Rochester, New York City Guide
Rochester, NY City Guide

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Directory of Rochester, NY & Surrounding area Nature Organizations

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Unless otherwise listed all telephone numbers are in the 585 area code.

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  • Adirondack Mountain Club, Genesee Valley Chapter. 987-1717. "The Adirondack Mountain Club is a non-profit organization that, through its various chapters, operates exclusively for conservation, recreation and educational purposes. The Genesee Valley Chapter is active in the scheduling of outings for hiking, backpacking, X-C skiing, snow shoeing, kayaking and canoeing. The difficulties of these trips range from easy for the beginner to challenging for the expert. Through our conservation committee we keep current (and often take active stands) on such issues as acid rain, state land acquisition and use and local park planning." Click here to jump to the ADK National Web Site.
  • Audubon Society. P. O. Box  886, Adams Basin, NY 14410-0886.
  • Baltimore Woods. (See Centers for Nature Education, Inc.(CNE))
  • Beaver Meadow Audubon Center 457-3228. 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113. Contact: Dave Junkin, Director.
  • Bergen Swamp Society 548-7304. Email: P.O. Box 460, Bergen, NY 14416-460. "The Bergen Swamp Preservation Society (BSPS) is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to protect fragile wetlands and to provide educational and research opportunities.
    BSPS owns and protects more than 3000 acres of unique wetlands in 5 locations in upstate New York. Two BSPS properties, Bergen Swamp and Zurich Bog, are designated by the National Park Service as National Natural History Landmarks.
    Information about the Society, the conducted tours, and maps showing the location of the Society properties are available by writing to The Bergen Swamp Preservation Society."
  • Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.  Email: info@bbbo.orgP.O. Box 12876, Rochester, NY 14612. Braddock Bay Bird Observatory research projects include a survey of breeding birds of Irondequoit Bay, Black Tern banding and population monitoring, and spring and fall migration monitoring of songbirds at the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station. During spring, a Bander Training Course is offered for individuals who are interested in becoming a bird bander or an assistant. For information about the Bander Training Course, programs on banding available for clubs or school groups, or visiting or volunteering at the banding station, write us.
  • Braddock Bay Raptor Research.
  • Buffalo Ornithological SocietyEmail: Buffalo Museum of Science, Humbolt Park, Buffalo, NY 14211
  • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. 924-9454. "The Burroughs Audubon Nature Club was organized in 1913 by people interested in nature study, birds, and conservation. With about 400 members today, B.A.N.C. continues to meet on a regular basis and have many field trips to local natural areas.
    The club has a 30 acre nature sanctuary with trails and a clubhouse near the Town of Pittsford where many activities are scheduled. For further information, you may call: 924-9454 and leave a message or write to Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, P.O. Box 17164, Rochester, NY, 14617."
  • Cattaraugus County Bird Study Club.  Email: Timothy Baird / President, 242 East-State Street, Salamanca, NY 14779.
  • Cayuga Nordic Ski Club. "The Cayuga Nordic Ski Club's purpose is 'the promotion and encouragement of Nordic skiing as a sport, healthful exercise, recreational activity and as a means of enjoying the outdoors.' To achieve this purpose, the club organizes Nordic skiing events suitable for skiers of all abilities. These include tours, ski technique clinics, waxing clinics, races, etc. The club also promotes the exchange of information on ski trails and snow conditions in areas around Ithaca."
  • Centers for Nature Education, Inc.(CNE). 315-673-1350. P.O. Box 133, Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108. "Centers for Nature Education, Inc. is dedicated to providing environmental education and fostering environmental awareness through participatory and personal experiences so that people in our community may develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment which is vital to our well being." "At present, CNE concentrates its efforts in two areas: the teaching of environmental and nature education programming throughout Central New York and the management of Baltimore Woods in Marcellus, NY. CNE's headquarters is located at the Baltimore Woods site in the Hand House, an 1850's farm house donated and moved to the site in 1978,"
  • Cornell Outdoor Education607-255-6183. Cornell Outdoor Education offers outdoor courses, seminar and trips for both Cornell community and the general public. COE houses the Lindseth Climbing Wall, the largest indoor natural rock climbing wall, operates an extensive teambuilding program and challenge course and runs a comprehensive outdoor equipment rental facility.
  • Crescent Trail Hiking Association. 248-5122. P.O. Box 1354, Fairport, NY 14450. "The Crescent Trail is a footpath in the Town of Perinton, a suburb southeast of Rochester. Twenty-six miles of trail wind through wooded hills and scenic wetlands. The Trail connects with the Erie Canal Heritage Trail (or "towpath") along the banks of the Erie Canal, to the Perinton Hikeway-Bikeway, and to trails in the neighboring towns of Pittsford, Victor, and Macedon."
  • Cumming Nature Center.
  • Darien Lakes State Park. 547-9481.
  • Endless Adventures Travel Company. 315-536-0522, 800-YOU-TREK, or e-mail at 145 East Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527. Endless Adventures offers kayak and rock climbing instruction and kayak tours in the region and elsewhere. "Western New York's only fully licensed and accredited guide service. American Canoe Association, Professional Paddle Sports Association, American Mountain Guides Association, New York State Outdoor Guides Association, American Whitewater Affiliation, American Red Cross Certified." They also offer kayak rentals and delivery of rental kayaks.
  • Finger Lakes Land Trust. 607-275-9487.  202 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Email:  Web:  The Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy work together to protect Canadice and Hemlock Lakes watershed.
  • Finger Lakes-Ontario Watershed (F.L.O.W.) Paddlers' Club. 442-6138. 43 Whelehan Drive, Rochester, NY 14616. Offers paddling instruction, trips, and social events dealing with canoeing, kayaking, whitewater recreation, and more. "The Finger Lakes Ontario Watershed Paddlers' Club was founded by a group of paddlers who wanted to provide a local club committed to serving the needs of a diverse paddling community, from those seeking the solitude of the back country to those craving the crashing of the waves.  Our goal is to spread the rewards of paddling through educational programs and opportunities, provide interest specific services to paddlers and encourage paddlers to meet, learn, and teach each other.  FLOW members are also  dedicated to improving local access and protecting the state of our aquatic environment."
  • Finger Lakes State Parks 607-387-7041. Buttermilk Falls State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park are managed by Finger Lakes State Parks. Both parks offer activities throughout the year.
  • Foot Print Press.  "Footprint Press - trail guidebooks for hiking, bicycling, dog-walking, and cross-country skiing. Free e-mail newsletter on central & western NY trail related happenings and issues."
  • The Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC).
  • The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway "The Mission of The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway is to establish and maintain a public, multi-use trail and natural corridor along the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal and its successor, the Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Division, from the Erie Canal Heritage Trail in Rochester NY, to Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County, NY, in accordance with the Guidelines developed by the Genesee Valley Greenway Steering Committee."
