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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.

 

 

 


 

Summer Camp Registration Now OPEN !

 

RUNNING WILD SUMMER CAMP!

A unique survival skills day camp program, “Runnin’ Wild” challenges kids to think beyond the everyday. Three hundred years ago, upstate New York was much wilder: no roads or tap water, no electricity or fuel, no grocery stores, pharmacies or hospitals. Could you have survived? Join this outdoor survival summer program to test your outdoor skills and find out!

Campers will master the four tenets of survival: shelter, water, fire, and food. Specific skills include: outdoor cooking and safety, fire building (with friction), survival shelter-building, wild sourcing of food and medicine, knife safety, and wildcrafting!

Based on “Leave No Trace” ethics, our activities give children the confidence to explore the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. In a “survival setting,” Running Wild campers think independently before reacting and make smart choices while being challenged. They also focus on developing life skills such as patience, respect, resiliency and teamwork.

Run in partnership with Allendale Columbia School *OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

 

Ages 8-15yrs  (A minimum of seven children required to run program each week)

Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Dates:    June 19 – 23rd   /  26th – 30th     July 10th – 14th /  17th – 21st / 24th – 28th     July 31 – August 4th

Registration Fee = $300.00/child      *some scholarships available upon request*

Click here to access registration on Allendale Columbia website

 

Forest School ages 5-7 and 8-14 FULL, ENROLLMENT CLOSED!!

 

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Earthworks Forest School is designed to teach ancient knowledge and understanding of the natural world combined with unique instruction on the time-honored techniques of wilderness living. Designed especially for young learners, this program brings your child into a world where they are free to discover and feel at home in the woods.

 

Expect your child to learn about the wonders of their environment and all its natural processes through immersion in a full sensory experience with nature. Earthworks staff encourage kids to explore  while working closely with peers to practice wilderness skills such as; shelter building, fire making, wild crafting,  wilderness safety, hiking, ecology, navigation, and leave-no-trace practices to build their connection to the great outdoors. Kids have a natural curiosity that just can’t be contained! Our curriculum combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. Our goal is to activate each child’s curiosity and love for learning while fostering personal growth, social responsibility and bonds that last a lifetime.

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Family classes for all ages 5+

 

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

 

 

 


 

Take a Look!

Earthworks Receives $34,000 for Programs and Scholarships from New York State

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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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