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Fri 20 May
Fire on the Genesee
Friday, May 20, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
This Civil War Encampment in the Highbanks Recreation Area will have living history and battle re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and civilian participants. Friday, May 20 is Education Day 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and is open to local schools. Saturday, 7:00 pm, Blue & Gray Dance at the Highbanks Recreation Area. Contact Tim Buckman at (585) 507-6847.
Sat 21 May
Sehgahunda (Vail of Three Falls) Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 21, 2022 until Sunday, May 22, 2022
Letchworth State Park
This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday. Registration required; go to: www. yellowjacketracing.com for details or other questions contact: Eean Smith at eean@yellowjacketracing. com, (585) 732-1090.
Sat 21 May
Spring Walks-Highbanks Trail (Mt. Morris Canyon)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 21 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Mon 23 May
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, May 23, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Wed 25 May
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Thu 26 May
Warbler Walks: Common Species
Thursday, May 26, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Fri 27 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 27, 2022 until Monday, May 30, 2022
Letchworth State Park
Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am. Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons)
Sat 28 May
Spring Walks-St. Helena Trail (near “Certain High Rocks”)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 28 May
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, May 28, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Mon 30 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.
Mon 30 May
How the Gorge was Formed-Story of the Park
Monday, May 30, 2022 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Follow short, paved, handicapped-accessible walkways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.
Mon 30 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 30, 2022 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen Iris Estate, and view State and National Champions!
Wed 01 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Wed 01 Jun
Home Ecologist: Hidden Relationships of Trees and Mushrooms.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except as noted (12+). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 02 Jun
Warbler Walks: Uncommon Species
Thursday, June 2, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Thu 02 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Sat 04 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 4, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sun 05 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 5, 2022 05:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
Carpool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.
Mon 06 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 6, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Tue 07 Jun
Warbler Walks: Rare Species
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Meet at 7:00 am, weekdays (2½ - 3 hours, one mile or more). With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park's nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars recommended. May caravan. Also see Nature Up Close on May 9th.
Wed 08 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Griffith Road to Pennycook Road
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Thu 09 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Thursday, June 9, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Thu 09 Jun
Home Ecologist: Hidden Relationships of Trees and Mushrooms (12+)
Thursday, June 9, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except as noted (12+). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Sat 11 Jun
Spring Walks-Lee’s Landing Trail (visiting the river)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Weekends at 10:00 am, bring a lunch. (3 hours, 1 - 2 miles).General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way. Separate walks on the following trails. May caravan.
Sat 11 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sun 12 Jun
Butterfly Beauties
Sunday, June 12, 2022 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species, as well as those found in the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, are specially noted. Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 8th. (Look for details in the upcoming summer issue of The Genesee Naturalist.)
Tue 14 Jun
Home Ecologist: Hidden Relationships of Trees and Mushrooms
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 01:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except as noted (12+). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Wed 15 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Thu 16 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Thursday, June 16, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Sat 18 Jun
The Many on the Genny –40-mile Ultra Marathon
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Letchworth State Park
This challenging course follows trails and roads around the river on west and east sides of Letchworth State Park from and back to the Mount Morris Dam. Registration required; for details contact: Eric Eagan (585) 703-1158
Sat 18 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 18, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Mon 20 Jun
Knee-high Naturalist Program by Volunteer Annie
Monday, June 20, 2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
The Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3 – 6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling (585) 493-3680.
Tue 21 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Wed 22 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Sat 25 Jun
Springtime Walks (The search for birds, buds, or bugs)
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

Join us as we discover what's growing, singing, crawling, emerging, or changing in our springtime woods and fields in the nearby haunts of the HNC. Meets every Saturday, generally at 1:00pm (1-2 hours) except as noted on the calendar.

Sun 26 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Fireflies by the River
Sunday, June 26, 2022 07:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
Evenings (2 hours, 1 mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.
Tue 28 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Wed 29 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.