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Free family-friendly outdoor activities and nature exploration events coming soon

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 promote stewardship and appreciation of our local lands and waters.

The “Every Family Outside” program begins on Saturday, June 4, with a series of family-friendly events continuing throughout the spring, summer and fall, making outdoor recreation obtainable for people of all ages and inspiring connection and learning through environmental experiences.

Activities and events will highlight the vast outdoor recreational offerings at several area preserves, parks and educational centers across the Finger Lakes region, including 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 south end of Honeoye Lake. Each event will feature a lesson or activity guided by an experienced environmental educator.

“Public access and accessibility to our local lakes and watershed areas is critical to help build a long-lasting connection to our environment,” said Lindsay McMillan, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association Direction. “By offering this great series of events in partnership with the 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 delighted to have the opportunity to expand our partnership with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association,” said Finger Lakes Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “Education is an important part of both organizations’ conservation efforts, and we are more effective working together.”

Each “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 more information leading up to the events.

Students participate in a wetland science walk as part of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Education Program in Naples, NY. 

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) is a nonprofit conservation organization working to conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic vistas, clean water, local foods, and wild places for everyone. They have protected over 28,000 acres across the region, including nearly 2,000 acres within the Canandaigua Lake watershed. The FLLT invites you to explore over 40 public nature preserves, including Canandaigua Vista Nature Preserve and East Shore Preserve at Bare Hill, which are free and open for everyone. 

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

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 paddle, aquatic insect sampling, or an educational walk along the inlet. 
When: Saturday, June 4th 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
Participate in a SUP paddleboard lesson provided by a Canandaigua Sailboard instructor then use your new-found skills to roam the waves of the beautiful north shore of Canandaigua Lake.
When:  Saturday, July 16th 2022 at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm
Where: Kershaw Park – North End of Canandaigua Lake at 155 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua, NY 14424

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