The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Wednesday, September 17, 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.

Page Contents: Google Calendar | Programs more than a day |Chronological Calendar |Other Online Environmental Calendars



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


September 2014

  • 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/
    • Local showings of “DISRUPTION”: A NEW MOVIE FOR THE MOVEMENT in Fairport, NY on Sept. 17th at both 2PM and 7PM. The timing couldn’t be better. This fall, the climate movement is going to be standing shoulder to shoulder to demand change: On September 21st — just before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City — the People’s Climate March will bring us together for an historic convergence. We hope Disruption helps you and your community get moving (to New York and beyond). P.S. Two minutes usually isn’t enough to make much of an impact — but this trailer gives us goosebumps. Seriously, go watch and share it.
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 starting @ 9a.m.   Gather at 8:45. | We will set out from the parking lot of Our Lady of the Americas, 864 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14605 (formerly Corpus Christi, at corner of Prince, across from the Auditorium Theatre) and will proceed on an easy, 10-15 minute walk to the Rochester Public Market.
    • R.E.S.E.T.: A ROCHESTER WALK & EVENT FOR THE CLIMATE   People going to N.Y.C. on Sunday for the U.N. People’s Climate March, & people planning to remain in town who want to show support for the world-level climate rally in NYC and elsewhere, are invited to a local Rochester Climate Walk. R.E.S.E.T. (R.ochester E.arthlings S.upporting E.ndurable T.emperatures), an ad-hoc committee of AVAAZ.org, has planned the event. People are asked to come dressed/made up as humans OR as another species of animal or plant they’d hate to see wiped out. (Okay, or fungus , protist or slime mold, if you favor those!) Kid-friendly event! People may leave cars there and proceed on foot to the Market. (If folks come by bike, they can of course walk their bikes to the Market and stock up!) More Details: Once at the Market, R.E.S.E.T. activities, including face-painting, are being planned until Noon at the green “Nature at the Market” tent (near the offices, center of the market) to alert and educate the public about the most important environmental issue in history – climate change.
  • Saturday, September 20th  Interested volunteers can visit www.monroecounty.gov/parks and check out the "Parks Announcements & News" section for a list of local cleanup sites, including how to sign up, and where to meet up
    • Monroe County Fall Watershed Cleanups to take place this Saturday! On Saturday, September 20th, many local environmentally-conscious groups will set out to clean up our local waterways and watersheds.  From Lake Ontario to Irondequoit Creek, and from Hamlin Beach State Park to Powder Mills Park, volunteers will clean up from the summer accumulation of trash.  Most of the cleanups will be official International Coastal Cleanup sites, as well.  The ICC is an international effort spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy and the American Littoral Society.  Official ICC sites will document and log all trash collected in an effort to provide critical data for initiating environmental awareness and policy changes.  “We are always encouraging responsible outdoorsmanship with our Carry-in, Carry-out policy, but each fall, we have some wonderfully dedicated groups that come out and give our green spaces that extra TLC they need before winter sets in,” says Monroe County Parks Director, Larry Staub, Jr.  Interested volunteers can visit www.monroecounty.gov/parks and check out the "Parks Announcements & News" section for a list of local cleanup sites, including how to sign up, and where to meet up.  Larry the H2O Hero, the Water Education Collaborative, Monroe County Parks, the Harley School, the Town of Greece, the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, Environmental Resources Management, the Center for Environmental Initiatives, Gandhi Earthkeepers International, and New York State Parks are all stepping up to be Site Captains and/or coordinate and support the event locally. Ryan Loysen Recreation & Environmental Education Coordinator Monroe County Parks Department 171 Reservoir Ave Rochester, NY 14620 585-753-7281 (p) 585-753-7284 (f) rloysen@monroecounty.gov www.monroecounty.gov/parks
  • 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/
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Asbury First United Methodist Church 1050 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607  
    • Forum on the Proposed Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act The Proposed Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act: Impact on the Farmer, the Worker, and the Consumer (Co-sponsored by the LWVs of Wayne County and Rochester Metro Area) There is such truth to the bumper sticker “No Farms - No Food!”  Aside from air and water, food is the most essential commodity. Because of its importance, the LWVs from Rochester Metro Area and Wayne County will be collaborating once again to host a forum on Agriculture, focusing this time on labor issues. Specifically, the panelists will address the proposed Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act, rejected in the NYS legislature in various forms over the past 25 years. Whom does it help or hurt?  It’s premised on basic worker protections as outlined in the 1938 (federal) Fair Labor Standards Act, in which farmworkers are not entitled to the many benefits and rights enjoyed by most workers in New York State.  But what factors prevent the NYS Senate from passing it? How does it impact the farm owner? What are the myths and facts that surround this Act?   Our distinguished panel includes: Lewis Papenfuse, Executive Director of Worker Justice Center of New York Dean Norton, President, New York Farm Bureau   Our moderator: The Honorable Sandra Frankel Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 pm   A brief introduction to the Act will be offered prior to the panel discussion. An open Q&A session will follow the presentation.   Asbury First United Methodist Church 1050 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607   Handicapped Accessible/Parking in Rear Pre-registration is appreciated: 585-262-3730 or www.lwv-rma.org.   We look forward to seeing you in ONE week! LWV-RMA
  • Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a | at Durand Eastman Park!
    • Get trained and Help monitor previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a -WAVE Training (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) at Durand Eastman Park! - citizen scientists program sampling previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario. Also see Lake Ontario LAMP website www.lakeontarioforum.org   (see slide presentation, notes, interactive maps, calendar, etc.)
  • 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.


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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:

  • 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