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. In anticipation of a long winter, we are featuring some very special winter workshops and after-school programs being offered in 2018. Get introduced to our mission, programs, and Forest Guides during any of these exciting activities.


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February Break Adventure Day Camp


Warmth by fire, roaming in the “unknown”, storytelling, and games ignite a connection with the natural world, activate your student’s curiosity and inspire a love of adventure during EarthWorks Institute’s February Break Adventure Day Camp.


There is so much to experience in Rochester’s’ great outdoors, and Earthworks Institute will be your guide during our third annual camp for February Break-ers seeking a full sensory experience outside! Stalk silently through the woods, learn the hidden stories of animal tracks, or make a forest home in a primitive debris hut.


From warmth by fire to roaming in the “unknown”, there are so many great reasons to take it outside – no matter what the weather! Activate your student’s curiosity, cultivate outdoor experiences, and build bonds that last a lifetime when you register for this seasonal camp.


Dates: February 19th – 23rd, 8:00AM – 2:30PM
Location: Harris Whalen Park, 2126 Penfield Rd. Penfield, NY
Group Details: Ages 8-12 (Max count 15)




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2018 After-School Nature Programs


Rooted in experiential learning, EarthWorks Institute after-school programs not only break up a busy day of studying but also offer positive benefits academically, socially, emotionally, and physically to students and their community.


By teaching students to build bonds with nature and understand their connection to it, students are able to develop life skills as well as knowledge of their local bioregion. By observing the pillars of an effective after-school program, EarthWorks Institute offers one of the most unique after school programs in Rochester.


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Winter Workshops


Now that the winter season is upon us, our survival workshops have taken a chilly turn. Make the most of this winter by taking advantage of our family-friendly workshops. Our Forest Guides will teach participants time-honored techniques for braving the winter weather, teach vital skills for outdoor survival, and introduce you to the best aspects of Rochester’s green spaces.


These family-friendly workshops are designed for ages four and up, and skillsets of every kind. Schedule a private workshop, create a group, or join our next event!


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