Nature at the Market


 The City of Rochester Public Market strives to be as green as possible. This quest includes using this very popular destination as a place to educate and inspire the community on important environmental issues and topics. The Nature @ the Market program, generously sponsored by Hunt Engineers/Architects/Land Surveyors and Greentopia, is a component of our non-profit Special Guests program that brings the region's environmental organizations to the Market on busy Saturdays.   

Participating environmental organizations set up outside the Market under a green tent; they inform, amaze, fascinate, and inspire action!

HalloweenEve2016_2670-(CustHere's just a small sampling of the things Market-goers have learned from our Nature @ the Market participants so far:

Bats are shy, gentle, and intelligent...they are among the slowest reproducing animals on earth. Most bat species have only one live young per year. The average life-span of a bat is 25 to 40 years. (This fact was part of BAT EDUCATION DAY at the Market on Halloween, 2015--to dispel myths and misinformation about these beneficial creatures!)

The  Genesee River  drops 225 feet just within the city limits--and that sturgeon and salmon can be found in the Genesee within the city limits too!   

Free energy efficiency audits are available for your home through several community organizations.  

75% of people who blind taste-tested  City of Rochester tap water and bottled water said the tap water tasted better (The City's water was voted best-tasting in New York State in 2013)  

Volunteers at the nearby Braddock Bay raptor migration "hot spot"  counted over 140,000 hawks during a recent spring migration. And, an owl is nesting on a building right in the Public Market District! 

The Market (and several other locations around the City and County) have a electric vehicle charging stations.    

Trains carrying more and more crude oil drilled in North Dakota are passing through the City--and right past the Market--on their way to terminals in Albany.  

New York State is home to rattlesnakes—yes, rattlesnakes. Many (of the few) highly endangered Massassauga rattlers live just west of Rochester in Genesee County’s Bergen Swamp (one of these surprisingly sociable critters was on hand at the Market—in a case!—and wowed many a market-goer!)   

Since its inception in 2014, Nature @ the Market guest organizations have included:

 The Nature Conservancy-Central and Western New York Chapter 

 The Genesee Land Trust 

Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group 

 Braddock Bay Raptor Research Center 

 Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Pathstone Energy Efficiency Program  

 Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists  

Genesee Community Charter School

Rochester City School District School 58 World of Inquiry

 H2O Hero! (Water Education Collaborative at RMSC) 

 Citizens Climate Lobby  

 Mothers Out Front  

 ROCSPOT Solar  

 Genesee Valley Audubon Society  

 Genesee Region Clean Communities  

 Center for Environmental Initiatives 

 Earthworks Institute  

 Bergen Swamp Preservation Society  

 Adirondack Mountain Club-Genesee Valley Chapter  

 Lots of Food Permaculture 

 Genesee Transportation Council  

 Seneca Park Zoo  

Rochester Museum and Science Center 

The Lost Bird Project  

Rochester Youth Climate Leaders

Finger Lakes Land Trust  

Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County  

Genesee Country Village/Museum and Nature Center  

Braddock Bay Raptor Research Center  


Getting Involved

If your organization is interested in participating in Nature @ the Market, contact Evan Lowenstein at or 585-428-7282.