Volunteer Opportunities in the Greater Rochester Area

Animal Advocates of Upstate New York
Call info line to get referral for animal rights groups. (Rochester)

Bergen Swamp Preservation Society, Inc.
Works to protect and teach about unique ecosystems. (Bergen)
Volunteer opportunities include trail repair and clean up.
Center for Environmental Information
A resource center for environmental information and education. (Rochester)
Volunteer needed primarily for office work and research.
Common Good Planning Center
Focus is on new urbanist design. See website for more. (Rochester)
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Region 8
Opportunities: wildlife watching, litter removal, maintenance of state land.
Linda Vera 585-226-5324
Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists
Protects and preserves environment by facilitating communication. (Rochester)
Carol Hinkelman 585-663-2981

Finger Lakes Land Trust
Protects natural integrity of entire Finger Lakes region.
Friends of Ahskwa Sanctuary
Preserves and protects character of Allens Creek Valley for recreation and education. (Rochester)
Alan Handelman 585-546-6340
Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway, Inc.
Establishes and maintains public trail along Genesse Valley Canal. (Mt. Morris)
Friends of Webster Trails
Develops and maintains trails and maps. (Webster)
Volunteer opportunities: trail maintence, rebuilding structures.
Sue Klassen 585-265-4313
Genesse Land Trust
Works to preserve beauty and quality of greater Rochester woodlands.
Assistance needed with office work.
Gay Mills 585-381-7310
Honeoye Valley Association
Works to enhance, preserve, and protect environment in Honeoye valley.
Opportunities: office work, newsletter publication, organizational planning, litter removal.
Ed Jackson 585-367-3546
Monroe County Alliance for Wildlife Protection
Public education regarding human-wildlife interactions. (Rochester)
Opportunities: website development, office work, research, newsletter publication.
Sandy Baker 585-338-2247
Monroe County Department of Planning & Development
Provides assistance to municipalities in planning concerns.
Data collection and other placements available, depending on personal skills.
Thomas D. Goodwin 585-428-5418
New York Forest Owners Association
Encourages wise management of private woodland resources in New York. (Fairport office)
Ontario Pathways
Maintains multi-use trail 23 miles long along unused Penn Central RR. (Canandaigua)
Kyle Gaga 315-462-7918
Penfield Trails
Develops and maintains hiking trails.
Jim Britt 585-377-5668
People for Parks
Dedicated to preservation and protection of historical, horticultural, and natural legacy of parks. (Rochester)
Expand web page and keep it current; help with newsletter.
Cassandra Pestos 585-288-0955
Politics of Food Program, Inc.
Agriculture group that promotes a food system which is environmentally sound.
Possible need for community garden and resource center help.
The Nature Conservancy, Rochester Chapter
Organization that deals with environmental issues.
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