Free family-friendly out of doors actions and nature exploration occasions coming quickly


The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association (CLWA) and Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) are pleased to announce a new joint program providing outdoor learning experiences for families that encourage responsibility and appreciation of our local lands and waters.

The Every Family Outside program begins Saturday, June 4th with a series of family-friendly events throughout the spring, summer and fall, bringing outdoor recreation to people of all ages and connecting and learning through environmental experiences to inspire.

Activities and events will highlight the vast outdoor recreation offerings at several wildlife sanctuaries, parks and educational centers throughout the Finger Lakes region, including the Bare Hill Unique Area on the east side of Canandaigua Lake, Kershaw Park along the north shore of Canandaigua Lake and the Muller Field Station at the southern end of Honeoye Lake. Each event includes a lesson or activity led by an experienced environmental educator.

“Public access and accessibility to our local lakes and watersheds is critical to creating an enduring connection to our environment,” said Lindsay McMillan, director of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association. “By offering this amazing series of events in partnership with Finger Lakes Land Trust, we hope to inspire and empower the next generation to become stewards of their watersheds through their daily actions.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our partnership with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association,” said Andrew Zepp, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Land Trust. “Education is an important part of both organizations’ conservation efforts, and we work more effectively together.”

Every Every Family Outside event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for each event. Visit here to register and follow the CLWA Facebook page for further information in the run-up to the events.

Students participate in a wetland science walk as part of the Lake Canandaigua watershed Educational program in Naples, NY.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) is a non-profit conservation organization working to forever preserve the land and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic views, clean water, local food and wild places for all. They have protected over 28,000 acres throughout the region, including nearly 2,000 acres within the Lake Canandaigua watershed. The FLLT invites you to explore over 40 public nature reserves, including the Canandaigua Vista Nature Preserve and the East Shore Preserve at Bare Hill, that are free and open to all.

The mission of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association (CLWA) is to inspire the entire watershed community to become stewards of Lake Canandaigua through education, scientific research and advocacy for sound public policy. Through the involvement of all stakeholders, CLWA strives to preserve, protect and restore the lake and its watershed for present and future generations. They run a K-12 Watershed Education Program in the school districts of Naples, Canandaigua and Marcus Whitman.

Visit online HERE to register.

Channel Paddle and Aquatic Insect Discovery at Muller Field Station
Experience the wonders of the swamp by participating in a canoe paddling tour, aquatic insect sampling, or an educational walk along the bay.
When: Saturday, June 4thth 2022 at 10:00 am
Where: Muller Field Station – 6455 County Road 36 in Honeoye, NY 14471 (Finger Lakes Community College Field Station)

Learn to SUP (stand up paddleboard) at Kershaw Park
Take a SUP Paddleboard lesson provided by a Canandaigua Sailboard instructor, then use your newfound skills to surf the waves of Lake Canandaigua’s beautiful north shore.
When: Saturday 16 Julyth 2022 at 11:00 or 13:00
Where: Kershaw Park – North end of Canandaigua Lake, 155 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua, NY 14424

Storytellers circle and hike with Ganondagan at Bare Hill
Discover the legend of Bare Hill and other important aspects of Hodinohso:ni life through stories narrated by a Native American interpreter from the Ganondagan Seneca Art & Cultural Center and stay at Finger Lakes Land Trust for a hike.
When: Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m
Where: Bare Hill Unique Area – 5950 Van Epps Road in Rushville, NY 14544

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