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Jun 12  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
  • 2:00pm | Trip to Pirozzolo Park (2-mile Trip) | Register
June 17 5pm - 7pm

Riverside Watercolor Painting

Watercolor© Bridget Bossart van OtterlooThis will be a plein-air* painting workshop featuring local artist and instructor, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo.

This outdoor painting program will be held at the Bottchers Landing Boat Launch Pavilion on Thursday, June 17, from 5-7PM. The workshop will take place in the shaded area under the Pavilion, and if the weather is mild, students can move around the grounds to find different scenes to paint.

Students will be supplied with a variety of high-quality brushes, 140-lb. cold-press watercolor paper, Wisner & Newton watercolor paints, palettes, drawing boards, and filtered water from the river. Students will also receive instruction from this locally renowned artist and instructor, and the artist will demonstrate different watercolor painting techniques for landscape painting.

This program will have a member and non-member rate. To become a member, please visit our Membership page.

DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OUR LAWN CHAIRS AND WATER BOTTLE FOR LEMONADE!

We will provide tables, snacks, organic lemonade, and all of the necessary art supplies.

*Plein-air is a 19th-century style of painting outdoors or with a strong sense of the open air that became a central feature of French impressionism.

Tickets are available here.

June 21 7pm - 8:30pm

Knowledge Under the Pines: The Secret Life of Trees

Chemung River Friends is announcing a series of unique nature education programs featuring presentations held in the middle of shady and tall stand of pine trees in Big Flats, NY.

Called Knowledge Under the Pines, the outdoor classroom provides enough room for people to stay socially distanced in lawn chairs on a thick carpet of fragrant pine needles. The stand of Eastern Pines grows in the eastern section of the Big Flats Community Park near the intersection of State Route 352 and Winters Road.

These programs will be held throughout the Spring and Summer on select Monday evenings from 7-8:30PM. Topics will include local wildlife, plants, rivers, and nature; and will be presented by our co-founder, former executive director, and current volunteer: Jim Pfiffer! A reduced event fee of $10 for members and $20 for non-members is made possible by the Anderson Foundation and will help River Friends continue its environmental education programs. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OUR LAWN CHAIRS!

Purchase tickets here.

Knowledge Under the Pines is a continuation of the pre-pandemic River Friends public presentations held at the Finger Lakes House in Elmira.

To become a member, please visit our Membership page. Thank you for your support of our mission to promote, protect, and preserve the Chemung River Watershed.

Topics by Date:

June 21: The Secret Life of Trees.

July 19: When People Mess with Nature.

Aug. 16: Ospreys, the Airborne Kings of Rivers.

Sept. 20: The Amazing Timber Rattlesnake.

Jun 26 3:00pm

Diversion Brews on the River© Diversion Brewing Co.River Kayak Rentals: Boats & Brews
This is a special Boats & Brews edition of our River Kayak Rentals program, so please note the change to our regular meeting location. We will meet at 3PM at the White Wagon Boat Launch (153 White Wagon Road, Waverly, NY 14982) and shuttle to Toll Bridge Park Boat Launch further upstream. The paddle will be about 6 miles and take around 2.5 hours, depending on river levels.

Once the trip is finished, we'll head on over to Diversion Brewing Co. to enjoy brews, food from Cosmic Crustaceans Food Truck, and musical performance by Bob Peak. Drinks and food from food truck are NOT included in the price for kayak rental.

Meet at 3:00PM, depart at 3:15PM.

Bring proper water shoes (not flip flops), snacks, water, and bug spray. If you have any questions, please call. These Guided River Kayak Rentals are in partnership with Endless Mountain Outfitters and pre-registration is required.

Boats & Brews Trip (6-mile Trip) | Register

Jul 10  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
  • 12:00pm | Trip to Pirozzolo Park (2-mile Trip) | Register
July 15 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Yoga in the Woods - Forest Bathing

YogaThis program will provide the opportunity to observe a familiar location with fresh eyes, and improve your overall sense of wellness through mindfulness practice. We will gather at the Pirozzolo Park trailhead of the West Elmira Riverside Trails on Thursday, July 15 to do a walking meditation and yoga series in the woods from 5:30-7:30PM, while paying close attention to the sensory experience of being in a forest environment. Integrating the traditions of "Forest Bathing" and yoga to guide our walks will help participants to cultivate an appreciation for the natural space around them.

Class will focus on a “forest invitation” and will be taught by certified Yoga Instructor and Environmental Anthropologist - Dr. Katherine Fultz; these invitations are themes to guide our walking meditations and observations. Participants will pause periodically as a group to do a series of yoga poses, followed by the opportunity to sit in contemplative stillness and observe the space around them. Following our walk, participants will have the opportunity to journal or sketch their experiences before sharing with the group.
We will close with tea or lemonade, snacks, and casual conversation.

