We love to give people of all ages the chance to visit our special protected places, to discover all that makes Western New York an incredible place to live, and to learn about the Land Conservancy. We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming nature walks, volunteer work days, or community events.
Unless otherwise noted, our events are free and open to everyone but space is often limited. To register, please follow the instructions below each event or contact us. Event registration will open approximately 6 weeks before each event.
NOTE: Due to the spread of the Covid-19, the Land Conservancy has put its spring and summer events on hold until public health officials deem that the unprecedented threat of the coronavirus no longer requires social distancing. But we encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy nature—safely. If you take photos, tag us on social media! Check for updates in our e-newsletter and on wnylc.org.
Spring Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10 a.m.-Noon at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport, NY
Join us on a walk through the lovely 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.
Your guide is Erin Redding, who works as an environmental scientist with Gomez and Sullivan Engineers.
Driving directions will be provided by email a few days before the walk.
Spring Wildflower Walk at the College Lodge Forest
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 1 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the College Lodge Forest, Brocton, NY
The College Lodge Forest near Fredonia is uniquely positioned on the Portage escarpment above the Lake Erie plain. It’s a cherished community gathering place, and one of the most exquisite natural areas remaining in Western New York. At least 144 species of birds, 15 species of reptiles and amphibians, 15 species of mammals, and 370 species of plants exist on the property.
Join us on a walk through the College Lodge Forest in search of spring wildflowers, including a wide variety of spring ephemerals such as blue cohosh, three species of Trillium, dwarf ginseng, goldthread, and many, many more.
Your guest guides will be our staff ecologist, Priscilla Titus, and her husband, SUNY Fredonia biologist Jonathan Titus.
Breeding Birds of the College Lodge Forest
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-1-:00 a.m. at the College Lodge Forest, Brocton, NY
To date, 144 species of birds have been recorded in the rich diversity of habitats on this property. The forest’s unique position on the Portage Escarpment above the Lake Erie plain places it in an important migration corridor, and many of the species that nest on the property are neotropical migrants. In an average year, these long-distance travelers include six species of flycatchers, a dozen species of warblers, and other neotropical beauties like Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager. Join birder Terry Mosher and his colleague Jonathan Townsend on a walk through this remarkable forest. You will listen for birdsong and (with some good luck) spot several of the property’s most interesting birds. Some late-spring wildflowers and several kinds of butterflies should round out the trip’s pleasures. If you’ve never been to the College Lodge Forest, this is a perfect opportunity to see it. REGISTRATION ON HOLD.
For thirty-six years, Dr. Terry Mosher taught environmental literature and other English courses at SUNY-Fredonia, where he loved connecting students with the natural world and great American writing about it. A Past President of the Lake Erie Bird Club, Mosher is a longtime birder and amateur naturalist.
Jonathan Townsend is a conservation biologist at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. A bat specialist, he has been working to develop a regional bat conservation initiative, which includes public education, scientific research, and habitat development for bat species in the region.
Goatscaping the Stella Niagara Preserve
Saturday, July 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-Noon at the Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston, NY
On July 11 at the Stella Niagara Preserve, the Land Conservancy will host Jen Zeitler, Let’s Goat Buffalo’s owner, for an event where you can see the goats in action and learn about the potential environmental benefits of goatscaping. Let’s Goat Buffalo is WNY’s first professional goat-grazing service, offering an alternative to chemical pesticide/herbicide use in the fight against invasive plant species. The Let’s Goat Buffalo team will be munching on invasives at the Stella Niagara Preserve from late June to early July.
Your facilitator: Jen Zeitler is entering her second year of professional goatscaping, following a 15-year career providing occupational supports within non-profit, small business and corporate environments. She believes that the success of goatscaping as an alternative land management tool will be the cumulative success of our entire community and the many partners who have worked to make this seemingly novel approach a more widely understood solution. REGISTRATION ON HOLD.
Winter Tree Walk at College Lodge
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12-2:00 pm at the College Lodge, Brocton, NY
Western New York is a magical winter wonderland. Learn how to identify our region’s trees while walking through College Lodge, an old-growth forest near Fredonia, NY. Participants will learn how to identify the trees that populate the Hemlock-Northern Hardwoods forest community, and how the ecology of that community functions over the decades and centuries. This is the second and final winter tree ID walk this year.
This walk will be led by guest guide and tree expert Erik Danielsen, a plant ecologist based in Cherry Creek, NY, with a special interest in tree morphology and forest dynamics. SOLD OUT.
Above photo credit: Erik Danielsen
Snowshoeing in the Owens Falls Sanctuary
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11-1:00 pm at the Owens Falls Sanctuary, East Aurora, NY
Have you ever snowshoed through a forest? Would you like to try? Then join us at one of our signature properties in East Aurora, the beautiful Owens Falls Sanctuary, and give it a go. This snowshoe walk will be led by Buffalo Audubon Society’s naturalist-in-residence, Mark Carra. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to participate.
On this walk, you’ll not only get to experience the thrill of walking on snowshoes through a winter forest; you’ll also learn about the flora and fauna in beautiful Western New York. SOLD OUT.
Winter Tree Walk at College Lodge
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12-2:00 pm at the College Lodge, Brocton, NY
Western New York is a magical winter wonderland. College Lodge is an old-growth forest near Fredonia, NY that the Land Conservancy is raising money to protect. Participants in this walk will learn how to identify the trees that populate the Hemlock-Northern Hardwoods forest community, and how the ecology of that community functions over the decades and centuries.
