EarthWorks Institute Sustainability In Action | Rochester, NY

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your community, and your environment

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Our Mission


Earthworks Institute strives to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater Rochester area by providing education and mentoring programs that teach invaluable life-skills and social responsibility, while at the same time building healthy, lasting bonds between land and community.

Who We Are

 

Earthworks Institute Forest Guides are comprised of highly trained and diversely practiced professionals with over 20 years of aggregate experience in the environmental and education fields. We offer programs that educate, inspire, and empower people, especially urban youth, and families, to reconnect with themselves and their world through meaningful experience. Our goal is to create social and environmental sustainability in Rochester by building a shared responsibility for stewardship and a future of greater equity.

 

 


 

Special Programs

 

EarthWorks Institute offers a range of nature workshops, enrichment opportunities, and wilderness healing programs. This month, in honor of our veterans and their service to our country, we are featuring a very special healing program – Coyote Veteran Trauma Rehabilitation. Get introduced to our mission, programs, and Forest Guides during any of these exciting activities.


winter workshop

Intro to Winter Wilderness Survival

Saturday, 12/16

1pm – 4pm

 

Get ready for Winter with EarthWorks Institute, our Forest Guides will teach time-honored techniques for braving the winter weather. This family-friendly event is appropriate for ages 7+. Registered families and individuals will join us at Lollypop Farm, in Fairport, December 16th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. 

 

You’ll learn the basics of water purification, carving & fire building, creating primitive tools & more. You can expect a few challenges because this class will take place entirely outdoors. Families and individuals are welcome to join, all must be at least seven years of age to participate.

 

Date & Time: December 16th, 1:00 – 4:00PM

Location: Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd, Fairport, NY 14450

Group Minimum: 5 participants (ages 7+)

Cost: $20/person

 

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penfield after school

Nature Explorers After School

Ages 5-7 | Penfield

 

Designed especially for young learners, Earthworks Institute brings your student into the world where they are free to discover and feel at home in the woods. Learning without knowing they are even in a class, students will learn basic wilderness safety, hiking skills, natural navigation, food, hydration, shelter building & more. Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Date & Time: Mondays, February 12 – March 26th, 4:00 – 6:00PM (No class 2/19)

Location: Harris Whalen Park, 2130 Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Group Minimum: 6 participants (ages 5-7)

Cost: $60/per student

 

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penfield after school

Running Wild After School

Ages 8-11 | Penfield

 

Students of Earthworks Institute will master the four tenets of survival: shelter, water, fire, and food. Specific skills include outdoor cooking and safety, fire building (with friction), survival shelter building, wild sourcing of food and medicine, knife safety, and wild-crafting! Students will learn to think independently before reacting and make smart choices while being challenged. They also focus on developing life skills such as patience, respect, resilience, and teamwork.

 

Date & Time: Mondays, February 12 – March 26th, 4:00 – 6:00PM (No class 2/19)

Location: Harris Whalen Park, 2130 Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Group Minimum: 6 participants (ages 8-11)

Cost: $60/per student

 

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klem north after school

Nature Explorers After School

Ages 5-7 | Klem North Elementary

 

Designed especially for young learners, Earthworks Institute brings your student into the world where they are free to discover and feel at home in the woods. Learning without knowing they are even in a class, students will learn basic wilderness safety, hiking skills, natural navigation, food, hydration, shelter building & more. Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Date & Time: Tuesdays, February 13 – March 27th, 3:20 – 4:50PM (No class 2/20)

Location: Klem North Elementary, 1015 Klem Rd, Webster, NY 14580

Group Minimum: 6 participants (ages 5-7)

Cost: $55/per student

 

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webster after school

 

Nature Explorers After School

Ages 5-7 | Plank Road North Elementary

 

Designed especially for young learners, Earthworks Institute brings your student into the world where they are free to discover and feel at home in the woods. Learning without knowing they are even in a class, students will learn basic wilderness safety, hiking skills, natural navigation, food, hydration, shelter building & more. Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Date & Time: Wednesdays, February 14 – March 28th, 3:30 – 5:50P

Location: Plank Road North Elementary, 705 Plank Road Webster, NY 14580

Group Minimum: 6 participants (ages 5-7)

Cost: $55/per student

 

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