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Flower City Looking Good--History and Nature Walks


Rochester is full of history and nature! Join us for a guided walk to/through some of our city's gems, or for a talk focused on the city's natural and built environments.

Download this year's full Flower City Looking Good brochure (PDF)

Family Walks in Washington Grove  washington-grive-signage

Nestled behind the reservoir atop Cobb’s Hill is a beautiful grove of giant old oaks, named Washington Grove after our first President. A dedicated coalition of people and neighborhood groups is collaborating with The Friends of Washington Grove and the City to restore and protect the Grove.

All walks are Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

Meet on the east side of the reservoir where street parking begins on the one-way circle around the reservoir. (585) 234-1056 for more information. map  

  • April 27: Mighty Giants of the Washington Grove: A spring morning walk with Peter Debes of the Friends of Washington Grove. Look for the spring wildflowers and other plants that were reintroduced in 2011.
  • May 11: Birds in the Washington Grove: Peter Debes will identify songsters, explain why they come to the Grove and how to secure them for the next generation. Binoculars recommended. Rain Date: May 15.
  • June 8: Bugs ‘n Critters in the Cobbs Hill Forest: A family walk welcoming children ages 3-9 with adult. Join a naturalist of the Friends of Washington Grove. Learn how to recognize eight different kinds of soil animals and discover just what they are doing in the forest.
  • Aug. 24: An Old Growth Forest in the City: Enjoy the tranquility and mystery of this beautiful old growth forest. Learn to recognize these giant trees and find out what is being done to protect them and remove invasive species.  

Other History Walk Opportunities

Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery 

In 1838 Mount Hope Cemetery was dedicated as the first municipal Victorian cemetery in the United States. Volunteers conduct public and theme tours starting May 4 and concluding on October 27, 2013. Call (585) 461-3494 or visit www.fomh.org.

Landmark Society of Western New York 

Formed in 1937—a decade before the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation—LSWNY hosts walking tours of historic neighborhoods and Ghost Walk in October. Call (585) 546-7029 or visit www.landmarksociety.org.  

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