The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Thursday, May 28, 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



  • Weds, June 3rd, 10am - 12:30pm Port of Rochester, Waterside Room 1000 North River Street Rochester, NY 14614  
    • Save the Date! Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meetings June 2nd, 3rd, 8th & 9th NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a first-of-its-kind basinwide partnership to advance key priorities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). The focus of these interactive work group meetings will be to identify watershed challenges and specific opportunities to collaboratively accomplish GLAA projects. All NYS Great Lakes stakeholders are invited to participate -- including environmental orgs, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, local government, individuals and other diverse stakeholder groups (business, health, recreation, planning, etc). Four sub basin work groups will provide a unique opportunity to connect, coordinate and collaborate with other groups and agencies working locally and basinwide. SW Lake Ontario Work Group -- Weds, June 3rd, 10am - 12:30pm Port of Rochester, Waterside Room 1000 North River Street Rochester, NY 14614  (May 6, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • June 6, 2015  Mendon Ponds Park, Pittsford  8 am
    • "Morning in the Park" June 6, 2015  Mendon Ponds Park, Pittsford  8 am | Learn about the nesting summer resident birds of Mendon Ponds Park with a guided walk through a mixed grassland, woodland and wetland setting. Expert birder, Richard Ashworth, will help you look and listen for birds. Wear long pants and a hat. Bring binoculars, water, and insect repellent. Approach the park on Pittsford-Mendon Center Rd., heading south. Turn right onto Pond Rd. Pass the Add-En-On Kennels on the right and immediately pull into the field. If you reach the T- junction at Douglas Rd., you’ve gone too far. Leader: Richard Ashworth, 381-2189. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club bancny.org   www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • June 12, 2015  6-8 pm BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor
    • "Birds of Prey" and Potluck Supper  June 12, 2015  6-8 pm BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor | Burroughs Audubon Nature Club bancny.org   www.facebook.com/BANC.roc | There are about twenty species of birds of prey that are indigenous to New York State. Ron Walker, who retired after 30 years of teaching and sharing his love of nature through Friends With Feathers, will present a program about these majestic birds. Bring your place setting and a dish to pass for the potluck supper. Hosts: Chris, 924-4979 and Kathie, 244-2639.
  • Saturday June 13th 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 on the beach at Mendon Ponds Park.
    • he Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is hosting the 18th Annual Outdoor Expo on Saturday June 13th 2015 from 9:00 - 4:00 on the beach at Mendon Ponds Park. The Genesee Valley Chapter has organized this event with YOU in mind! Just come see what you can do in the Rochester area! Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with people that share the same interests as you all in one location! The annual Expo attracts hundreds of people who attend more than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events.
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015   9:00am to 1:00pm   Brighton High School front lawn on S. Winton Road. 
    • The Brighton Eco-Fair (formerly Brighton Green Energy Fair) alongside the Brighton Farmer's Market   Sunday, June 14, 2015   9:00am to 1:00pm   Brighton High School front lawn on S. Winton Road.  This popular event draws 300-400 people each year.   Come enjoy Green Vendors, Non-profits, Student Projects, Childrens' Activities, and a Silent Auction to benefit ColorBrightonGreen.org. Learn about green home energy, recycling, green products, water conservation, and more!   ColorBrightonGreen.org
  • June 15, 2015 All day trip. Wesley Hill Preserve , Naples
    • "Early Meadow Butterflies"  Wesley Hill Preserve , Naples  June 15, 2015 All day trip.  Meet at the Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride lot at 9 am to carpool.  Directions:  Take I-490 east to Bushnell's Basin/Rt. 96 exit.  At exit light, turn left and parking lot is on the left.  Wear a hat and long pants.  Bring water, lunch, and a folding chair.  Contact:  425-2380       http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
    • 2015 Genesee River Basin Summit - AGENDA Water Quality Use and Access Protections in Place Restoration Admission - $0 (CEI is sponsoring the room and technical support staff) Food & Beverage – On your own, either SUNY cafeteria or bring your own. Learn more here.  From Genesee River Watch
  • Saturday, June 20,  11 AM – 2 PM | Taughannock State Park, Central Pavillion, Ulysses, NY 14886
    • FINGER LAKES AREA EVENT: Saturday, June 20,  11 AM – 2 PM A PRAYER FOR THE FINGER LAKES 108 Sun Salutations on the Summer Solstice  to benefit Gas Free Seneca Taughannock State Park, Central Pavillion, Ulysses, NY 14886 Vegetarian potluck picnic to follow, 2-4 PM, or later
  • June 23, 2015     9 am carpool from Rush area   All day trip.
    • "Higher Elevation Butterflies"  Mt. Morris Dam area and Rattlesnake Hill WMA June 23, 2015     9 am carpool from Rush area   All day trip.  Meet at the Park and Ride lot off I-390 S.,  Exit 11 (Rush).  This lot is at the intersection of Rt. 15 and Rt. 251.   Wear a hat and long pants.  Bring water, lunch, and a folding chair.  Contact:  425-2380 http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • June 24, 2015  4-8 pm BANC Sanctuary,  301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor
    • "Nature Projects to do at Home" and Open House  June 24, 2015  4-8 pm BANC Sanctuary,  301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor | Simple hands-on nature projects to do at home. Materials to make a bird feeder, suggestions for raising caterpillars, and crafts involving plants will be some of the hands-on activities.  Contact: Shirley, 385-3907 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club bancny.org   www.facebook.com/BANC.roc


  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm)
    • 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.


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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