Winter Adventures Series


Winter Washington Grove

10 - 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16
Could you survive even a day outdoors in the winter? How do plants and animals make it through the season? Naturalist Peter Debes will lead a lively scavenger hunt for signs of life and secrets of survival in the woods. Spot winter creatures and find a tree that is older than the United States. Adults and children 6 and older. Meet at the top of the Reservoir Road, Cobbs Hill Park by the pine trees. Dress for the weather. Canceled if there are high winds.


Snow Cheap Trail Race Series

A fun-filled winter trail series held Wednesday nights from December through February in Cobbs Hill Park. It’s everything you love about the Dirt Cheap Series, only for the winter. Low price, crazy fun, great vibe and tons of value. Meet at Lake Riley Lodge in Cobbs Hill Park, Norris Dr. & Culver Rd. Preregistration required no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the race. Races will be held snow or no snow. Headlamps are required for all races. Post-race party, door prizes and fun!

Wednesdays: Dec. 16, Dec. 30, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.

6:45 p.m. races start at 7:15 p.m.

One race; $13.00; $55.00 for all races ($65 if registering after Dec. 16).

Weekend Park Hikes

Explore all the outdoors has to offer. Bring your family and friends for a wonderful winter hike. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Youth and adult snowshoes will be available if conditions permit. Weekends, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 16
Washington Grove, meet at the top of Reservoir Road in Cobb’s Hill Park.

Sunday, January 31
Seneca Park, meet at the Seneca Zoo Parking Lot (off of St. Paul Street).

Sunday, February 21
Turning Point Park, meet at the end of Boxart Street (off of Lake Avenue).

Sunday, February 28 - Canceled
Genesee Valley Park, meet at the Genesee Waterways Center (off of Elmwood Avenue)

Garden Talks

Improve your gardening knowledge this winter with these informative talks.

January 9 - Canceled
Precocious Perennials: Propagating, Caring for and Designing with Perennials 
Charlotte Library, 3557 Lake Ave.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

January 23
Winter Skills to Make the Most of Your Garden
Northeast Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton St.
1 - 4 p.m.

January 30
From Lawns to Lunch: Creating an Edible Landscape in Your Yard
Arnett Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

February 10
Planning for Your Palate: Designing Your Kitchen Garden
Northeast Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton St.
6 - 7:30 p.m.

February 20
Birds, Bees and Butterflies: Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscape
Maplewood Library, 1111 Dewey Ave.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m

February 27
Preserving Nature’s Bounty: Soups, Dips and Sauces from Dried Plants
Monroe Library, 809 Monroe Ave.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

March 19
From Plants to Power: Bringing Rochester’s Gardeners Together
For more information or to register, contact Nathaniel Mich at or follow the Urban Agriculture Working Group on Facebook.  
Location to be determined.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoeing is a great family friendly activity! Adult and youth snowshoes are available for rent at the Recreation Bureau Office at 400 Dewey Ave.

Rental Rates
Adults: $10 a day or $15 for the weekend. Youth: $5 a day.

For more information or to reserve snowshoes call: 428-8820.

Passport to Family Wellness

The Passport to Family Wellness brochure is a great way to learn about parks and trails in the region. Submit your completed passport for a chance to win prizes including a $100 Wegmans gift card. Pick up your Passport to Wellness at the City of Rochester Public Market Office, Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex or the Recreation Bureau Office.