  • 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