EarthWorks Development by Discovery | 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 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 our green spaces transform into a Winter wonderland, EarthWorks continues to venture into the forest to bring families and students more opportunities to engage in one-of-a-kind nature curriculum, environmental experiences, and wilderness programs. Each activity funds larger community initiatives around urban outreach, youth development, and personal wellness, so thank you for your support! Get introduced to our mission, programs, and guides during any of these upcoming programs.

Winter Running Wild After School | Ages 8-15


Students will practice the four tenets of survival (shelter, water, fire, and food), learn to think independently before reacting, and make smart choices while being challenged. They also focus on developing life skills such as patience, respect, resilience, and teamwork. This session takes place:


November 26th – January 14th (no class 12/24, 12/31)
Mondays 3:45 – 5:45 PM (7 Spots)


earthworks forest schoolWinter Forest School | Ages 8-15


Our forests become a whole new place, when Winter is upon us, and students will discover the unique survival skills that come along with it. Trackers is designed to teach ancient knowledge, ecology,and understanding of the natural world combined with unique instruction on the time-honored techniques of wilderness living. Winter sessions take place:


November 29th – February 14th (no class 12/27)
Session 1: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM FULL