The most complete Environmental Calendar for the Rochester, NY area 

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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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Complete video of press conference in ‪#‎RochesterNY‬ includes City’s announcement of Climate Action Plan and ‪#‎EarthWeek‬ events. Watch this remarkable event where local groups join their city in a commitment to address Climate Change. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), comprised of over 70 groups—labor unions, environmental groups, faith groups, businesses, and many more--joined the City of Rochester to open Earth Week festivities. Earth Week highlights many events going on in Rochester, including the Earth Eve Climate March Forward on Thursday. Mentioned in the press conference is the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan, which will soon be presented to the public for their participation.

Published on Apr 18, 2016 Announcing Earth Week Menu of Opportunities & Welcoming City of Rochester Dept. of Environmental Services to Rochester People's Climate Coalition.

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


  • 4:15-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • WHERE: The Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY
    • Rally: Mothers and Others Remember Train Victims, Warn of Danger Rochester, NY Wednesday, July 6, at 4:15 p.m., citizens decrying the continued passage of explosive Bakken crude oil trains through Monroe County will line the sidewalks in front of the Federal Building to name and mourn the 48 victims of the 2013 Bakken train oil derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The Toronto Star recently stated that apart from war, the destruction from this event was unprecedented in Canadian history. 30 buildings, about half the downtown, were destroyed, and most of the remainder are too contaminated to allow to stand. The memorial rally was called to draw attention to the tragic consequences of Bakken oil trains. There have been 11 explosive derailments since 2013, including the most recent one on June 3, 2016 in Mosier, Oregon. The Fire Chief there has called shipping Bakken Crude by rail “insane.” Monroe County sees a daily average of over 200 Bakken oil tanker rail cars, “and each tank car of crude holds the energy equivalent of two million sticks of dynamite (WSJ, May 22, 2014:  The National Transportation Safety Board calls these unit trains of Bakken crude “an unacceptable public risk.” “Lac Megantic has been the only accident in a populated area so far. In Monroe County, trains run through highly populated areas, past dozens of schools, and across sensitive waterways. Derailments have happened here before, but this kind of explosive derailment would be worse than anything we have seen, with fireballs larger than our downtown skyscrapers,” explains Linda Isaacson Fedele of the Rochester Mothers Out Front Bakken Research Team. Mothers Out Front of Rochester and Monroe County researches the dangers of fracked Bakken crude, and has recently been presenting to local governments and school boards about the risk. The most effective prevention for all the risks involved would be to leave the oil in the ground. This memorial protest will call on congress for a national ban on transporting this oil by rail. • WHO: New York Mothers Out Front (“Mobilizing for a Livable Climate”) and supporters • WHAT: Lac Megantic Memorial/Action Rally • WHEN: 4:15-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • WHERE: The Federal Building, 100 State Street CONTACT: Linda Pratt at (585) 729-2558 or lspeechgirl1@gmail.com  WEBSITE: www.mothersoufront.org
  • July 6  Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, 10 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Creek-side entrance near intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County. 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon NY 14502
    • Butterfly Walk  July 6  Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, 10 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Creek-side entrance near intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County. 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon NY 14502  Wear long pants and tuck socks into your pants to protect from ticks.   Bring a hat, water, insect repellent, close-focusing binoculars (if you have some). Optional:  bring lunch and folding chair. www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org   
  • July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY.
    • A CommonBound  conference is occurring July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY. It will bring together leaders and organizations from across North America to examine visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change. Participants will share insights and stories, build relationships, highlight achievements, and chart a shared path toward a society that puts people and planet first. Participants will include a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, and practitioners.  A network gathering Friday the 8th covers self-governance using dynamic governance/sociocracy – see here. Self governance is also a topic for a Saturday workshop.
