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Making Connections to Nature

More and more, children and families are cut off from day-to-day experiences with the natural world. Busy lives, increased screen time, and urban lifestyles all limit the opportunity to connect with nature and experience its benefits.

Genesee Land Trust is dedicated to finding ways to link all communities in the greater Rochester area to nature, by preserving open lands, advocating for trails in the City to provide ribbons of green in neighborhoods, and creating educational programs and experiences connected to nature.

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Landscaper Apprentice Program

A summer program Genesee Land Trust started in 2012 has introduced dozens of urban youth to outdoor careers and experiences through the City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity Program for 14-15 year olds. A first summer job for many, the youth have opportunities to interact with practitioners in a variety of fields, gain leadership skills, and become significant members of the El Camino community.

 
 
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Conkey Corner Park Events and Programs

Conkey Corner Park in Northeast Rochester is the center of community activities throughout the year. In the summer, children of all ages gather each day for Conkey Corner Play. Senior citizens from Buena Vista are part of walking groups who exercise on the trail. In the fall a Harvest Festival brings the spirit of the season with outdoor fun.

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The Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino

In 2017, Mayor Lovely Warren rededicated El Camino as The Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino to honor Genesee Land Trust board member and former Monroe County Executive, Tom Frey and his long-time commitment to the transformation of an abandoned railroad and its neighborhood. The annual 5K Walk @ El Camino on National Trails Day celebrates the El Camino neighborhood. El Camino, part of the City’s park system, connects to the Riverway Trail and Seneca Park and has the potential to cross to the west side and into High Falls via the Running Track Bridge.

 
 
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School 22 Field Trips

Since 2011 Genesee Land Trust has been connecting third-grade students from Rochester City School 22 to the natural, agricultural, and historic values of Alasa Farms on Sodus Bay. Alasa Farms is a 627-acre property protected forever by Genesee Land Trust and is owned by Cracker Box Palace, a non-profit farm-animal rescue.