Dress appropriately for walking and yoga movement. DON'T FORGET TO PACK a sketch book or journal and pencil or pen, a blanket or towel that can be placed on the ground, and a bottle of water.

This class will have a $30 member and $40 non-member rate, and you MUST pre-register using this Eventbrite link.

July 19 7pm - 8:30pm

Knowledge Under the Pines: When People Mess with Nature

Chemung River Friends is announcing a series of unique nature education programs featuring presentations held in the middle of shady and tall stand of pine trees in Big Flats, NY.

Called Knowledge Under the Pines, the outdoor classroom provides enough room for people to stay socially distanced in lawn chairs on a thick carpet of fragrant pine needles. The stand of Eastern Pines grows in the eastern section of the Big Flats Community Park near the intersection of State Route 352 and Winters Road.

These programs will be held throughout the Spring and Summer on select Monday evenings from 7-8:30PM. Topics will include local wildlife, plants, rivers, and nature; and will be presented by our co-founder, former executive director, and current volunteer: Jim Pfiffer! A reduced event fee of $10 for members and $20 for non-members is made possible by the Anderson Foundation and will help River Friends continue its environmental education programs. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OUR LAWN CHAIRS!

Purchase tickets here.

Knowledge Under the Pines is a continuation of the pre-pandemic River Friends public presentations held at the Finger Lakes House in Elmira.

To become a member, please visit our Membership page. Thank you for your support of our mission to promote, protect, and preserve the Chemung River Watershed.

Topics by Date:

July 19: When People Mess with Nature.

Aug. 16: Ospreys, the Airborne Kings of Rivers.

Sept. 20: The Amazing Timber Rattlesnake.

Jul 24 9:00am

River Kayak Rentals

Trip to Bottchers Landing (9-mile Trip) | Register

Aug 7  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
  • 1:00pm | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
Aug 16 7pm - 8:30pm

Knowledge Under the Pines: Ospreys, the Airborne King of Rivers

Chemung River Friends is announcing a series of unique nature education programs featuring presentations held in the middle of shady and tall stand of pine trees in Big Flats, NY.

Called Knowledge Under the Pines, the outdoor classroom provides enough room for people to stay socially distanced in lawn chairs on a thick carpet of fragrant pine needles. The stand of Eastern Pines grows in the eastern section of the Big Flats Community Park near the intersection of State Route 352 and Winters Road.

These programs will be held throughout the Spring and Summer on select Monday evenings from 7-8:30PM. Topics will include local wildlife, plants, rivers, and nature; and will be presented by our co-founder, former executive director, and current volunteer: Jim Pfiffer! A reduced event fee of $10 for members and $20 for non-members is made possible by the Anderson Foundation and will help River Friends continue its environmental education programs. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OUR LAWN CHAIRS!

Purchase tickets here.

Knowledge Under the Pines is a continuation of the pre-pandemic River Friends public presentations held at the Finger Lakes House in Elmira.

To become a member, please visit our Membership page. Thank you for your support of our mission to promote, protect, and preserve the Chemung River Watershed.

Topics by Date:

Aug. 16: Ospreys, the Airborne Kings of Rivers.

Sept. 20: The Amazing Timber Rattlesnake.

Aug 21 2:00pm

River Kayak Rentals
Trip to Pirozzolo Park (2-mile Trip) | Register

Sep 4  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Bottchers Landing (9-mile Trip) | Register
  • 2:00pm | Trip to Pirozzolo Park (2-mile Trip) | Register
Sep 18  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
  • 1:00pm | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
Sep 20 7pm - 8:30pm

Knowledge Under the Pines: The Amazing Timber Rattlesnake

Chemung River Friends is announcing a series of unique nature education programs featuring presentations held in the middle of shady and tall stand of pine trees in Big Flats, NY.

Called Knowledge Under the Pines, the outdoor classroom provides enough room for people to stay socially distanced in lawn chairs on a thick carpet of fragrant pine needles. The stand of Eastern Pines grows in the eastern section of the Big Flats Community Park near the intersection of State Route 352 and Winters Road.

These programs will be held throughout the Spring and Summer on select Monday evenings from 7-8:30PM. Topics will include local wildlife, plants, rivers, and nature; and will be presented by our co-founder, former executive director, and current volunteer: Jim Pfiffer! A reduced event fee of $10 for members and $20 for non-members is made possible by the Anderson Foundation and will help River Friends continue its environmental education programs. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OUR LAWN CHAIRS!

Purchase tickets here.

Knowledge Under the Pines is a continuation of the pre-pandemic River Friends public presentations held at the Finger Lakes House in Elmira.

To become a member, please visit our Membership page. Thank you for your support of our mission to promote, protect, and preserve the Chemung River Watershed.

Oct 2  

River Kayak Rentals

  • 9:00am | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register
  • 1:00pm | Trip to Fitch's Bridge (3-mile Trip) | Register