We offer monthly programs to the general public as well as seasonal Ecology Day Camps for children usually conducted in the field at locations throughout Western New York.

See the schedule below for current programming.

COVID protocol in place. Masks must be worn at all times by participants and parents who are not vaccinated when social distancing is not an option.

Living Naturally Series

Survival Shelters 101

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Buffalo Ski Center, Colden

A key part of surviving outdoors is having shelter to keep you warm and dry. In this program participants will learn why having a shelter is vital in these situations and how to build various styles of personal shelters using fallen debris and natural materials. This will be a hands on event and will require a bit of physical stamina. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.


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Fishing Basics

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Harwood Lake, Franklinville

Join Earth Spirit Director Sandy Geffner as he discusses and demonstrates the various techniques and tools used when spinning reel fishing. This program will be taking place on NYS Free Fishing Day meaning that licenses are not required for this event. This program will highlight both catch-and-release and sustenance fishing and may include a demonstration of how to clean a fish properly for consumption. Please bring your own fishing poles for this event. Bait and lures will be provided.

This program is being funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Please register by filling out the form below and pressing the submit button.



Nature’s Gifts – Wild Foods and Medicine

Saturday, October 9, 2021
JP Nicely Aurora Town Park, West Falls

Join Earth Spirit Director Sandy Geffner on a gentle walk in search of plants that can provide wild foods and medicines. Learn how to correctly identify, give thanks, and sustainably harvest these gifts. This will be a program geared toward participants ages 12 and up.


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Ecology Day Camps

Ecology Camps listed below are run through the Recreation Department listed. Please follow the link for registration.

April 11-15 – Spring Break Ecology Camp (8-13yo) | Hamburg Recreation Department (registration not yet open)