Penfield Recreation
1985 Baird Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM




Penfield Recreation is excited to announce new nature classes for youth this fall season! We have partnered with Earthworks Institute to bring Nature Explorers and Runnin’ Wild to Penfield.

Nature Explorers is designed especially for young learners. This program brings your child into a world where they are free to discover and feel at home in the woods. Learning without even knowing it, young children will receive a unique education on the concepts of basic wilderness safety, hiking, ecology, navigation, food and hydration, shelters, and leave-no-trace practices to build their connection to the great outdoors. Kids have a natural curiosity that just can't be contained! On these hikes your child can expect hands-on activities, songs, games, and stories to create a deep connection to the elements of nature as well as to build skills and memorable experiences to last a lifetime.

This program is for children ages 5-7 and is held at Veterans Memorial Park on Mondays, September 25 - November 6, 4:15 - 6:00 pm.

Running Wild is a unique survival skills program designed to teach ancient knowledge and understanding of the natural world combined with unique instruction on the time-honored techniques of wilderness living. Expect your child to learn about the wonders of their environment and all its natural processes through immersion in a full sensory experience with nature. Earthworks staff encourage kids to explore while working closely with peers to practice wilderness skills such as shelter building, fire making, wild crafting, identification of flora and fauna, use of plants for food and medicine, purification of water, natural navigation, responsible tool use, and more. The program combines unique outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors in a safe and meaningful way. The goal is to activate each child’s curiosity and love for learning while fostering personal growth, social responsibility, and bonds that last a lifetime.

This program is for children ages 8-11 and is held at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesdays, September 26 - November 7, 4:15 - 6:00 pm.

Registration is required for both programs and can be done on-line at, or by stopping in to the Recreation office at 1985 Baird Rd. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.

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