Central & Western New York

Hikes, Events and Work Days

Connect with Nature in Central & Western New York

Building Flood Smart Communities in Steuben County
Tuesday, May 8 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Corning, NY
The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning Board, University of Buffalo and Steuben County are working collaboratively with municipalities within this corridor to reduce flooding vulnerability and increase resiliency to climate change to benefit people and nature. You will hear from Stevie Adams, TNC Freshwater Conservation Specialist, about these efforts to protect critical infrastructure, reduce property damage, improve flood safety, and balance nature with development.


Rebuilding a Wetland
Saturday, May 12 | 10 am – 12 pm | Honeoye, NY
The Nature Conservancy is working collaboratively to improve the water quality of Honeoye Lake using nature-based solutions. We invite you to join us to learn about our stream channel modifications at this site as well as the benefits of natural floodplains.


Ready, Set, Bird
Every year between March and May, millions of birds stream northward from their wintering grounds in Central and South America. Some settle in for the breeding season, while others wing their way north to Canada. Join Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy’s Central and Western NY Chapter director, and special guest birders to see spring migration in action.

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Friday, May 18 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM | Buffalo, NY

Cobbs Hill Park
Thursday, May 24 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM | Rochester, NY

Oakwood Cemetery
Friday, May 25 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM | Syracuse, NY

Create Pathways for Pollinators
Habitat Network, a free online citizen science platform, invites people to map their outdoor space, share it with others, and learn more about supporting wildlife and improving backyard habitat in cities and towns across the country. Learn how to use this incredible resource provided by The Nature Conservancy and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and put your new skills to work for the benefit of pollinators.

May 31 | 6 pm – 9 pm | Redwood, NY

June 20 | 10 am – 2:30 pm | Clayton, NY

Dig in for Sodus Bay
July 13 | 9 am – 11 am | North Rose, NY
Join us for a water chestnut pull. This floating aquatic plant creates extremely dense mats of vegetation that make boating and canoeing difficult and reduce the sunlight native plants to grow. Help people and nature by collecting plants and seeds from canoes with us. The event will take place at the Lakeshore WMA at the Sodus Bay Access Trail.


Find Mystery Plants
June 3 | 10 am – 12 pm | Malloryville, NY
Join us on a search for mystery plants at our O.D. von Engeln preserve in Malloryville. Botany enthusiast Carol Morris will lead us on a discovery of the wildflowers, lichens, mosses, ferns and conifers of this unique bog.


Map Invasive Species
Become part of New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators and natural resource professionals.

June 13 | 11 am – 3:30 pm | Canton, NY

June 18 | 11 am – 3:30 pm | Oswego, NY

Explore a Climate-Resilient Forest on Tug Hill
October 13 | 10 am – 12 pm | Constableville, NY
Get a sneak peek at our work to create a climate-resilient forest on Tug Hill. Our efforts are aimed at re-establishing a strong and diverse forest able to weather a changing climate, maintain corridors for wildlife movement and migration, and ensure that ecosystem services like clean air, water and timber are generated for people. The event will meet at Snowridge ski resort.


Bike Canadice Lake
October 8 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | Canadice, NY
On October 8, 9:30 a.m., circle a beautiful Finger Lake that provides drinking water for millions of people. This 7-8 mile ride will offer autumn views of the forests that clean Rochester’s water.



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