  • Friends of the Outlet, Inc. C/O Yates County Historian, 110 Court St., Penn Yan, NY 14527. "Friends of the Outlet is a private, not for profit organization, dedicated to preserving the Keuka Outlet and trail for its historical significance and recreational use. The Outlet trail is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and nature watching. The Outlet, known by its Indian name of Minneseta, is ideal for kayaking and conoeing. There are also many historical sites along the eight mile outlet. The outlet and trail recreational area extends from Keuka lake and Penn Yan to Seneca lake and Dresden."
  • Friends of Webster Trails.  "To manage and promote the Hojack Trail, Vosburg Hollow Wild Area and other trails and linear parks in partnership with the Town of Webster for educational and recreational purposes."
  • Gannett School of Science and Man (Rochester Museum & Science Center) 271-4320. Fax 271-5935. 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14603-1480.
  • Ganondagan State Historic Site 924-5848. 1488 Victor-Holcomb Road Victor, New York 14564. "Visit the site of a Seneca town where thousands of Seneca lived 300 years ago. Climb the mesa where a huge palisaded granary stored hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn, and served as a fort when needed. Learn about the destruction of Ganondagan, Town of Peace, in 1687 when a large French army led by the governor of Canada attacked it." They also have a some very nice hiking trails that connect to the Victor Hiking Trails, Inc. trails.
  • Genesee Country Museum, The Nature Center
  • Genesee Waterways Center.  328-3960.  P.O. Box 18607, Rochester, NY 14618.  Email: "Our Mission: To reach out to all segments of the community and provide watersports activities through a wide variety of programs and events. Goals of the GWC include promoting youth development, activities for the less fortunate, physical fitness, education, competitive training, community participation and tourism. The GWC will enhance the reputation and quality of life in the Monroe county area, and protect the natural heritage of the Genesee River and Erie Canal.  Our Purpose: The purpose of the GWC is to introduce and promote the use of human powered watercraft - outrigger canoeing, rowing, white water kayaking, and sprint kayaking - to a broad segment of Monroe County. Instructional classes, training, competitions and other recreational programming will be offered to youth, young adults, master level adults, senior citizens, and the general public."
  • Genesee Ornithological Society. Email:  A section of The Rochester Academy of Science. P.O. Box 25156, Rochester, NY 14625.
  • Genesee Valley Hiking Club.    
  • Great Lakes Environmental Education Center. Email: "Mission Statement: To facilitate learning and information management in the international Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Basin ecosystem. The Center will provide a central information and reference service for Great Lakes - St. Lawrence educational resources to teachers, students, and non-formal educators."
  • The Great Lakes Information Network. "The Great Lakes Information Network, or GLIN, is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes region. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary component of informed decisionmaking, and a trusted and reliable source of information for those who live, work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region."
  • Hamlin Beach State Park 964-2462.
  • Hansen Nature Center Tinker Nature Park & Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, P.O. Box 999, Henrietta, New York 14467-0999.  TINPKHAN@MCLS.ROCHESTER.LIB.NY.US "The Hansen Nature Center contains a large group meeting room, classroom, large exhibit area, gift shop, rest rooms and an office/storage area. Monthly natural science presentations and special public events are held in the large group meeting room. During the school year, schools book their classes for outdoor environmental education programs. Depending on the weather, snowshoes are used for the winter ecology class." 
  • Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc. 585-652-8646.   Loretta C. Jones, Director.  P.O.Box 662, East Aurora, NY 14052-0662.  "We are the largest outrach educational facility in NYS, reaching over 100,000 individuals yearly!  We hold over 10 state, federal and USDA permits which allow us to exhibit live animals.  We are members of the prestigious International Association of Avian & Educators (IAATE) which ranks Hawk Creek as one of the most unique and professional facilities in the world."
  • Helmer Nature Center 336-3035. 154 Pine Grove Ave., Rochester, NY 14617. Contact: Mary Ann Russo.
  • Highland Park Conservancy. 234-GROW. 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620. " The Highland Park Conservancy is a non- profit volunteer organization formed in October 1994 to preserve Highland Park's unique heritage and promote its vast horticultural, educational and recreational resources. Working in cooperation with Monroe County and the city of Rochester, we support sound planning, management and restoration. And we engage the community through education and volunteer programs, including tours, work projects and educational outreach. Our members are a diverse group of individuals united by a belief that Highland Park—as an arboretum and a landmark of social and horticultural history-should be held up to the community and its visitors as a treasure to be explored, respected and nurtured."
  • Irondequoit Bay State Park 964-2462.
  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge  948-5445. 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013. Refuge Manager Thomas Roster.  Google Map
  • Lake Country Bike & Ski Club. 315-789-1138. 124 N. Brook St., Geneva, NY 14456. "Activities include canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountain bike polo. For information Phone Tom Geary at 315-789-1138 or contact Janie Wilkins by e-mail at"
  • Lakeside Beach State Park 682-5246.
  • Letchworth State Park 493-3603. 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427-1124. Contact: Jayne McLaughlin, Park Manager.
  • Lock 32 Canal State Park 964-2462
  • Mendon Ponds Nature Center and Nature Preserve 334-3780. Ponds Road at Clover St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. "Mendon Ponds Park is located 10 miles southeast of Rochester. The park consists of 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands, and glacially created land forms. The Mendon Ponds Nature Center and Natural Preserve is located in the southern section of Mendon Ponds Park. The preserve consists of 550 acres with 7 miles of self-guiding nature trails and 5 miles of multi-use trails. Directional signs and natural history displays guide visitors along the nature trails."
  • Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge 315-568-5987. 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148-9778. "Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge lies at the north end of Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Located 5 mile east of Seneca Falls, in Seneca County, Montezuma Refuge serves as a major resting area for waterfowl and other waterbirds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central Canada. Refuge management benefits wildlife and provides a place for people to visit and enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat."
  • The Nature Conservancy, Central and Western New York Chapter Voice:  546-8030.  Fax:  546-7825. Email:  315 Alexander St., Rochester, NY 14604. "The Nature Conservancy is an international membership organization committed to the global preservation of natural diversity. Its mission is to identify and preserve the world's best remaining examples of plants, animals, and natural communities by protecting the lands and water they need to survive.

