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Winter Pottery Show

Annie Schliffer, our master potter,  and Emma Silverstein, our winter resident potter, are preparing for a Pottery Show at East Hill Gallery, including works fresh from the wood kiln which was fired last weekend! Perfect timing for a safe winter outing. Come and join us!


            from 11am-5pm each day.

Where: EAST HILL GALLERY at The Folk Art Guild,
1445 Upper Hill Rd. Middlesex, NY 14507

Annie’s fresh bread will be on sale Thursday & Friday (& freshly frozen Sat. & Sun.) please email Annie to reserve: [email protected]


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63rd Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Always the weekend after Memorial Day, the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage has been held at beautiful Allegany State Park annually since 1959. Planning is continuing this year with caution due to COVID-19. Although a final decision will be made in April, you can make accommodation reservations now and Pilgrimage registration is expected to open online on March 15th. Check the Pilgrimage website for more information and to stay updated concerning this interesting program recommended for all ages.

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Genesee Valley Conservancy Newsletter

Today I received an email from the Genesee Valley Conservancy.  Springwater Trails has hiked a few times at the Indian Fort Nature Preserve. This email struck me as one of the best responses to the COVID-19 social distancing that I have received, and it seemed worth sharing with you all.



With the weather warming, sporadic showers, and birds singing, it is apparent that spring is here.

This month, our preserves have had a significant upswing in use. The Conservancy is pleased to offer protected open space during this difficult period of social distancing.

As farmers begin planting their fields in April, we are also pleased that our work to protect local farmland will ensure local agriculture today and for future generations.

It is thanks to 30 years of community support that these local protected places are possible. Following are a few updates on our work.


Benjamin Gajewski
Executive Director

Nature Preserves

Our nature preserves remain OPEN for public use. Please use the following guidelines when visiting:

  • Hike local: keep travel to a minimum and use open space closest to your house
  • Do not gather in groups to hike
  • If the parking lot is full, return another time or hike from another trailhead
  • Maintain social distancing on trails as you pass other users
  • Help keep our preserves in shape by packing out trash and tossing aside branches on the trail. Contact us if major work is needed so staff can keep trails accessible for the community.


Like most businesses and non-profits, our physical office will remain closed for at least another two weeks.

Our staff are doing well. After a short adjustment to working remotely we continue to maintain all functions of the Conservancy, advance projects and consider new prospective projects.

The best way to get in touch is via email, but you can still call 585-243-2190 too. Our response may be slightly delayed, but we will respond as soon as we can.

Current Projects

We are keeping staff working, ensuring everyone stays on the payroll, and continuing to move projects forward:

  • Staff are working on two expansion projects for existing nature preserves to increase acres protected and provide additional trails
  • Staff are preparing to sign conservation easements protecting 600 acres of farmland in York, our first conservation project in the town
  • The Board is beginning a review of our Strategic Plan and drawing up goals to guide our work over the next 3-5 years

As our work continues, so does the need for financial support to keep our operations running. If you are able, please consider making your 2020 gift online today or setting up a monthly gift to spread your support over the year.

Winter Newsletter

Winter newsletters hit mailboxes last week…if you didn’t receive one you can read about the latest goings on online here.

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Finger Lakes Trail Days – Day 2

The Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath, NY will be transformed into a celebration of all things outdoors on Friday, July 26. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference along with the Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau and Friends of the Chemung River is excited to present the first Finger Lakes Trail Days over two jam packed days.

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast who already spends weekends hiking, biking, kayaking or fishing/hunting or someone who has always thought about trying something new, Saturday is filled with outdoor recreation activities of all kinds.

Additionally, enjoy local food, drinks, and a remarkable musical line-up. From 8:30 – 3pm there will be hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels (click here for more information).

Also, check out the guided tours of places of interest in the area.

Beginning at 11 am at the Fairgrounds, attend one of the many interesting presentations, ranging from Geocaching to Yoga, Birdwatching to Medicinal plants and more.

Local food trucks and beer garden will be available all throughout the day.

Attendees can also experience a zip line, climb a rock wall, learn to kayak or mountain bike and navigate a ropes course.

There is a stellar lineup of outdoor exhibitors available to answer questions and provide information about their organization. Hiking groups from around the state will be available.

And meet the experts to find out more about birding, conserving land, our local rivers or monarchs.

Throughout the day you will hear a music line-up featuring Sawyer Fredericks (the 2015 winner of The Voice), Cicada RhythmJoshua Davis, Aaron Lipp & the Slack Tones, and Joseph Alton Miller.

There are plenty of activities for the entire family!