EarthWorks Development by Discovery | Rochester, NY

Connect with yourself,
your community, and your environment

Check Out Our Upcoming Programs!

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 Learning 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


As we enter Fall, EarthWorks has expanded our offerings to provide families more opportunities to engage in our one-of-a-kind nature curriculum, environmental experiences, and wilderness programs. These activities fund larger community initiatives around urban outreach, youth development, and personal wellness, so we thank you for your support. Get introduced to our mission, programs, and guides during any of these upcoming programs.

earthworks forest schoolTrackers Forest School | Ages 8-15


Conquer advance wilderness skills, learn to lead a group, and become a mentor to others. This EarthWorks program engages pre-teens and teens in the excitement building their own civilization in the outdoors, using survival skills and teamwork. Classes are now registering for:


September 12th – November 14th
Session 1: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM  (7 Spots Left)
Session 2: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM  (6 Spots Left)


earthworks after school nature explorers Nature Explorers Forest School | Ages 5-7


Delving into the life skills like teamwork, independence, self-respect, and community, students will explore the ecological relationships that exist between all living things and explore how interdependent everything truly is. Classes are now registering for:


September 10th – November 19th (no class 10/8 & 11/12)
Session 1: Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (5 Spots Left)
Session 2: Mondays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  (3 Spots Left)


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earthworks forest preschoolForest Pre-School | Ages 3-4


A cornerstone of early childhood development requires play. EarthWorks programs designed around this element of learning to engage young students in environmental experiences that foster growth, confidence, and curiosity. This Fall, sessions are being offered for:


September 10th – November 19th (no class 10/8 & 11/12)
Session 1: Mondays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (4 Spots Left)
Session 2: Mondays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM FULL


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earthworks forest schoolNature Explorers After School | Ages 5-8


Young learners benefit from out-of-school programs in a unique way and with Nature Explorers, After School, they will be welcomed into an environment that challenges their independence, teamwork, and critical thinking in a way that will benefit them long into the future. Fall sessions include:


September 17th – October 29th (no class 10/8)
Mondays 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM (15 Spots)


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earthworks afterschool program running wildRunning Wild After School | Ages 8-11


Whether social, emotional, and academic, the benefits of out-of-school programs reach youth an important way. Running Wild After School allows students to experience natural consequences, exercise responsibility, and cultivate leadership skill among their peers through survival skill activites. Fall sessions include:


September 17th – October 29th (no class 10/8)
Mondays 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM (15 Spots)