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.

 Geology Hike at the Niagara Gorge – Sold out!

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 and Daemen College. This promises to be a fascinating hike along the cliffs and slopes of the Niagara Gorge. The trails can be steep.

Owens Falls Nature Walk – Sold out!

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…

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. Lunch will be provided.

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 and Daemen College. This hike is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Tour: Owens Falls Sanctuary

The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Aurora
Sat., 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.

Click here to register at PreservationBuffaloNiagara.org

September Geology Hike – Sold out!

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales
Sat., September 9, 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 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 and Daemen College. This hike is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

2017 Land Conservancy Gala

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. Check back soon for more details…

 

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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 | 4-6pm
Wednesday, May 17 | 4-6pm
Wednesday, May 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

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

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

Saturday, January 7th | 2-4PM

wintertreeidBundle 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