Earthworks Institute - Volunteer | Rochester, NY

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WE ARE A COMMUNITY

 

“The measure of a civilization is not how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and to each other.”

~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

 

Earthworks relies on community-wide partnerships with businesses, organizations and individuals like you!   We are dedicated to making positive changes through connecting people to their land and each other. With each new connection we move further towards our goals of encouraging local collaboration and social empowerment. Our partners and volunteers drive a fundamental change for the health of our neighbors and our environment.

Learn More About Our Partners

 


 

VOLUNTEER WITH EARTHWORKS

 

Are you ready to help make positive change in your community? Do you have knowledge and skills to share? Would you simply like to lend a hand? Then join the Earthworks Institute Volunteer Team!

 

We Are Looking For:

–  Professional Skills Mentors –

–  Environmental Education Program Aids –

–  Workshop assistants and leads –

–  Community project aids –

–  Grant writers –

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HIGHLIGHTING THOSE WHO SHINE

 

Earthworks Institute has such great appreciation for all of our volunteers – their time and effort are invaluable to us.  Here you can read more about individuals both locally and nationally who’ve made outstanding contributions, big or small, to our organization.

 

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Michael began volunteering with Earthworks Institute after attending two classes; Into to Wilderness Survival and Intro to Primitive Tools.  “I loved the concept of drawing people outside and away from electricity, so decided to get more involved.” Michael explained

In his professional life as a landscape architect, his focus has always been on protection of the natural environment and on projects that encourage people to spend more time out of doors.  Michael’s professional work includes ecological restoration projects and the design of parks, trails, kids camps and even a nature play area for kids at a nature center.

After having cut back on his “work” hours in the last couple of years, he had the chance to spend more time working with non-profits that focus on the outdoor environment, including several stints as a volunteer park ranger for the National Park Service at several parks in the Southwest.  “I am  now excited to work with Earthworks to encourage the people of the Rochester eco-region, especially the kids, to spend more time outside getting familiar with their natural environment” he said.  Join us for a class and meet Michael, along with other volunteers this year!

 


 

OUR VALUED PARTNERS

 

Rochester City School District / East High / World of Inquiry

The Rochester City School District is a public school district that serves approximately 32,000 children and 10,000 adults in the city of Rochester. With over 6,000 employees working together, the RCSD mission  is to provide a quality education that ensures our students graduate with the skills to be successful in the global economy. Earthworks has teamed up with teachers within the to district to run it’s exciting, STEM-focused program,  Students, Science and Civic Engagement, to enhance college and career readiness opportunities.

“Every Child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece”

 

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education

The University of Rochester is consistently listed among the nation’s top-ranked research universities. Warner School professionals are engaged in a wide variety of educational research, where faculty members generate new understanding of the human condition. The warner school currently serves as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) for Rochester’s East High School at the request of the Rochester City School District Board of Education. To ensure the success of East and its students, The Warner School is shifting East High culture to enhance academic programs, and increase supports for students and staff. Earthworks is honored to become a part of this cultural shift in that we are now able to work with East High teachers and students to offer our Students, Science and Civic Engagement program, to enhance college and career readiness opportunities.

 

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

For more than a century, ESF has been unique among institutions of higher learning in its singular focus on environmental discovery, learning, and sustainability. Offering the excellence of a small campus education in an atmosphere of big ideas,the ESF in the High School and ESF Science Corps program prepare students to be leaders in the stewardship of both our natural and designed environments and be the effective citizens required for the 21st century. ESF has partnered with Earthworks Institute to offer their popular AP curriculum in the Global Environment (EFB 120) as the core content for our Students, Science and Civic Engagement program,  to enhance college and career readiness opportunities for students of the Rochester City School District.
“Developing Students and Citizens”
 

Rochester Brainery

“Rochester Brainery is a place to take classes and teach classes in Rochester, NY – whether you’re looking for a place to share your area of expertise, or looking for a place to take a class for fun without having to worry about financial or time constraints.” Since its initiation, Earthworks has partnered with the Brainery to offer affordable introductory wilderness skills classes to people in our community.
 

