Winter Adventures Series


Get Out, Be Active, Discover Nature, and Take a Breath of Fresh Air!


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Enjoy the great outdoors. Have a blast at the Lakeside Winter Celebration! Trade your boots in for snowshoes! Enter a winter photo contest! Have fun, get in shape or just make some new friends along the way. The 2014-15 Winter Adventures program, is brought to you by the Bureau of Recreation, and MVP Healthcare.

Saturday Garden Talks

Improve your gardening knowledge this winter. Talks take place at various Rochester Public Libraries around the city. The following talks are held on Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

January 10
Gardening in a Warmer World: Climate Change and Your Garden.
Monroe Library, 809 Monroe Avenue.

February 21
Do-It-Yourself Container Gardens for Your Outdoor Garden.
Lyell Library, 956 Lyell Avenue.

February 28
Getting Started in the Garden.
Phyllis Wheatley Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way.

Snowshoe Events & Winter Fun
We’ll provide the snowshoes and (hopefully) nature will provide the snow. Learn the basics and enjoy a new winter activity. Even if there isn’t snow, we will go for a hike and play games. Look for the Rec on the Move truck at many of these activities.
Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

January 10
Campbell Street R-Center, 524 Campbell St.

January 31
Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D.

February 21
Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint St.

February 28
South Avenue R-Center, 999 South Ave.

Weekend Park Hikes

Explore all the outdoors has to offer. Bring your family and friends for a wonderful winter hike. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

10 a.m., Sunday, January 11
El Camino Trail, meet at Conkey Corner Park (corner of Clifford and Conkey)

10 a.m., Saturday, January 17
Washington Grove/Cobbs Hill Park (meet at the top of Reservoir Road).

10 a.m., Sunday, February 1
Seneca Park, meet at the Seneca Zoo Parking Lot (off of St. Paul Street).

1 p.m., Saturday, February 7
Turning Point Park, meet at Ferry Terminal Building.

Snow Cheap Trail Race SerieslakeRiley

A fun filled winter trail series held Wednesday Nights from December through February in Cobb’s Hill Park. Everything you loved about the Dirt Cheap Series now for the winter. Low price, crazy fun, great vibe, and tons of value. Meet at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobb’s Hill Park, Norris Dr. & Culver Rd. Preregistration required no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the race. Races will be held snow or no snow. Headlamps are required for all races. Post-race party, door prizes and fun!
Wednesdays: Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, and March 4.
Registration: 6:45 p.m. Races Start: 7:15 p.m.
Prices: One Race- $12.00; $65 if registering from 12/18 - 1/21. For more details and to register, please visit

Winter In Washington Grove

Winter is tough if you live outdoors. How do plants and animals survive it? They have a lot of neat strategies. Naturalist Peter Debes of the Friends of Washington Grove will lead you on a scavenger hunt for signs of life and secrets of survival in the woods. If we’re good observers, we will spot a few creatures in this old-growth forest at Cobb’s Hill Park. Adults and children 8 and older. Meet at the top of the Reservoir Road, Cobb’s Hill Park by the pine trees. Dress for the weather. Binoculars useful. Hand warmers will be available. Cancelled if there are high winds. 10 - 11 a.m., Saturday, January 17.
Passport to Family Wellness
Next time you are at Wegmans, look for the “Passport to Family Wellness” brochure. Inside the brochure you will find information about trails in the region.

Snowshoe Rentals

snowshoesSnowshoeing is a great family friendly activity! Adult and youth snowshoes available for rent through the City’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services at 400 Dewey Avenue.

Rates: $10 per weekend/per person. Rent 2 pairs get the third free of charge. For more information or to reserve snowshoes call: 428-8820.

Ice Skating

Genesee Valley Ice Arena
The GVP Sports Complex, located at 131 Elmwood Avenue, hosts a newly renovated ice arena perfect for all ages. The arena is available for open skating as well as sports programs including a youth hockey club, adult ice hockey leagues and speed skating. Book your next skating party too. The arena remains open until April 4, 2015. Adults interested in leagues should call 428-7888.

2014-15 Ice Arena Schedule:
Open Skate
Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:15p.m.
Saturday, 5:00-6:15p.m.
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Adult Skate (Ages 18+)
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. (except during school recesses)
Sunday, 9:45-11 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ice Skating Rink
This ice skating rink, located at 353 Court Street, in the heart of downtown is the perfect place for a family outing. Skaters will enjoy a warming shelter with heated floor and fireplace. The rink is also available for rent. The skating season runs through March 14, 2015 (weather permitting).

2014-15 Rink Schedule:
Open Skate
Monday-Friday: 12-1:30 p.m., 3:40-5:10 p.m., 5:30-7:00 p.m. & 7:20-8:50 p.m. (On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, rink rentals may preclude open skate in this time slot.)
Saturday: Noon-1:30 p.m., 1:50-3:20 p.m., 3:40-5:10 p.m., 7:20-8:50 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-1:30 p.m., 1:50-3:20 p.m., 3:40-5:10 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.

Adult Skate (Ages 18+)
Monday-Friday, 1:50-3:20 p.m. (except during school recesses)