The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

Updated Sunday, April 26, 2015

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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. 

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

April 2015

  • April 17, 2015 - April 27, 2015
  • April 24-26, 2015 | at Braddock Bay Park, on East Manitour Road, Greece, NY  
    • Bird of Prey Days 2015 Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is proud to present our 27th annual Bird of Prey Days, to be held at Braddock Bay Park, near Rochester, New York. This park, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, lies right in the path of 17 species of raptors and vultures as they travel from their wintering grounds to their spring nesting areas.  Each spring, this location is witness to huge kettles of Broad-winged hawks, Turkey vultures, and Sharp-shinned hawks.  Each season, our official counter tallies hundreds of Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks, our licensed raptor banders capture hundreds of Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, and our volunteers troll the woods counting Northern Saw-whet and Long-eared owls at this “rest-stop” before continuing their migration All detail are on this flyer.

May 2015

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1-3:30 pm Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY
    • Sustainable Energy Workshop: Demystifying Sustainable Energy in Your Home Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1-3:30 pm Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road Free and open to the public – no registration necessary   1:00 pm  Gathering and introductions 1:30 pm Energy audits and energy conservation opportunities for your home – Ed Atallah, Hawn Heating Ed will talk about NYSERDA Energy Assessments: the procedure, the application process and qualifications, cost and savings, as well as incentives. 2:00 pm Solar energy opportunities for your home – Dr. Susan Spencer Dr. Susan Spencer is the founder and president of ROCSPOT, an organization devoted to solarizing Rochester by 2025. She will discuss the technology itself, as well as the incentives and financing that are available to help make it affordable for all consumers. 2:30 pm  Homeowner experience with solar panels – Jim Leunk Putting solar panels on your house has never been easier. What factors might you consider in deciding whether to go solar at your house? What's the installation process like? Hear from a homeowner who had a solar array installed on his roof in 2014. 2:45 pm LED bulbs and how to purchase the right ones – Representative from Batteries + Bulbs store, Jefferson Road, Henrietta If you have been planning to buy LED bulbs for your home but need some help with the selection process, come and get your questions answered. 3:00 pm Wind energy options in your energy bill Questions from audience, opportunity to visit display tables   This workshop is presented by Living in Harmony in God’s World, an interfaith environmental group and by Creation Stewards of St. Monica’s Church in Rochester, NY. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Elizabeth Pixley, convener of Living in Harmony at epixley@rochester.rr.com or by phone 585-334-0977.
  • May 2 at Frontier Field
    • Rochester, NY’s ‘Clean Sweep’ is coming up on May 2nd. This very successful City clean-up program is great time to demonstrate your love of Rochester. Clean Sweep - 2015 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 2 at Frontier Field (map). The first 4,000 volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date. Rochester, NY.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 2 Will Help Birds in a Changing Climate  There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Defenders will deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle”, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The non-releasable animals will be on display during programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation. Everyone will have a chance to get their picture taken with “Liberty”.   Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows that are sure to inspire and Lois Sprague will entertain festive goers with balloon animals. John James Audubon will also make a special appearance to talk about his life as an artist and conservationist. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.   The theme for the Wildlife Festival is Helping Birds in a Changing Climate. Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report indicates that nearly half of our birds are threatened or endangered as a result of climate change. We are seeing the impacts of climate change already, however, we can prevent the worst effects of climate change if we act now. The Wildlife Festival will provide visitors with information on how they can protect birds by creating backyard habitats for birds and reduce their personal carbon footprints.   The festival schedule also includes artisan vendors, guided bird watching and canoeing excursions, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, country music from 103.5 FM Big Dog Country, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, delicious food, ice cream and baked goods, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The cost to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  
    • "Wildflowers of Baltimore Woods"  Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride lot at the Rt. 96 exit of I-490 eastbound, at 9 am for carpooling. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club   http://www.bancny.org/  On this all-day outing to Baltimore Woods, explore several woodland trails with abundant ferns and spring wildflowers.  The mature hardwood forests, fields, and streams at the 180-acre Nature Center support a rich diversity of plant life. Driving time from Bushnell's Basin to Baltimore Woods is about one hour.  Bring binoculars, lunch, water, a folding chair, and a camera, if you like.  Contact: Carol or David, 383-8168 www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Sunday, May 17th - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Brighton Public Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
    • Bakken Oil Trains in New York: What You Need To Know | Ban The Bomb Trains |  You are invited to this forum on crude oil by rail with Sandy Steubing from PAUSE - People at Ablany Untied for Safe Energy | Q & A plus discussion to follow. Have you wondered what is in those big black rail cars and why there are so many? Are you concerned about the environmental justice of those living near the rail tracks? Do you wonder about the effects of extreme energy extraction on Climate Change? | For more info contact Rochester.ny@mothersoutfront.org  | Hosted by Mother Out Front, Food and WaterWatch, Buf Renewable Energy Task Force, WNY Peace Center, Inc.


  • 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


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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