  • Monday July 11 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm UU Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo. 2nd Floor Alliance Room
    • The July Writers Group session will feature Renee Vogelsang and Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Energy (on the 2nd Monday) as part of their Electric Vehicle powered tour of New York State. Please Join Us Monday July 11 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm UU Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo. 2nd Floor Alliance Room The Writers Group meets monthly to hear a short presentation on a relevant topic, discuss energy related news, letters and articles, and encourage each other to write for publication on topics of interest. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the flyer.
  • July 12   Butterfly Walk at Oatka Creek Park, 9797 Union St., Scottsville NY 14546  10 AM to noon   
    • Meet at the parking lot just inside the park entrance at junction of Quaker Rd. and Union St. just west of Scottsville.  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent, water, and a hat.  Optional: bring lunch and folding chair. Contact: (585) 385-4725   rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:30 pm | First Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY
    • Move to Amend: Legalize Democracy 7:30 pmFirst Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd One critical step to move quickly towards a Low Carbon Future is  to abolish Corporate Personhood! Join David Cobb from Move to Amend for a call to action, to learn how corporations are using OUR legal system against us and how we the people can overrule the courts. Event sponsored by: Rochester Pachamama Alliance Admission is free, donation gladly accepted :) All donations go to Move to Amend For more information or to register: here.
  • July 15   Butterfly Walk at Letchworth State Park, South end   9 am to 5 pm  
    • Meet at the Park and Ride lot at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251, off I-390, exit 11 for Rush.  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent, water,  lunch, and a folding chair.   Contact: (585) 383-8168     rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • July 16   Wildflowers and Butterflies  Erie Canal Park, off Rt. 350 in Macedon, NY  10 AM 
    • Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Macedon Erie Canal Park Butterfly Trail, as well as a glimpse of the original canal.  Meet at the rear of the park. Contact: 585-678-4005    https://www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • July 17   Butterfly Walk for Beginners at Mendon Ponds Park  10 AM to noon    
    • Meet in the Visitors Center / Wild Wings parking lot, 27 Pond Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, just off Clover St. (Rt. 65).  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent and water.  Contact: (585) 383-8168  rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • MON 18 JUL 2016 Citizens' Climate Lobby Chapter Meeting 7:00 pm First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd S, Room 228
    • Monthly strategy meeting for Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
  • July 19  Butterfly Walk at Rattlesnake Hill WMA and Mt. Morris Dam Area  9 am to 5 pm   
    • Meet at the Park and Ride lot at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251 off I-390, exit 11 for Rush. Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent,  water, lunch, and a folding chair.    Contact: (585) 425-2380 rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • July 22   "Secret Life of Flowers" and a Potluck Dinner  BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor, NY 14564   6-8 PM    
    • Following dinner, naturalists Carol and David Southby will delve into the inner workings of flowers.  Bring binoculars or a magnifier for the hands-on aspect of their program.  For dinner, bring a dish to pass and place setting.  Contact:  425-7293    https://www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • July 24 - Philadelphia, PA, March for a Clean Energy Revolution Sunday,  
    • March for a Clean Energy Revolution March for a Clean Energy Revolution: Sunday, July 24th, Philadelphia, PA; On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers: Ban Fracking Now; Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground; Stop Dirty Energy; Quickly and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy. Convened by Americans Against Fracking & Pennsylvanians Against Fracking. Details: Sunday, July 24; 4:45am: leave St. John Fisher Park n’ Ride, 3690 East Avenue (Lot S); 5:45am: second pick-up at Waterloo Thruway Exit 41 Park N’ Ride; 11am: estimated arrival in Philadelphia; 4:30pm: leave Philadelphia to come home; 9:30pm: estimated arrival @ Waterloo Thruway Exit 41; 10:15pm: estimated arrival @ St. John Fisher Park N’ Ride, Rochester; Cost: Full fare: $70, student/subsidized rate: $36; Go here to reserve a ticket(for best results copy the link to your browser); See cleanenergymarch.org for more information. Got questions? Email: chante.ishta2012@gmail.com )from THE PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE PACHAMAMA OF GREATER ROCHESTER July 2016 Newsletter )


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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