This walk will be led by guest guide and tree expert Erik Danielsen, a plant ecologist based in Cherry Creek, NY, with a special interest in tree morphology and forest dynamics.
Save Mossy Point Fundraiser at Knox Farm Mansion
The Kenneglenn Scenic & Nature Preserve in Wales is one of the Western New York Land Conservancy’s most important properties. Its deep gorge on Hunters Creek is an iconic natural wonder. Mossy Point is its other half—an expansive forest on the other side of Hunters Creek that was sold off long before the community protected Kenneglenn. The Land Conservancy has until December 31, 2019 to raise $1.6 million in order to purchase this threatened forest, create publicly accessible trails, and maintain the property for generations to come.
The community has rallied to save this special place the Buffalo News calls “awesome,” and thanks to their dedication, we have already raised nearly $1.1 million. The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of Mossy Point will host a fundraiser at the Knox Farm Mansion on Thursday, October 24th as part of our Save Mossy Point campaign. Hors d’oeuvres provided by The Deli in East Aurora. Wine donated by Arrowhead Spring Vineyards. Click here to register for this free event, or on the button below.
Templeton Landing | Buffalo
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6 to 9 PM
Thank you to everyone who made our 5th Annual Gala at Templeton Landing, overlooking Buffalo’s vibrant waterfront, such a tremendous success. The Gala featured great live music, award announcements, and an exciting live auction. Guests enjoyed an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert.
View photos from the gala at Buffalo News
Geology Walk at Kenneglenn & Mossy Point
Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve | Wales
Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 9 AM to 11 PM
Join us and learn about our region’s geology as we splash in Hunters Creek as it winds through a 100-foot tall gorge and over a small waterfall! This popular hike is a great family adventure on a warm summer day. Our guide will be Stan Radon, a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stan also teaches geology, energy, and environmental classes at SUNY Buffalo. Hunters Creek runs between our Kenneglenn Nature Preserve and the Mossy Point Forest we are currently working to protect in the Town of Wales. This hike is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.
Invasive Plants of the Niagara Gorge
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center
Thursday, August 1, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 walk up and down steep steps and on difficult terrain.
Participants will park at the aquarium and walk across the pedestrian bridge to gather at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center.
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.
Invasive Species Awareness Week – Honeysuckle Harvest
Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve | Wales
Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 9 AM to 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 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.
Spring Wildflower Walk
Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Sunday, May 4, 2019 | 12 – 2 PM
Join us for 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 many interesting woodland plants and 10 acres of restored grassland habitat.
DL&W Design Ideas Competition Open House
M&T Center, 3 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6 – 8 PM
We are holding an international design ideas competition to transform the former elevated DL&W railroad corridor running from Canalside to the Buffalo River into an inspiring new nature trail and greenway.
Nearly one hundred proposals were submitted from across the region, the country and around the world. Nature lovers, trail users, and people excited about the revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront and communities are now being encouraged to vote for their favorite design ideas. The design that receives the most votes will win the Community Choice Award! All are invited to attend this open house to see the top designs.
Winter Tree ID Walk – SOLD OUT
Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport
Saturday, March 2, 12pm to 2pm
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.
Please note, this event was originally scheduled for January 26 but due to winter weather conditions we have decided to reschedule for March 2nd.
Snowshoe & Yoga at the Stella Niagara Preserve
Saturday, February 9, 10am to 1pm, $35
Please join us at the Stella Niagara Preserve for a fun event with Spencer Jones. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a snowshoe walk on the serene paths around Stella’s wintry meadow and listen to the sounds of the mighty Niagara River as it flows along the shore.
The walk will be followed by a grounding and invigorating vinyasa yoga class inside the cozy Stella Niagara Center for Renewal. No yoga experience is required—yogis of all levels are invited to participate. Tea and snacks will be served.
Please register in advance. The registration fee is $35 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Land Conservancy. Feel free to bring a friend and a smile as we connect the wilderness outside to the wilderness within.
Buffalo Talks: Proposing a New Linear Rail Park
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 12 to 1 PM
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
In Buffalo, wildlife is reclaiming an unused rail corridor. For a mile and a half, through the First Ward, the Valley, and the Perry Neighborhood, this land connects the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside to the Buffalo River across from Solar City. For the last year, the Land Conservancy has been meeting with neighbors and community leaders to start a conversation about creating an inspiring and environmentally-friendly linear park and multi-use trail along this rail corridor. Join Alicia Fahrner, the Land Conservancy’s Communications and Development Associate for a talk about this exciting initiative.
Local Planning for Agriculture
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Erie County, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, and the Western New York Land Conservancy are co-sponsoring 2 training sessions conducted by agricultural experts. Local officials are invited to take advantage of these training sessions to help them understand how local planning and zoning relates to agriculture preservation in New York State.
The training sessions will take place at two separate locations:
- The first training session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. will be held in North Collins and led by David Phillips, President of Phillips Family Farm. This training will include a tour of the farm.
- The second training session from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will be conducted in East Aurora by Bob Somers, Manager of the Farmland Protection Unit at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Refreshments will be served at this training.
2018 Land Conservancy Gala
LaFayette Hotel | Buffalo
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6 to 9 PM
Join us at our 4th Annual Gala from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 20 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo! The Gala will feature great live music, award announcements, and an exciting live auction. Guests will enjoy an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert. Don’t miss this incredible evening…
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…
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…