Location: Town of Penfield, Monroe County
Size: 18 acres
Description: The Irene Gossin Nature Preserve offers a mix of habitats including wildflower meadow, wooded wetland, and young forest. These habitats provide food and shelter for wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and small mammals in an area surrounded by development. The Preserve was donated to Genesee Land Trust to honor Irene Gossin, an environmental activist, music teacher, and first female Supervisor of the Town of Penfield elected in 1971.
Trail Description: A 1/2 mile loop trail begins at the parking lot and leads visitors around a wildflower meadow and offers views of spring and summer flowers and grasses, pollinators flying around, and a variety of birds. In the future, a new trail will lead property visitors into the woods offering additional sights and sounds with potential sightings of woodpeckers, fox, and more.
Photos by Lori Coleman, Mindy MacLaren, and Genesee Land Trust staff
Driving Directions: From Rochester take Atlantic Avenue (NY-286) east into Penfield. Take a left on to Five Mile Line Road and after 0.6 mile you will arrive at 1651 Five Mile Line Rd. Look for a small gravel parking lot on the left side of the road. If the parking lot is full, we invite you to park across the street at Rothfuss Park and carefully walk across the road to access the preserve.
Approximate Address of Parking: 1651 Five Mile Line Rd, Penfield, NY 14526
GPS coordinates: 43.16194444, -77.47555556