EarthWorks Institute Sustainability In Action | 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 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. In anticipation of a busy new year, we are featuring spring and summer camps programs being offered in 2018. Get introduced to our mission, programs, and Forest Guides during any of these exciting activities.

spring break camp

Spring Break Adventure Camp | Ages 8-13


This day program is a unique survival skill camp that challenges students to think beyond the everyday. Spring breakers will think independently before reacting to make smart choices while being challenged. Our Forest Guides focus on challenging students to develop life skills such as patience, respect, resiliency, and teamwork while mastering: outdoor cooking and safety, fire and shelter building, wild sourcing of food and medicine, safety, and wildcrafting!


Date & Time: April 2nd – 6th, 8:00AM – 2:30PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Park Penfield
Cost: $200 per session, each student


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after school

Spring After-School | Ages 5-11


Our unique after-school nature programs challenge students to experience the wonder of nature in their own backyard, and their connection to it. Learning without knowing, we guide students through basic wilderness safety, hiking skills, natural navigation, food, hydration, shelter building & more. Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give students the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way.


Date & Time: Mondays, April 9nd – May 21st, 4:00 – 6:00PM
Location: Harris Whalen Park Penfield
Cost: $60 per student