EarthWorks Institute Sustainability In Action | Rochester, NY

Connect with yourself,
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.

Healing handsCoyote Veteran | Trauma Rehabilitation


This program is tailored to veterans seeking to supplement therapeutic processes, overcome emotional challenges, and reintegrate into civilian life following time in service. During this program, our Forest Guides emphasize a more relaxed readjustment into civilian life, where survival is no longer equivalent to a combat setting but is instead associated with recovery, mental health, and emotional growth.


Our hope is to build emotional resilience and self-empowerment through wilderness immersion while teaching positive communication skills, teamwork, mindfulness, and appreciation for their value and service in the community.



earthworks instituteRochester Mini Maker Faire 2017
Saturday, November 18
9am – 5pm


The Rochester Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring 100+ local do-it-yourself science, art, robots, crafts, technology, music, hands-on activities, and more. EarthWorks Institute will be there demonstrating the primitive techniques of flint knapping, rope making, stone drilled pendants, and more. These are all primitive forms of creating utilities our of natural resources which we will invite 5-7 participants to join at a time to either observe or try their hand at. Flint knappers may learn how to shape stone into arrowheads or other tools, rope makers will learn how to take dried plants and extract fibers for rope, and stone drillers will use hand powered “drills” to make small holes in shale stone for pendants. In exchange for a donation to EarthWorks Institute, you can also walk away with some one-of-a-kind gifts for this holiday season.


Location: Rochester Riverside Convention Center Rochester, New York
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rochester mini maker faire