    To date the Conservancy and its over 800,000 members have been responsible for the protection of 8 million acres in 50 states and Canada. It has helped like-minded partner organizations to preserve millions of acres in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Conservancy owns and manages some 1,500 preserves, the largest privately owned nature preserve system in the world.

    The Central and Western New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 13,000 acres, and owns and manages 26 nature sanctuaries."
  • Nature Discoveries.  "Nature Discoveries has been leading ecotours to many of the world's finest natural places since 1989.  Destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Galapagos, Iceland, Peru, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Belize, and many of the western US parks.  Over a thousand Rochesterians and others have enjoyed these vacation-learning expeditions - active trips that increasing traveler's awareness of the natural wonders of each destination - birds – butterflies, wildlife, flora, geology.  More than half the travelers on any trip, on average, are repeat customers.  Groups are small and comprised mainly of people from the central and western New York.  Trip leaders have decades of experience as educators, researchers, naturalists and guides."  Comment:  I was recently at dinner party where nearly every guest had been on a Nature Discoveries tour.  All of the guests who had been on a tour recommended the company and the tour guides.
  • Oak Orchard Marine State Park 682-5246.
  • Ontario Pathways. 394-7968. Betsy Russel, P. O. Box 996, Canadaigua, NY 14424. "Ontario Pathways is a grassroots organization consisting of people from all walks of life dedicated to planning, establishing and maintaining public access trails throughout Ontario County, and eventually linking these trails with trail systems in other counties. Our members have diverse interests that have brought them together for this endeavor. These interests include walking, bicycling, cross�country skiing, running, horseback riding, nature hiking and bird watching. Through our organization, we plan to provide a safe, well managed system of trails that can be enjoyed not only by us but by our grandchildren and many generations to follow.

