Upcoming Events

Take a look at the Western New York Land Conservancy events calendar to learn about our upcoming speaker series, nature hikes, and more. The nature hikes are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. To register for these events, please follow the instructions below each event or contact us.

Winter Tree ID Hike

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Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Saturday, January 6, 2018 | 10AM-12PM

Bundle up and join us for a unique winter walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport and learn how to identify some of our region’s trees in the wintertime.

Past Events

Project Unveiling: Restore the Gorge

Niagara Falls Library
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 7-8PM

We are starting a three-year restoration project in the Niagara Gorge. This project will enhance the Niagara Gorge with beautiful native plants for our wildlife and the Niagara Falls community. This project unveiling will include short presentations by our staff and project consultants with details on project locations, goals, timeline, process and strategy, and renderings of proposed landscapes.

Volunteer Training Day – How to Close Unwanted Trails

Owens Falls Sanctuary, Town of Aurora
Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 9AM – 12PM

The Western New York Land Conservancy is starting work on our new trail system at the Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. We will be closing unofficial trails that lead to neighboring properties and areas damaged by misuse. Staff from our talented consultant, Tahawus Trails, will be training volunteers on the right way to close these old trails. Volunteers will get to put their knowledge into practice. Please bring bring a rake or shovel and gloves, if possible. This event offers a sneak peek at the Owens Falls Sanctuary before we open it to the public.

Geology Hike

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Saturday, October 14 | 10AM-12PM

UPDATE: This hike was originally scheduled for 9/9 but was rescheduled due to weather. The new date for this event is 10/14. 

Led by Stan Radon, this hike features a walk right through Hunters Creek, views of the gorge walls, and a small waterfall at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. This beloved hike is so much fun that we decided to hold another one in September! It’s a great family-friendly adventure! Stan is an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo. This hike is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Fall Farm Tour at Maybe Someday Farm – Cancelled

Maybe Someday Farm, Marilla
Sun., October 15, 2017 | 2PM–4PM

Join us for a family-friendly Fall Farm Tour of Marilla’s Maybe Someday Farm led by farm owner, Lee Dobbins.

Maybe Someday Farm is a fun and wonderful place to visit with their friendly pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, and more! They also have a farm store where you can purchase a wide variety of meat, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, and pumpkins. This farm was protected in 2002 thanks to a partnership between the Land Conservancy and the Town of Marilla. Together, we permanently protected the 64-acre farm on the banks of Little Buffalo Creek. While event registration is free, on the day of the hike, we suggest a donation of $5 per person to the Maybe Someday Farm to support their work. Tour attendees should wear appropriate footwear such as boots or other shoes that can handle a little dirt/mud.

An Evening with Sally Cunningham

Niagara Falls Library
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7-8 PM

Join us for an evening with “Plant Lady” Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, Master Gardener, horticulturist, lecturer, and writer. Sally will share how you can use beautiful native plants in your yard, just as we are doing in the Niagara Gorge. This event is a part of our multi-year Restore the Gorge project, which will maintain and enhance the ecological diversity of the remarkable Niagara Gorge…

2017 Land Conservancy Gala

Golden Ballroom, Statler City, Buffalo
Tuesday, September 26 | 6-9 PM

This year’s gala will be held in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo! The Gala will feature live music, awards, and a live auction. It will also include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert. Visit the gala page for details…

Thank you to all who made our 2017 Gala a wonderful success! To view photos from the event, please visit our facebook page.

History Walk at Stella Niagara Preserve

Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston
Thurs., September 21, 2017 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join Karen Noonan, co-author of “From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River: Stories of Four Historic Communities”, on a History Walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve. Come learn all about the region’s history including stories from the war of 1812, the Sisters of St. Francis, the Tuscarora, and more. Registration fee $25. All proceeds will benefit the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Owens Falls Public Meeting

East Aurora Senior Center | 101 King Street
Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 6:30PM-8PM

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join us for a meeting about the Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. Come learn about our proposed walking trail system and let us know what you think!

Owens Falls Nature Walk

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 6PM–8PM

Join us on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary, in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. Its beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. A magical place with so much to discover.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Tour: Owens Falls Sanctuary

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Saturday, August 19, 2017 |11 am–1 pm

Join Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Land Conservancy on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. It’s beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region.

Owens Falls Nature Walk – Sold out!

