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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 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.

 

 

 


 

Now offering programs for little ones!

 

Home School classes for Ages 5-7 and 8-14

Family classes for all ages 3+

 

Sensory Walk / A Bug’s Eye View / Weird Nature / Getting Ready/ Changes All Around Us

 

 

 


 

Upcoming Programs

     
Intro to Wilderness Survival

Intro to Wilderness Survival


September 14th     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 the elements at bay, 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 dress for the weather with rugged cloths (maybe a bring a layer or two), wear your boots/close-toes...

Friction Fire

Friction Fire


September 15th     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 a few challenges to up the excitement factor...

Friction Fire EXTENDED

Friction Fire EXTENDED


September 18th     10:00 am - 1:00 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 Receives $34,000 for Programs and Scholarships from New York State

Earthworks Press Conference

ROCHESTER, NY— August 2016 — Earthworks has received contributions from Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, and Senator Joseph Robach in support of their school programs and community youth programs. A portion of the funds went directly to scholarships for Center for Youth students to attend Earthwork’s week-long summer camp. The remainder of the funds will go to support Earthworks’ ongoing youth programs. Earthworks wants to thank these gentleman for the support of their mission to impact the lives of Rochester’s youth.

 



Earthworks Film Chosen for Fast Forward Film Festival

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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.

 


 

Congratulations to All of Our Amazing Graduate of

 Our Inaugural Students, Science and Civic Engagement Program (Spring 2016)

 

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Students from Rochester’s East High School and World of Inquiry School bring a whole new meaning to student research at SUNY ESF’s Environmental Summit

 

 

ROCHESTER, NY—June 17, 2016 — Students at East High and World of Inquiry had amazing success with  Earthworks SSCE program and their research projects which, they presented at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)  on Thursday  June 2nd.  Along with over a hundred of their peers from four other schools in New York, our students gave presentations to a body of professors, mentors, teachers and parents, discussing the scientific method and the importance for research  topics such as pollution in the Genesee River, Correlations between Green Spaces and Reduction in Crime and how educational initiatives can Reduce Littering or Unsustainable Public Use of Old Growth Forests.  In addition to receiving four college credits for passing the course, students received recruitment interests from SUNY Brockport, SUNY ESF and the Rochester Institute of Technology.   We are VERY proud of their work and want to make sure the world knows how talented Rochester City School Students truly are!

 


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