    As a family of citizens, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn two abandoned railroad beds in our area into a permanent, public 'linear park' for our use and the enjoyment of future generations. The two routes join in Stanley, NY, and together make a route 22 miles long that joins the city of Canandaigua to the villages of Clifton Springs and helps. Both of these routes are through beautiful countryside, scenic woods and fields, small communities and nearby streams. Now that the trains have suspended their cycle in history, we have the opportunity to convert these right-of-ways into multi-use, public trails and join the Rails-to-Trails movement that is developing across America. Your support is needed to make this dream a reality."
  • Pack Paddle Ski Corporation.  6237 S. Lima Rd., Lima, NY 14487. Pack Paddle Ski Corporation offers fee-based outdoor activities and expeditions throughout the year.
  • The Pfeiffer Nature Center.  Email:  "The Pfeiffer Nature Center was founded in 1998 through a bequest from Wendy Pfeiffer Lawrence. The Pfeiffer Nature Center is a non-profit, tax exempt organization with the purpose of building a foundation of knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for the intrinsic value and aesthetic qualities of our natural world."   
  • Rochester Academy of Science "The Rochester Academy of Science, Inc., is an organization which has been promoting interest in the natural sciences since 1881, with special focus on the Western New York State region." Visit their Web site for address and telephone information.
  • Rochester Civic Garden Center. "Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Genesee Region by fostering knowledge, providing information, increasing interest, and promoting all aspects of gardening and horticulture."
  • Rochester Butterfly Club. 671-8848. Belma Cerosaletti, President.
  • Rochester Gardening Web Site. The Rochester Gardening Web site has links to online and offline information on gardening in upstate New York and links to other national Web sites.
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center, School of Science & Man. 271-4320. 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
  • Rochester Orienteering Club   Learn orienteering and you will never be lost again. Stop by their Web site and learn more about the club and their outings.
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History 665-2473. 311 Curtis St., Jamestown, NY 14701-9940. "Dedicated to informing society about the natural world through the study and teaching of natural history."
  • Rochester Rock Ice & Snow Climbing Club. "Rochester has an informal group of people who climb rock, indoor walls, snow, and the occasional frozen waterfall. It's primarily a contact group where climbers and potential climbers can meet and talk about climbing and mountaineering. Some of our members travel to the great mountain ranges of North America and other parts of the world. The club usually meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM to discuss past and future outings and to view slides of members' recent trips or videos related to climbing."
  • Seayaker Outfitters. 315-524-9295, FAX 315-524-3302, E-mail 4300 Canandaigua Road, Walworth, NY 14568. "Seayaker Outfitters offers sea kayaking instruction, and eco-tour paddling adventures along the historic Erie Canal, creeks, rivers, bays and lakes of the Finger Lakes region and elsewhere. Our experienced staff is certified by the American Canoe Association as coastal kayak instructors and are licensed New York State guides."
  • Sierra Club of Rochester. 987-9282.
  • Tinker Nature Park.  1525 Calkins Road, P.O. Box 999, Henrietta, New York 14467-0999.  Phone: 585-359-7044.
  • Tifft Farm Nature Preserve. 896-5200. 1100 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14203. "A 264 acre nature preserve, including a 75 acre cattail marsh, 5 miles of nature trails and a variety of habitats. The preserve is part of the Buffalo Museum of Science."
  • Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary. Mailing address: The Nature Conservancy, Central and Western New York Chapter, Suite 201, 315 Alexander St., Rochester, NY 14604. Location of swamp: Penfield, NY on Jackson Road between Atlantic Avenue and Plank Road, Opposite Penfield Center Road. The driveway is adjacent to Penfield Volunteer Ambulance. Click here for map to Thousand Acre Swamp. The Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary is a Nature Conservancy preserve.
  • Trout Unlimited.   Contact: Andy Cooper.  "Seth Green Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been Americas leading trout and salmon conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring cold water fisheries and their watersheds.  Monthly newsletter, Fly tying, Trout fishing, Stream improvements, Stream reports, Monthly actives and much more."
  • Victor Hiking Trails, Inc. Victor Hiking Trails, Inc., 85 East Main Street, Victor, NY 14564-1397.
  • Western New York Hiking and Walking. "Website listing hiking trails, walking spots, and fun outdoor activities to do in Western New York. Includes a message forum. Hiking with children is discussed on the site." 



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