Central & Western New York

Hikes, Events and Work Days

Connect with Nature in Central & Western New York

Rebuilding a Wetland Part II - Talk & Site Tour
Saturday, April 8 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Richmond, NY

The Nature Conservancy is working to improve the water quality of Honeoye Lake using nature-based solutions. Last year we hosted a hike before construction began at the project site. Now that the construction is complete, we invite you to join us and learn about the benefits of natural floodplains, and the impacts of stream channel modifications at this site.

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Earth Day Tree Planting at Honeoye Lake Inlet
Saturday, April 22 | 1pm - 3pm | Richmond, NY

Celebrate Earth Day with The Nature Conservancy and our partners, and help us plant native trees and shrubs at the new Honeoye Inlet Stream Channel.

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Celebrate TNC's New Green Office Space!
Thursday, April 27| 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Rochester, NY

Come join the party! The Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York has moved to new and improved office space. Come help us warm it up with laughter and conversation as we celebrate our growth and success! Drop by to enjoy refreshments and meet the Trustees, staff, and volunteers of your local Nature Conservancy chapter.

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El Dorado Beach Cleanup and Dune Protection
Saturday, April 29 | 10am - 12pm | Henderson, NY

Come enjoy the eastern Lake Ontario Shore while we clean up the beach and replace signage and fencing ahead of the heavy visitation season.

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West Hill Trail Maintenance
Saturday, May 6 | 9am - 11am | Naples, NY

Remember the original West Hill wood sign?! We are restoring it and need your help to install this beauty back at the trailhead. We will also stain the tool shed and conduct standard trail maintenance along the Bristol Hills Spur of the Finger Lakes Trail.

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Thousand Acre Swamp Trail Maintenance
Thursday, May 11 | 6pm - 8pm | Penfield, NY

Help us install split rail fence to reroute the entrance trail through the kiosk.  We will also cleanup the area around the shed and conduct standard maintenance throughout the trail system.

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Syracuse Bird Walk
Thursday, May 11 | 7:30am - 9:30am | Syracuse, NY

Spring migration is a magical time of year in Central & Western New York, and a recent Nature Conservancy study showed lakeshore and urban wilds are both critical to migratory birds. Join Jim Howe, Executive Dir. Of The Nature Conervancy in Central & Western NY , and Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on a spring birding expedition at St. Mary's Cemetery.

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Buffalo Bird Walk
Friday, May 12 | 7:30am - 9:30am | Buffalo, NY

Spring migration is a magical time of year in Central & Western New York, and a recent Nature Conservancy study showed lakeshore and urban wilds are both critical to migratory birds. Join Jim Howe, Executive Dir. Of The Nature Conervancy in Central & Western New York, and expert birders Laurie Dann and Pamela Righter on a spring birding expedition at Amherst State Park.

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Rochester Bird Walk
Friday, May 19 | 7:30am - 9:30am | Rochester, NY

Spring migration is a magical time of year in Central & Western New York, and a recent Nature Conservancy study showed lakeshore and urban wilds are both critical to migratory birds. Join Jim Howe, Executive Dir. And David Klein, Sr. Field Representative of The Nature Conservancy in Central & Western New York on a spring birding expedition at Cobb's Hill Park.

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El Dorado Signage Celebration
Saturday, May 13 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Henderson, NY

Please join us for the Grand Opening ceremony of the El Dorado facelift! This treasured preserve has undergone a “fashion makeover”, with new contemporary signage, spruced up trails and improved access.  We could not have done this without the generous support of our volunteers, donors, and members, and we’d love to celebrate with you!  Join us for a short opening ceremony and refreshments, and an inaugural hike.

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Rob's Trail - Hemlock Lake Trail Maintenance & Volunteer Appreciation Event
Saturday, May 20 | 9am - 11am; 11:30am - 2:30pm | Springwater, NY

Work, eat, play. Help us stain the wood bridge and conduct annual trail maintenance at our newest trail. Then join us in the parking lot our annual volunteer appreciation lunch followed by a hike down to Hemlock Lake.

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Chaumont Barrens Trail Maintenance & Volunteer Appreciation Event
Sunday, May 21 | 10am - 12pm; 12:30pm - 3:30pm | Chaumont, NY

Come help us clear & clean up the trail, and begin prepping restoration sites for native plant seeding in the areas where invasive brush has been treated.  Then join us in the parking lot at 1:00 p.m. for our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon followed by a hike through the Alvar.

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Connecting with Nature: Hemlock Lake Paddle
Saturday, June 10 | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Springwater, NY

Experience Explore New York’s largest undeveloped Finger Lake in this guided, moderately strenuous paddling trip.  Experience Hemlock Lake’s pristine waters and forested coastline as you learn from Conservancy staff about The Nature Conservancy’s role in protecting this incredible natural asset.

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Connecting with Nature: Rob's Trail - Hemlock Lake Hike
Thursday, July 27| 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Springwater, NY

Join Jim Howe, Chapter Director, on a challenging hike as we descend from one of the highest elevations in Hemlock Lake watershed to the eastern shore of Hemlock Lake.  Hikers will learn about the Conservancy’s newest trail system that connects Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, learn about the history and ecology of the Finger Lakes Region and marvel at the local splendor.

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Connecting with Nature: Rob's Trail - Hemlock Lake Hike
Saturday, September 16 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Springwater, NY

Join Gregg Sargis, Dir. of Ecological Management, on a challenging hike as we descend from one of the highest elevations in Hemlock Lake watershed to the eastern shore of Hemlock Lake.  Hikers will learn about the Conservancy’s newest trail system that connects Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, learn about the history and ecology of the Finger Lakes Region and marvel at the local fall splendor.

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