Let Nature Feed You With These Fall Recreational Activities | Culture
I can’t tell you how many times over the past year friends of mine have reacted to the madness of the world by joking that they just want to walk in the woods and never get out.
Well why not? There is something to this. Time spent among cathedral-like trees, by flowing water’s edge, or staring at the world from just-to-scale peaks kind of pushes the reset button in the stress center of the brain.
There are a myriad of ways to explore the natural wonders of our region, alone or in a group. There is something to do every fall day, most of which is accessible to all ages and paces. Not to mention that there are many trails and land reserves that you can explore on your own during opening hours.
Here are some activities that stand out.
For more information, visit the web links and view our calendar at roccitynews.com. Of course, as all plans are on hold these days, it’s best to call ahead to make sure events are still ongoing and to check with host organizations for future activities in the fall. .
Thursday September 2: “Lunch near wetlands and wilderness”
They call Letchworth State Park the “Grand Canyon of the East”. While the gorge is not as breathtaking as this western landmark of the time, it is awe-inspiring on its own.
Letchworth runs hikes and other programs every day of the week, so it’s easy to find something to do on whatever day you’re free. You will leave many guided hikes with a little mental exercise, as they are dotted with educational elements on geology, wildlife, seasons, etc.
Pack a picnic and wear waterproof hiking shoes for the 11am Lunch Near Wetlands & Wilds hike on Thursday, September 2nd. The mile hike takes about two to three hours. More info on parks.ny.gov/events or by calling 493-3682.
Monday September 13: “Paddle Hemlock and picnic”
There is no such thing as a little effort to whet your appetite and then reward your efforts with some outdoor food. Even better if you can escape for a Monday morning excursion to beautiful Hemlock Lake.
Among the full schedule of events planned and hosted by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is the “Paddle Hemlock and Picnic” event on Monday, September 13th. The group meets at 10 a.m. at the boat launch at the north end of Hemlock Lake for a two-hour paddle, then meets at the park for a picnic together under the lodge.
The event is free and registration is required. BYO of water and a dish to pass. And yes, you need to bring your own pedal boat and gear (or befriend someone who has a boat) and wear a life jacket. More details on adk-gvc.org/calendar.
Saturday September 18: Hurley Woods Naturalist Tour
Can you identify the trees in our area just by looking at their foliage? And the bark? Can you name five plants for pollinators? At 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, the owners of a special 50-acre parcel of land on Benson Road in Victor known as Hurley Woods will be opening it for the first time to members of the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and Canandaigua. Botanical Society for a private tour. Since purchasing the land in 2009, Joe and Ginny Hurley have created a native tree arboretum and pollinator garden while managing invasive plant species.
Waterproof boots are recommended for the free 90-minute tour, during which participants will hear from a forestry consultant from the Department of Environmental Conservation. The visit is limited to 30 people and registration is required. You are not a member of either organization? Head toward bancny.org Where canandaiguabotanicalsociety.blogspot.com join.
Sunday September 26: ‘Fungi Fest’
A subsidiary of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Cumming Nature Center in Naples hosts a range of educational and outdoor programs each year.
Upcoming events include “heritage creation workshops”, “family archeology days” (help dig the site of a 19th century farm), a hiking and reading club, “wild walks of the weekends ”,“ yoga in the pines ”and“ Fungi Fest ”sessions, a hike that will change the way you see the world.
On September 26, a mycology expert will lead two guided hikes, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., teaching participants where to look for fungi and how to identify different species on sight as well as by making spore prints. You will also have the chance to taste gourmet mushrooms and learn recipes for mushroom foods and mushroom colors.
Admission to the Nature Center is $ 3 per person or $ 10 per family, and free for RMSC and Pines Pass members. The guided hike costs an additional $ 4 per person. For more information, visit rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center.
Sunday October 10: Rochester Bird Watching Tour at Hamlin Beach State Park
If you love the outdoors, but moving at a fast pace isn’t your speed, the activities at Rochester Birding may be right for you. The organization holds a handful of birding gatherings each month. Different species are found in different places and you will get advice from the guide.
The Oct. 10 rendezvous at Hamlin Beach predicts sightings of thrushes, sparrows, “and maybe a half-hardy warbler or two” in the wooded and brushy areas surrounding the park.
Participants are scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. in Parking Lot 1 at Hamlin Beach State Park and the rally lasts until approximately noon. Bring spotting scopes if you have them, wear comfortable shoes, and dress in warm layers for the cooler weather along the lake. More excursions and registration details on rochesterbirding.org.
Rebecca Rafferty is the editor-in-chief of CITY and can be contacted at [email protected]