Upcoming Events

Would you like to get more involved with the Land Conservancy? Join us at one of our volunteer work days, speaker series events, or nature hikes. Our events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted) and offer opportunities for people of all ages to learn about our organization, to visit the special places we’ve protected, and to discover all that makes Western New York an incredible place to live.

To register, please follow the instructions below each event or contact us. Event registration will open approximately 6 weeks before each event.

Spring Wildflower Walk – SOLD OUT

Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
RESCHEDULED DUE TO TARDY FLOWERS
Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 10 AM – 12 PM

Join Ed Fuchs and Joanne Schlegel 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 that is associated with unusual plants and ecological communities. The property is home to several interesting woodland plants and 10 acres of restored grassland habitat. Ed and Joanne are long-time members and past presidents of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society.

UPDATE: The wildflowers have not popped up yet, so we have postponed this event until May 6th. All registrants will receive an email from the Land Conservancy with the updated information. Thank you for your patience!

2018 Honeysuckle Harvest

Kenneglenn Scenic & Nature Preserve | Wales
Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 9 AM – 12 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. Participants will be removing valerian and woody invasives like honeysuckle. Please bring gloves if you have them. Tools will be supplied. Lunch will be provided – please alert us to any special dietary needs when you register.

Geology Hike at the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center | Niagara Falls
Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 10 AM – 12 PM

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. Attendees should be prepared to hike up and down steep steps and on difficult terrain. This tour is a part of the Land Conservancy’s multi-year Restore the Gorge project, which will maintain and enhance the ecological diversity of the remarkable Niagara Gorge…

Native & Invasive Plant Hike in the Niagara Gorge

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center | Niagara Falls
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | 6 PM to 8 PM

The Niagara Gorge is home to the majority of the plant species found in the Niagara Frontier, many of them very rare. Unfortunately, the health of this sensitive environment can easily be harmed by many factors, especially the threat of exotic invasive plant species. To fortify the gorge and restore its health, the Land Conservancy is leading “Restore the Gorge” project, a multi-year effort that will remove invasive plant species, and replace them with native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. Join us as we explore the plant life of the Niagara Gorge with invasive species expert, Andrea Locke, who works as the coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). Attendees should be prepared to hike up and down steep steps and on difficult terrain. This tour is a part of the Land Conservancy’s multi-year Restore the Gorge project, which will maintain and enhance the ecological diversity of the remarkable Niagara Gorge…

Geology Hike at Kenneglenn

Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve | Wales
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10 AM to 12 PM

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 warm summer day. Stan is an engineering geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan also 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.

2018 Land Conservancy Gala

LaFayette Hotel | Buffalo
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6 PM to 9 PM

Save the date for the Land Conservancy’s 4th Annual Gala from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 20 at the Hotel Lafayette 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.

Photo by W.L. Scheider Photography

Past Events

Bringing Nature Downtown:
A New Life for an Old Rail Corridor

Saturn Club | 977 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
April 17, 2018 | 6 PM

Come and celebrate Goldfarb Financial’s 30th Year of Socially Responsible Investing as we present the WNY Land Conservancy.

Our Spring Money Talks will feature a discussion on reimagining the abandoned DL&W rail corridor as an Inspiring and Iconic Nature Trail and Park.

In Buffalo, wildlife is reclaiming an unused rail corridor. This land connects the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside to the Buffalo River across from Solar City.

Since the fall of 2017, the Land Conservancy has been meeting with neighbors and community leaders to start a conversation about what this rail corridor could become. One possibility is an inspiring and environmentally-friendly linear park and multi-use trail.

How will you make an impact?

DL&W Trail Open House

Larkin at Exchange
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 6 PM to 8 PM

We invite you to join us for a presentation about the DL&W Trail Project. Learn more about our early thoughts and plans, then let us know what you think…

Doug Tallamy: A Case for Native Plants

Niagara Power Vista
Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7PM-8PM

The Land Conservancy is hosting a special talk with Doug Tallamy, famed author of “Bringing Nature Home” and “The Living Landscape.” Dr. Tallamy is a Professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

About this talk: Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties, and what we need to do to make our landscapes functioning ecosystems once again.

This event is a part of the Land Conservancy’s multi-year Restore the Gorge project, which will maintain and enhance the ecological diversity of the remarkable Niagara Gorge…

Kenneglenn Scenic & Nature Preserve
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 10AM-2PM

Join Spencer Jones Yoga in a special edition of Yoga & Snowshoeing at the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve. Kenneglenn is 131 acres of gorgeous hemlock forest, gentle rolling hills, and spectacular views of Hunters Creek Gorge. Kenneglenn is adjacent to the popular Hunters Creek County Park in Wales but is only open to the public for guided tours and special events.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 2 hour hike through this undiscovered gem followed by a relaxing and invigorating 75 minute vinyasa yoga class inside the cozy, cabin-like offices of the Land Conservancy. Tea and snacks will be served after this one of a kind event.

Space is extremely limited and preregistration is required. Bring your own snowshoes, borrow a pair from a friend, or rent a pair from a number of fine outdoor businesses in the area. Bring your own yoga mat, dress in layers, drink plenty of water, and bring a smile.

Winter Tree ID Hike – SOLD OUT

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Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Saturday, February 3, 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. This hike will be led by guest guide and tree expert, Erik Danielsen.

Click here to see photos of this fun event on our Facebook page