SBR’s 2021 “Summer Camp Semester” is all about valuing nature and exploring our interconnectedness. Join us outdoors for an afternoon of fun, learning and community impact. This is an opportunity to renew your team spirit, all while making a difference in habitat restoration in the Old First Ward neighborhood. Become an SBR local habitat hero by dedicating your time removing trash and debris from along the shoreline of the Buffalo River and throughout Red Jacket Riverfront Park, and get rewarded with popsicles!
SBR’s Corporate Volunteer Service Day enables you and your colleagues to break from the office (or work from home) routine and unite for a common, positive goal as a business and Roundtable member. Plus, as your team works together, you will learn about habitat restoration work, SBR’s Earn from the Sun Campaign and get to walk through part of the future Riverline Trail.
3:00 – 3:15: Check in, safety talk & passing out of gloves, garbage bags etc. (SBR & partners)
3:15 – 4:30: Red Jacket Park clean-up hosted & led by Erie County (Kristen Guadagno)
4:30 – 4:50: Meetup & Refreshments/ Popsicles. Reflection on cleaning up the park & introduction to why and how you can Earn from the Sun (SBR & Omni Renewables)
4:50 – 5:00: Q&A in the shade
5:00 – 5:10: Introduction to the Riverline Trail, current and ongoing plans (Nancy Smith, WNY Land Conservancy)
5:10 – 5:30: Walk-through part of The Riverline Trail (led by Nancy Smith)
5:30: Meetup back at the parking lot: thank you and goodbye (SBR & partners)
Where: Red Jacket Riverfront Park, 20 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Google Maps will take you to the wrong location if you enter the Park by name, please use the Park address for more accurate directions.
When: Thursday July 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM (rain date: July 22)
What to expect: You and your team will check in and receive clean up supplies. Everyone will then form teams to take on assigned clean up tasks. We will clean together for about 75 min and then meet up to report our results, reflect and to return any borrowed supplies.
What to wear: Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothing appropriate for working in the sun. Hand sanitizers will be available at check-in. Unvaccinated individuals will be responsible for maintaining proper social distancing of six feet and wearing a mask as per CDC guidance.
What to bring: Garbage bags and work gloves will be provided along with a few small hand tools and trash grabbers. Please bring your own if you happen to have some at home. The closest bathroom is at Tim Hortons located at 1176 South Park Avenue, so please plan accordingly. Remember to bring plenty of water and consider applying sunscreen and insect repellant prior to the event!
What if it rains: The rain date is Thursday July 22nd. In case of heavy rain, we will send all registered attendees an email in the morning to inform you about next steps.
How to sign up: Pre-registration required. Register HERE by Tuesday July 13th. Registered attendees will receive an email reminder on July 14th including a map to the meet up location.
About the park
Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park is only a couple blocks south of busy South Park Avenue, and easily accessible from the I-190, yet is the most remote of the Buffalo River Parks. It’s situated between two railroad lines, and although some industry does still exist, fish and wildlife have come back to reclaim their historical homes. More about the park’s history: https://www2.erie.gov/parks/index.php?q=red-jacket-riverfront-natural-habitat-park
About Earn from the Sun
SBR is conducting a community solar campaign, in partnership with Erie County and Omni Renewables. The goal of the campaign is to provide solar energy to residential and commercial subscribers, furthering our efforts to foster an environmentally resilient Western New York. Subscribers will enjoy monthly savings on their electricity bills, earn a $75 gift card and support the SBR: https://www.wnysustainablebusiness.org/events/earn-from-the-sun
The Riverline is a former stretch of rail corridor that links The Cobblestone District with the Buffalo River. Once complete, this greenway trail will be a 1.5 mile nature corridor. It will feature meadows, gardens, woodland, and wetlands, with plenty of educational and recreational opportunities. Riverline website: https://theriverline.com/