Field Trips

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Buckhorn Island Habitat Restoration ComplexSold Out!

Buckhorn Island State Park along the Niagara River contains diverse habitats and ecosystems in the terrestrial and aquatic realms.  A visit to the site will introduce participants to the diverse habitats and restoration work (past, future and current) supported by diverse funders and enacted by multiple partners.


Buffalo Outer Harbor from Times Beach Nature Preserve to Bell Slip

The approximate 3 hour trip will start at the Times Beach Nature Preserve, stop at the Michigan Ave Pier, and proceed to 4 locations associated with the Bell Slip. (Revival Fields, Grasslands, Sand Barrens, Bell Slip.)


Grazing Towards Healthy Soil & Clean Water

Attendees will walk with dairy cows grazing in pastures, a sight which is disappearing from the Great Lakes landscape. The impact on pasture soil health and ultimately water quality will also be demonstrated with the use of a specially designed soil health trailer.


Silo City: Past, Present, and Future 

At ground level, experience the monumental scale of the grain elevators constructed in Buffalo in the first half of the twentieth century, and also see how they are now being repurposed. Explore the grounds and the impactful environmental projects throughout the once purely industrial complex.


Narrating the Catalyst of Environmental Action (Documentary Film)

Hosted by Green Heron Productions and Save the Dunes, the documentary film: “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability,” tells the story of how one region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park; a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world. This field trip will remain at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will viewed in one of the conference meeting rooms.