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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

 

Student day program

 

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

 

We now have weekly kids summer program opportunities available!

 


 

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

     
Intro to Wilderness Survival

Intro to Wilderness Survival


June 27th     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 cool, rugged cloths, wear your boots and bring water to keep you hydrated.

Intro to Friction Fire

Intro to Friction Fire


July 6th     5:30 pm - 7:30 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...

Primitive Tools and Crafts (Extended)

Primitive Tools and Crafts (Extended)


July 10th     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...


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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!

 


 

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

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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.


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