We offer seasonal programs to the general public usually conducted in the field at locations throughout Western New York.

Public Programs

Winter Wildlife Survey

Saturday, February 17, 2024
WM Nature Preserve, Chaffee

Spend a winter day at a beautiful preserve on the prowl for wildlife and their sign, while on snowshoes! Join an Earth Spirit Naturalist as we compile wildlife data as a part of an ongoing wildlife survey of the preserve. Please dress for the weather, as this program will proceed rain or shine. In lieu of adequate snow, this survey will be done via hiking.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Training

Friday, March 8, 2024
The Park School of Buffalo & Whispering Pines Camp, Franklinville

Online: Feb. 20-March 19; In-person: March 8,9 & 20-24. Must attend all for certification.

This is an advanced emergency medical training focused on medical care in remote/delayed EMS settings and will focus on patient assessment, medical and environmental emergencies, backcountry rescue methods, and more. The training will consist of a total of 80 hrs of instruction designed to be a hybrid of in-person, scenario-based training and online learning. The course will provide a certification from the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and will be valid for three years. Participants will also receive American Heart Association Basic Life Support/CPR/AED certification valid for two years. In order to complete this training, you must have a current Wilderness First Aid certification, or be a registered EMT, paramedic, or physician. If are unsure whether you meet the pre-requisite criteria or have specific questions about the training, please contact Russ Crispell at crispell@buffalo.edu.

There is a discount for Earth Spirit members! 


Maple Sugaring – Past & Present

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Taylor Road Family Recreation Facility, Hamburg

Come on a journey through time learning about how people have gathered and boiled maple sap throughout history. This will be an interactive program fit for all ages that takes place in a mature hardwood forest loaded with sugar maple trees. We will also be serving pancakes and fruit as a part of the event! Celebrate the coming of Spring with Earth Spirit as we enjoy the sweet gifts of the season and give thanks to those who provide it for us.

Note: Registration is limited. This is not an open-house event. The program begins at 10:00.


Spring Birding!

Saturday, April 6, 2024
Beaver Island State Park Marina

Join Earth Spirit staff on this Spring birding program at Beaver Island State Park. Search for nesting herons, waterfowl, raptors, and more! During this time of the year, birding at Beaver Island State Park is quite eventful. Wading birds, Bald Eagles, and Osprey are nesting, while more and more birds return to their Western New York breeding grounds. This is a great opportunity to observe nesting behavior of multiple species, as well as waterfowl and other birds along the river.


Nature is Art: Silent Auction & Dinner Fundraiser

Saturday, April 13, 2024
The Park School of Buffalo - Dining Hall

The Nature is Art: Silent Art Auction and Dinner Fundraiser will feature works of various media from 20+ mostly local artists, live art demonstrations, live music, a delicious meal, signature mocktails, and more!

This event supports Earth Spirit Educational Services‘ environmental education programming. Since 1980, Earth Spirit has been offering educational programming throughout the Western NY area as a way to connect individuals to the nature world in healthy ways. Thousands of students each year participate in this programming and benefit from such a connection. As a 501c3 not-for-profit, Earth Spirit relies on donations, memberships, and fundraising events as ways to support this work.

Earth Spirit members can begin purchasing tickets on Feb. 16th. Current members, please check your email for more information on this. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Feb. 23. Check back for a link here!