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 6PM–8PM

Join us on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary, in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. Its beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. A magical place with so much to discover.

August Geology Hike – Sold out!

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Sat., August 12, 2017 | 10AM-12PM

Led by Stan Radon, this hike features a walk right through Hunters Creek, views of the gorge walls, and a small waterfall at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. This popular hike is a great family adventure on a hot August day. Stan is an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo. This hike is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

August Owens Falls Nature Walk – Sold Out!

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 6-8 PM

Join the Land Conservancy on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. It’s beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. A magical place with so much to discover…

2017 Honeysuckle Harvest

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Thurs., July 13, 2017 | 10 AM – 1 PM

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove invasives from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales.

July Owens Falls Nature Walk – Cancelled due to weather

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 6-8 PM

Join the Land Conservancy on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. It’s beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region. A magical place with so much to discover…

Geology Hike at the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 10AM-12PM

Join us as we explore the geology of the Niagara Gorge where the rocks are more than 460 million years old! This hike will be led by geologist Stan Radon, an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo. This promises to be a fascinating hike along the cliffs and slopes of the Niagara Gorge.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Tour: Owens Falls Sanctuary

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Saturday, June 17, 2017 |11 am–1 pm

Join Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Land Conservancy on a guided nature walk at our newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. This 57-acre property features a cool tranquil stream that splashes over two magnificent waterfalls. It’s beech and hemlock forests, seasonal woodland pools, and wetlands provide a haven for rare wildlife and improve water quality throughout our region.

Meibohm’s Native Plant Garden Makeover

Meibohm Fine Arts | East Aurora
Friday, June 16, 2017

We are working with East Aurora’s Meibohm Fine Arts to incorporate native plants into their existing landscaping and we want your help with this native plant garden makeover! The event will begin with a presentation by Buffalo’s own “Plant Lady” Sally Cunningham about the importance of native plants. Did you miss the makeover? Catch the highlights here!

Birdwatching Hike at Stella

Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 8:30-10:30AM

Hike host, Dave Spiering will lead the search for year-round resident birds and late migrants at the Stella Niagara Preserve property along the Niagara River in Lewiston. The Niagara River is considered a globally Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades. The 29-acre property has forests, a large meadow, and a quarter-mile of shoreline, all contributing to high bird diversity. Birders of all levels, from beginner to expert, are encouraged to attend. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

TAKE BACK THE HILL: A Garlic Mustard Quest

Wednesday, May 10, 17, 24 | 4-6pm

Invasive garlic mustard is threatening native wildflowers and salamanders on a forested hill at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve. Our Executive Director, Nancy is determined not to let this happen. Don’t let her do it alone!

Come help Nancy hand-pull garlic mustard (It’s not hard — kids can help!) at the Kenneglenn Preserve in Wales. Rain or shine. Bags and gloves provided. It’s best to wear boots, as the preserve is a bit muddy this time of year. Feel free to come one day or come to them all. Stand with Nancy as she TAKES BACK THE HILL!

Birdwatching Hike at the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 8-10AM

Join Buffalo Audubon Society Naturalist Tom Kerr for a birdwatching hike in the Niagara Gorge. The Niagara River is famous for its gulls and other migrating birds and is a globally significant Important Bird Area, a designation shared with Yellowstone and the Everglades! Birders of all levels, from beginner to expert, are encouraged to attend, but the trails are very steep. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Spring Wildflower Walk

Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 10AM-12PM & 2-4PM

Join Erin Redding and Ed Fuchs on a walk through the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport in search of spring wildflowers. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, this 36-acre property is part of the unique geological formation and home to woodland plants that are found at few other places in such high diversity and numbers. Ed is a long-time member and past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, and Erin is an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers. Check out photos from this hike on our Facebook page!

A Big Night for Salamanders

Grand Island Town Hall
Thursday, February 23 | 7-8PM

The Western New York Land Conservancy welcomes the public to attend a presentation about salamanders by Twan Leenders, expert herpetologist and president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Come learn about salamander migrations and breeding and how you can help them…

Winter Tree ID Hike

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Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Saturday, January 7th | 2-4PM

Bundle up and join us for a unique winter walk at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport and learn how to identify some of our region’s trees in the wintertime. This free hike will be guided by Erin Redding, an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers. Check out photos from this event on our Facebook page