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Walks and Hikes

with Genesee Valley Audubon Society are family friendly opportunities to explore nature first-hand with other environmental enthusiasts.

Hand Feeding Chickadees

Our group activities and programs are ready.  Registration is required and we will be following NYS guidelines for gathering during COVID.
Our Covid-19 disclaimer is located below our list of Walks and Hikes. Please review this prior to attending any walk or hike listed. Please check here or our Facebook page for updates on upcoming GVAS activities and programs. 

Hidden Sidewalk/Charlotte Pier
180 Beach Avenue
Monday July 12, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Participants will meet up at the parking lot across from the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue just west of the Ontario Beach end of Lake Avenue. From there we will walk down to the neighborhood along Beach Avenue and explore the beautifully maintained gardens along the hidden sidewalk. After a rest stop, if necessary, at the community center, those who are interested in a longer walk will proceed down to the river and walk out to the end of the pier and back. Preregistration required no later than Friday, July 9 by emailing

Huckleberry Swamp Chimney Bluffs State Park East Bay, Mudge Creek, and Chimney Bluffs Trail
Parking lot of Huckleberry Swamp on Catchpole Road in Lyons, NY

Sunday August 15, 2021 @ 9:00-1:00pm

I’m certain that I am not the only one in need of a road trip. We are going to check out two trails in our neighboring county of Wayne. We will meet at 9:00am in the parking lot of Huckleberry Swamp on Catchpole Road in Lyons, NY. This is a short boardwalk trail of less than a mile, but it should be rich with wildlife. After we finish seeing what there is to see there, we will caravan over to Chimney Bluffs State Park just north of 104 and walk an easy trail. This is a carry-in/carry-out picnic area with available restrooms. Bringing along bug spray for the swamp is highly encouraged. Because of the timing you may want to pack a lunch or bring snacks. Preregistration required no later than Friday, August 6th by emailing

Channing H. Philbrick Park
Park behind Tops Supermarket at 1601 Penfield Road
Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

What could be nicer than walking along a stream on a hot summer day? We will meet behind the Tops Supermarket at 1601 Penfield Road and stroll along the bank of Irondequoit Creek. We hopefully will still see a fair amount of our breeding birds as they work on foraging for food for the coming migration or cold winter season. Preregistration required no later than Friday, August 13 by emailing

Turning Point Park
260 Boxart Street
Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 10:00am

We will walk to the end of the boardwalk and back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Genesee River in early autumn. Hopefully we will get one last look at our favorite migrant birds before they head to the winter feeding territories. We will then backtrack and walk along the river to a marshy area before walking back to our cars. This is an easy walk except for a gradual slope from the parking area to the river’s edge. Preregistration required no later than Friday, September 10 by emailing

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Programs, Presentations & Events

are a great way to learn about a variety of environmental topics and get involved with nature.

Become a Falcon Watcher

Join the Falcon Watchers this year for the experience of your life. After the young falcons on leave the nest and start to fly, the real family dynamics start. It is an exciting experience to watch the adults catch prey to feed the young and watch the young learn to fly. Sometimes falcon watchers help rescue the young if they get into trouble while learning to fly. Contact June Summers, or (585) 355-1824 if you are interested in participating. Check out website


Water Chestnut Pulls
Braddock Bay Tavern, 372 Manitou Rd, Hilton
July 24 and August 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am

This summer GVAS will be working with the DEC to remove the invasive European water chestnut plants from Braddock Bay that would otherwise cover the bay. We need your help. So join us on July 24 and August 7. Bring your canoe or kayak and dress for the weather. We will meet at the Braddock Bay Tavern, 372 Manitou Rd, Hilton. Unload your boat at the ramp then park near the road. Contact June Summers, or (585) 355-1824 if you are interested in participating.

To participate as a volunteer with any of these activities, please visit our Get Involved page.

Genesee Valley Audubon Society

P.O. Box 15512
Rochester, NY 14615