The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Wednesday, August 20, 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 21st 11AM- 3PM, Press Conference and Speakers/Performers at 12:30 Where: New York State Fairgrounds, Main Gate, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13209
    • Rally at the New York State Fair! The campaign to ban fracking is kicking into even higher gear! Governor Cuomo is ramping up his events and appearances across the state this summer. We’ve rallied outside of his many appearances all across the state, and the NYS Fair is one of the most important opportunities we have. Every year, Governor Cuomo attends the first day of the great New York State Fair – as the day is coined, “Governors Day” – and every year we rally outside his appearance to make our voices heard. Let’s make this year’s rally even bigger! We are calling on hundreds of people from all corners of upstate NY to join us this year. The Fair is a prime opportunity to send a message to Governor Cuomo that the movement calling for a statewide ban on fracking is strong and growing. The New York Fair is also an opportunity to talk about protecting farming, agriculture, wineries, breweries and tourism – the fabric of New York’s economy. Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 11am to 3pm outside the NY StateFair Main entrance to rally with hundreds of New Yorkers against fracking from across the state. We’ll stand together to say no to fracking and yes to a renewable energy economy that protects our most vital resources, public health and agriculture. New Yorkers Against Fracking [more on Fracking in our area]
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm | Finger Lakes Institute 601 South Main Street Geneva, NY
    • The HABs and HAB Nots Impact of the Built Environment on Blue-green Algal Growth and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Finger Lakes  Presented by Clifford Callinan   Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm 4:30 Welcome 4:45 to 5:15 Tour of the Finger Lakes Institute 5:15 to 6:15 Presentation 6:15 to 8:00 Picnic Buffet* Finger Lakes Institute 601 South Main Street Geneva, NY  Click here for directions   Come and tour the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) an organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. Registration is required and includes a guest presentation, networking, and a picnic buffet.
  • Thursday, August 21, 6-8:30 PM Location:  Sodus Point Fire Department, 8364 Bay Street, Sodus, New York
    • You are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) and Save Our Sodus (SOS) in support of the Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) on the evening of Thursday, August 21 in Sodus Point.  The focus of the workshop is water weeds, invasive species, and wetland restoration.  Attendees are encouraged to bring (one only, please!) a sample of a water weed in a plastic bag for identification by the experts.  The event is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.  Please see below for details. If you have any questions, contact Jen Reeher: jennifer.reeher@dec.ny.gov . Thank you!   What Lurks Beneath...Sodus Bay A Workshop on Water Weeds and Water Quality   Time:  Thursday, August 21, 6-8:30 PM Location:  Sodus Point Fire Department, 8364 Bay Street, #139 Agenda: 6:30 Welcome (Steve Leroy, Sodus Supervisor) 6:35 Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (Kimie Romeo, CEI) 6:50 Aquatic Macrophyte (Large Plants Growing in Water) Communities of Sodus Bay (Dr. Bruce Gilman, Finger Lakes Community College) 7:20 Invasive Species Currently In or Likely to Appear in Sodus Bay (Gregg Sargis, The Nature Conservancy) 7:40 Early Detection and Rapid Response to Hydrilla (Hilary Mosher, Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College) 8:00 A Local Wetlands Restoration Project (Save Our Sodus) 8:15 Aquatic Plant Identification (All presenters) 
  • All day trip which begins at 9 am.  Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
    • Rochester Butterfly Club,  Butterfly Walk (wetland species) at Howland Island near Montezuma   Monday, August 25, 2014       All day trip which begins at 9 am.  Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.  Directions: Take 490 East to Bushnell’s Basin / route 96 exit. At the light, turn left, the parking lot is on the left. We will car pool from there. About an hour drive to Howland Island, which is part of the Northern Montezuma WMA .  Bring water, lunch, and a folding chair.  Wear long pants and a hat.  Contact: 385-3907   http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/

September 2014

  • 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. "
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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