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Park-Meigs is a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood between Oxford Street and the Inner Loop. Its name derives from the intersection of Park Avenue and Meigs Street on which it is centered. Park-Meigs is essentially a conglomerate of parts of the Alexander, Monroe Village, East End and Park Avenue neighborhoods. Earthworks and the PMNA have worked together over the last year to fund and build a beautiful 800sq foot organic community garden in Goodwin Park.
Building a better future by preserving our history.”
 

Clear Path for Veterans
Located in both Madison and Onondaga counties, about 13 miles southeast of the Syracuse VA medical center, Clear Path’s outreach extends to the same 13-county catchment served by the VAMC. This organization recognizes the responsibility of communities to help those who serve and  empowers service members, veterans, and their families through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment. Earthworks and Clear Path established a programing partnership in mid-year of 2015 to offer nature-based activities for veterans and their families. This partnership continues to flourish today!
 

Genesee Land Trust

Genesee Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waterways that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Rochester region – providing wildlife habitat, locally grown food, and connections to nature. Working in Monroe and Wayne Counties, and portions of Ontario, Genesee, Livingston, and Orleans Counties, this organization preserves land that includes native plant and wildlife habitat, wetlands, farmland, waterways, and scenic and recreational areas. The Genesee Land Trust works in partnership with Earthworks to offer conservation project internship experience for city school students via the Students, Science and Civic Engagement program, as a source for researching links between human health and stewardship. This partnership adds to positive youth development through encouraging social responsibility and education with community outreach.

 

The Nature Conservancy

The Central & Western chapter of the Nature Conservancy has a small but dedicated staff that work to uphold the greater mission of this well-known, nation wide establishment. These 14 New Yorkers are are responsible for the protection and restoration of more than half of the Empire State. This group of conservationists are making sure our natural treasures stick around for the next generation. The Nature Conservancy works in partnership with Earthworks to offer conservation project internship experience for city school students via the Students, Science and Civic Engagement program, as a source for researching links between human health and stewardship. This partnership adds to positive youth development through encouraging social responsibility and education with community outreach.
 

Friends of Washington Grove

Since 2008, Friends of Washington Grove(FoWG), works in collaboration with the relevant city offices to protect a local conservation area of critical interest. Washington Grove forest forms part of Cobb’s Hill Park in Rochester. These 26 acres of relatively undisturbed old growth forest, are of great scientific interest for its geological, botanical, and ecological character, and of importance also for the citizens of Rochester and surrounding communities as a public amenity and green lung. The Grove is extensively used and appreciated by walkers and runners, both individually and in organized events, representing various constituencies within the city and the region. Friend of Washington Grove works in partnership with Earthworks to offer conservation project internship experience for city school students via the Students, Science and Civic Engagement program, as a source for researching links between human health and stewardship. This partnership adds to positive youth development through encouraging social responsibility and education with community outreach.
 

Lori’s Natural Foods

As an independent, family operated, local grocer, Lori’s prides itself on a connection to it’s community and serves as a leader in the world of natural and organic foods, supplements and herbs. Lori’s partnership with Earthworks has provided a variety of outreach opportunities to meet folks and families from the Greater Rochester area as well as to support a connection between organizations and community members to create a more sustainable-minded city.

“Be good to the earth, be good to yourself, shop at Lori’s!”

 

Warrior Salute

A branch of CDS Monarch,Warrior Salute operates through a small, residential facility in Rochester where clinical services, employment opportunities, transitional housing and various wellness programs are offered to those enrolled. Warrior Salute offers a number of non-traditional therapeutic treatment/experience options for Veterans enrolled in the program, these include equine therapy, horticulture therapy, canine therapy, therapeutic yoga, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, among others. Earthworks functions in partnership with Warrior Salute to offer a unique wilderness therapy program that uses the power of nature exposure to help veterans and their families as they reacclimate into civilian life.
 

SeedFolk City Farm

A multi-site urban farm based in Rochester, NY that engages youth through project-based learning. At Seedfolk City Farm, we believe that in order to build resilient urban communities, we must equip each other with the skills and knowledge necessary to create a healthy, localized community food system. Earthworks was the beneficiary of some tremendous raised garden bed construction via Lisa Barker, co-founder of the organization.