EarthWorks Institute - Sustainability In Action | Rochester, NY

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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 staff 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 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.


 

Summer Camp Registration Now OPEN !

 

RUNNIN’ WILD SUMMER CAMP!

A unique survival skills day camp program, “Runnin’ Wild” challenges kids to think beyond the everyday. Three hundred years ago, upstate New York was much wilder: no roads or tap water, no electricity or fuel, no grocery stores, pharmacies or hospitals. Could you have survived? Join this outdoor survival summer program to test your outdoor skills and find out!

Campers 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 wildcrafting!

Based on “Leave No Trace” ethics, our activities give children the confidence to explore the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. In a “survival setting,” Runnin’ Wild campers think independently before reacting and make smart choices while being challenged. They also focus on developing life skills such as patience, respect, resiliency and teamwork.

Run in partnership with Allendale Columbia School *OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

Ages 8-15yrs  (A minimum of seven children required to run program each week)
Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Dates:    June 19 – 23rd  / 26th – 30th   July 10th – 14th / 17th – 21st / 24th – 28th FULL   July 31 – August 4th FULL

Registration Fee: $300.00/child      *some scholarships available upon request*

Click here to access registration on Allendale Columbia website


More Weeks of Wild Camps in Webster!

Three weeks of “themed” summer day camps taking place at 1700 Schlegel Road Webster, NY.  These camps are open to the public and provide opportunities for students ages 4-15.

 

Runnin WildRunning’ Wild Camp
July 10 – 14
Ages 8-15

A unique survival skills day camp program, “Runnin’ Wild” challenges kids to think beyond the everyday. Campers 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 wildcrafting! Based on “Leave No Trace” ethics, our activities give children the confidence to explore the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. In a “survival setting,” Runnin’ Wild campers think independently before reacting and make smart choices while being challenged. They also focus on developing life skills such as patience, respect, resiliency and teamwork.
For more information contact info@earthworks.org or call 585-861-8127
Location: 1700 Schlegel Road Webster, NY 14580
Hours: 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Registration Fee: $255 per child    *some scholarships available upon request*
Save 15% when registering for multiple programs

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Jedi Camp

Jedi Camp
July 17 – 21
Ages 11-15

Learn the ways of the forest so it may ever be in your favor. Press the edges of your awareness, through wilderness skills and activities, puzzles and obstacles that challenge your mind and body. With the guidance of Jedi-Masters and using the time-honored skills of our ancestors you will seek and hone your special skill. Before the week is over, young Jedi’s will apply their training for a secret mission from the Council, and learn the true power of a forest awakened!
For more information contact info@earthworks.org or call 585-861-8127

Location: 1700 Schlegel Road Webster, NY 14580
Hours: 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Registration Fee: $255 per child    *some scholarships available upon request*
Save 15% when registering for multiple programs

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Weird NatureWeird Nature Camp
July 24 – 28
Ages 4-7

Ecological relationships exist between all living things and this program will highlight just how interdependent everything truly is. We will explore the common and “weird” connections that exist in nature and ecology including zombie snails, glow in the dark fungus, the relationship between acid rain and ovenbird eggshells, and much more. Prepare to see nature in a new light as we pluck the web in one place and feel the vibration throughout. For more information contact info@earthworks.org or call 585-861-8127
Location: 1700 Schlegel Road Webster, NY 14580
Hours: 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Registration Fee: $255 per child    *some scholarships available upon request*
Save 15% when registering for multiple programs

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Take a Look!

Earthworks Receives $34,000 for Programs and Scholarships from New York State

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ROCHESTER, NY— August 2016 — Earthworks has received contributions from Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, and Senator Joseph Robach in support of their school programs and community youth programs. A portion of the funds went directly to scholarships for Center for Youth students to attend Earthwork’s week-long summer camp. The remainder of the funds will go to support Earthworks’ ongoing youth programs. Earthworks wants to thank these gentleman for the support of their mission to impact the lives of Rochester’s youth.

 



Earthworks Film Chosen for Fast Forward Film Festival

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ROCHESTER, NY– April 1st, 2016– A film detailing the ways that Earthworks inspires through nature education in the Rochester community was chosen to be shown in this year’s Fast Forward Film Festival. Screenings were held Thursday, April 21st at 7pm at The Little Theatre and Saturday, April 23rd at 6pm at the George Eastman Museum.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Fast Forward Film Festival website.

 


 

Congratulations to All of Our Amazing Graduate of

 Our Inaugural Students, Science and Civic Engagement Program (Spring 2016)

 

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Students from Rochester’s East High School and World of Inquiry School bring a whole new meaning to student research at SUNY ESF’s Environmental Summit

 

 

ROCHESTER, NY—June 17, 2016 — Students at East High and World of Inquiry had amazing success with  Earthworks SSCE program and their research projects which, they presented at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)  on Thursday  June 2nd.  Along with over a hundred of their peers from four other schools in New York, our students gave presentations to a body of professors, mentors, teachers and parents, discussing the scientific method and the importance for research  topics such as pollution in the Genesee River, Correlations between Green Spaces and Reduction in Crime and how educational initiatives can Reduce Littering or Unsustainable Public Use of Old Growth Forests.  In addition to receiving four college credits for passing the course, students received recruitment interests from SUNY Brockport, SUNY ESF and the Rochester Institute of Technology.   We are VERY proud of their work and want to make sure the world knows how talented Rochester City School Students truly are!

 


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