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City of Rochester

Flower City Looking Good--History and Nature Walks

  

Rochester is full of history and nature! Join us for a guided walk to/through some of our city's gems, or for a talk focused on the city's natural and built environments.

Download this year's full Flower City Looking Good brochure (PDF)

Family Walks in Washington Grove  washington-grive-signage

Nestled behind the reservoir atop Cobb’s Hill is a beautiful grove of giant old oaks, named Washington Grove after our first President. A dedicated coalition of people and neighborhood groups is collaborating with The Friends of Washington Grove and the City to restore and protect the Grove.

Meet on the east side of the reservoir where street parking begins on the one-way circle around the reservoir. (585) 234-1056 for more information. map  

  • May 3, 8 to 9:30 a.m.:Birding with Washington Grove: Washington Grove is a way-station for migratory birds and year-round home to many others. On good days, the mix of species can be amazing and the chorus of songs thrilling. If you are experienced, or new to birding, join veteran birder Pat Martin to spot and identify some of these beautiful creatures and thrill to their spring songs. Adults and children 10 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Binoculars recommended.
  • June 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Washington Grove: Geology, Ecology and Restoration: Learn about Washington Grove’s old growth forest, its underlying geology and the restoration projects maintaining its majestic appearance.
  • August 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Fun with Fungi: They may make your feet itch, rot your house, and make food taste awful, but fungi are amazing helpers that are essential to the ecosystem. Learn
    about many different species in Washington Grove. (Please Note: this walk will be postponed till Sunday, Aug. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m. if there are thunderstorms or high winds).
  • October 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Fall Foliage in the Grove: Washington Grove is a beautiful place to visit in any season. Come to the Grove for an appreciation of ancient and younger trees in their colorful glory as the seasons change.

Other History Walk Opportunities

Second Saturdays at Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery is a one-of-a kind environment that features extraordinary greenery, trees and forest. Volunteers allow the cemetery to maintain its high level of natural beauty. Join us every second Saturday of the month, from May through November, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Individuals and groups are welcome! To learn more: www.cityofrochester.gov/mounthopevolunteer 

Reforest Mount Hope Cemetery
For 175 years, Mount Hope Cemetery has provided its visitors with a peaceful oasis set within an inspirational landscape. At the heart of this serene environment are the majestic trees. Unfortunately, time and weather conditions have impacted the health of many of these aging trees and left them in need of replacement. Join the Reforest Mount Hope program in its efforts to plant trees in the cemetery. To learn more:www.cityofrochester.gov/reforestmounthope

Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery 
In 1838 Mount Hope Cemetery was dedicated as the first municipal Victorian cemetery in the United States. Volunteers conduct public and theme tours starting May 8 and concluding on August 14. Call (585) 461-3494 or visit www.fomh.org.

Landmark Society of Western New York
Formed in 1937, a decade before the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, LSWNY hosts a House & Garden Tour, Inside Downtown, Walk the Walk and Ghost Walk. 546-7029. www.landmarksociety.org


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