Central & Western New York

Hikes, Events and Work Days

Connect with Nature in Central & Western New York

Sign up now for a bird walk, hike, special event or volunteer activity. 

Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring your own drinking water, snacks, binoculars and/or camera. Depending on the weather, don't forget sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. No pets, please. For work days, please bring work gloves and loppers or hand saws if you have them. Most activities are rain or shine but please check your e-mail the morning of the event in case there are any last minute messages.

Questions? Email cwnyevents@tnc.org or call Harshita Sood at (585) 546-8030 x7927. 

Special Events

Rob’s Trail—Hemlock Lake Grand Opening & Inaugural Hike
Saturday, September 24 | 9:30 AM – 1 PM | Springwater, NY 

Join fellow Nature Conservancy members and special guests for the historic opening of Rob’s Trail—Hemlock Lake. This new lake-to-lake trail is like no other in the Finger Lakes region! Hemlock and Canadice Lakes are the only undeveloped Finger Lakes, and the drinking water source for hundreds of thousands of people in Rochester and Western NY. Our new trail will complete Rob van der Stricht’s vision of a link between these two pristine lakes.

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Hikes & Walks

18 Reasons to Love Eighteenmile Creek
Saturday, September 10 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Erie County, NY 

Explore a very special forest—its eastern hemlocks, sugar maples and hickories filter drinking water for people and provide superb habitat for wildlife. Beneath the trees, an underground aquifer feeds a stream perfect for trout. Join us for The Nature Conservancy’s first public hike at Eighteenmile Creek, a beautiful and important forest protected last year by The Nature Conservancy and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Director of Conservation Darran Crabtree will lead this easy hike around the property, stopping along the way to give you 18 reasons to love Eighteenmile Creek. 

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Salmon River Falls Hike
Saturday, September 17 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Altmar, NY 

Explore a trail that begins near the top of the Salmon River waterfall and traverses to the lower gorge beneath the falls for breathtaking views, unique photo opportunities and interesting discoveries about the region's natural history and plant and animal communities. The lower gorge trail is relatively steep in sections and the overall hike will be moderately difficult.

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Bog Wild
Saturday, September 24 | 1 – 3 PM | Freeville, NY 

Join Bob Beck, volunteer preserve monitor and author of “The Journey at Malloryville Bog: Commitment, Teamwork and Tenacity in Defense of Land and Nature” (2013), for an exploration of woodlands, wetlands, wildflowers and glacial geology at the O.D. von Engeln preserve. Whether you are exploring this magical place for the first time—or it’s one of your favorite spots—don’t miss this special autumn tour. This is an easy hike on boardwalks and mostly flat terrain.

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Winter is Coming
Saturday, October 15 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Penfield, NY

Are you busy getting ready for winter? Nature is! Come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while learning how wildlife are hurriedly preparing for winter, what food migrating birds are looking for, why leaves change colors, and much more. 

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Potions and Poisons 
Saturday, October 29, 10 AM – 12 PM | Penfield, NY

Halloween is coming! Join The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary to learn about nature’s potions and poisons. This easy hike with Frank Crombe will introduce you to wild plants and the chemicals in them that are good and bad for people, deer and other critters. 

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Work Days

Lake Julia Work Day 
Monday, August 22, 10 AM – 1 PM | Remsen, NY 

Help us perform seasonal trail maintenance at our beautiful Lake Julia Preserve nestled in the foothills of the western Adirondack Mountains. 

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Thousand Acre Swamp Work Day
Wednesday, September 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Penfield, NY

Help with our fall clean-up of Thousand Acre Swamp, one of Monroe County's largest wetland systems. Activities will include painting a new kiosk and boardwalk bench, boardwalk repair and trail work. 

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El Dorado Beach Clean Up 
Wednesday, September 14, 10 AM – 1 PM | Henderson, NY 

Help clean-up a beautiful beach that's one of The Nature Conservancy's first conservation areas in central New York, acquired in 1969. El Dorado is part of a 17-mile stretch of Eastern Lake Ontario that contains the largest and most extensive freshwater dune system in New York. 

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Moss Lake Work Day
Saturday, September 17 | 10 AM – 1 PM | Houghton, NY 

Help us install a new entrance sign and repair the boardwalk at one of our most visited preserves: a designated National Natural Landmark with a 15-acre bog lake. 

Sign up now for a bird walk, hike, special event or volunteer activity. 

Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring your own drinking water, snacks, binoculars and/or camera. Depending on the weather, don't forget sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. No pets, please. For work days, please bring work gloves and loppers or hand saws if you have them. Most activities are rain or shine but please check your e-mail the morning of the event in case there are any last minute messages.

Questions? Email cwnyevents@tnc.org or call Harshita Sood at (585) 546-8030 x7927. 

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