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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.

Summer Camps

 

We have other summer outdoor adventures in the works, so check back often!

 

Student day program
 

Week 1: July 25th-29th
Week 2: August 1st-5th

 
 

Stay tuned for more kids summer program opportunities!

 


 

Who We Are

 

Earthworks staff 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 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.

 

 

 


Upcoming Programs

     
Primitive Tools and Crafts (Extended)

Primitive Tools and Crafts (Extended)


June 5th     11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This workshop is about using all the gifts nature has to offer to get creative with survival. We offer the basics of working with animal hides, creating stone tools and, learning how to use plants for baskets, rope and utensils. Whichever skills you choose, you will also be surprised to discover the versatility of fire for more than just keeping warm! Using ancient stories, knowledge and harvest methods passed down through hundreds of generations, we offer a unique leisure...

Intro to Wilderness Survival for Teens and Adults

Intro to Wilderness Survival for Teens and Adults


June 8th     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Take it outside with a wilderness survival workshop. This class covers the basic survival sequence: shelter, fire, water, food including concepts of how to keep warm in the cold and snow, where to look for food and finding your way home. Expect a few challenges to up the excitement factor because this class will take place entirely outdoors. Remember to bring warm, rugged cloths, wear your boots and hats and bring water/snacks to keep you...

Friction Fire

Friction Fire


June 16th     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn ancient friction fire methods used by humans for tens of thousands of years. This class will teach you all of the basic knowledge of carving and fire building necessary to make a fire with you bare hands. We will use time honored techniques and materials collected from the natural world to create warmth, purify water and maybe even sample some wild edibles! Methods taught in the class will include Bow-drill and 2-person drill. Expect...


Take a Look!

Earthworks Film Chosen for Fast Forward Film Festival

 
Fast Forward Logo

 

ROCHESTER, NY– April 1st, 2016– A film detailing the ways that Earthworks inspires through nature education in the Rochester community was chosen to be shown in this year’s Fast Forward Film Festival. Screenings were held Thursday, April 21st at 7pm at The Little Theatre and Saturday, April 23rd at 6pm at the George Eastman Museum. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Fast Forward Film Festival website.

 


Earthworks Institute Receives $40,000 for STEM Education & Scholarship Programs

 

Two Foundations Fund Earthworks Major Education Initiative to Enhance College and Career Readiness in Rochester City Schools

 

SBITEM

 

ROCHESTER, NY—October 7th, 2015 — As Earthworks Institute approaches its one-year anniversary as a not-for-profit organization, officials announce today is has received its first major grants with a $30,000 in support from the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation  and $10,000 from the John F. Wegman Fund.

 


 

THANK YOU LORI’S!

Local Grocer Awards Earthworks Institute $3,200 in Donations from Annual Harvest Festival

Lori's 2014

ROCHESTER, NY—October 12, 2015 —Lori’s Natural Foods selected Earthworks Institute as the recipient of proceeds raised during the local grocer’s annual Harvest Festival, held on September 26, 2015. Earthworks is grateful to have the support of such an iconic establishment in Rochester. It was a wonderful experience to be welcomed into the community and recognized for the work we do.


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