2020 Tire Recycling Event

Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

2020 Tire Recycling Event in September


Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

Birding on the Erie Canal


The Montezuma Audubon Center is partnering with with Corn Hill Navigation to lead birding tours along the Erie Canal!
Take a tour this summer aboard the Sam Patch Tour Boat in Pittsford, NY  where nearly 100 bird species can be seen including the Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Green Heron and more. This is a very popular event, the  August dates are sold out but there are still dates in September.

Sam Patch to lead this new and unique series of cruises for all types of birders – experienced, novice, and just curious. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, though a limited supply of sanitized binoculars will be available for individual use during the cruise. Face masks are required while on board.

You can reserve your seat here. Click here to reserve your seat today!

Tour dates

September 10 @ 5:30 PM

September 24 @ 5 PM

Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby June 19th-July 26th 2020

Click here to view the leader board.

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Federation of Sportsmen Clubs are pleased to announce the 22nd Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby for anglers ages 4-16. The event runs June 19th-July 26th and covers the waters in Wayne County. 

Responsible local conservation recreation is a crucial part of continuing to help New Yorkers stay active and a great way to spend time with immediate household and family members while building lasting memories of having that “FISH ON”. Social distancing and masks encouraged.

New this year, the Ontario and Palmyra County Max stores will be weigh in stations. Both stores sell bait are a perfect way to expand fishing opportunities on the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario west. Other stations are Krenzer Marine, Hughes Marina, Davenports and Bay Bridge bait shops.

The Youth Derby is designed as three tournaments in one.
• AL SHULTZ MEMORIAL CHALLENGE is for youth ages 4-7 years of age. Anglers compete to catch the most pan-fish; Blue Gill, Perch, Rock Bass, Sun Fish. Although the fish, other than perch do not need to be weighed anglers must complete a fish entry form.

• MERCHANTS CHALLENGE is for youth anglers ages 8-16 and is considered the “Grand Slam” – Catch all 5 of shallow-water species Perch, Walleye, Largemouth bass, Northern pike & Smallmouth bass for the grand prize.

• SPECIES CHALLENGE is open to all entrants. In this derby, anglers compete to catch the largest fish in any of the 5 species: Perch, Walleye, Largemouth, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass

The entry fee is $5.00. Prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. Prize structure is based on the number of registered entrants.

Due to the COVID-19 safety concerns, the District will not be accepting cash. Registrations are being taken online and paid using any major credit card. The entrant’s registration number is generated at checkout. For those without WIFI, the Bay Bridge Bait Shop, Ontario Country Max and Palmyra County Max will all have WIFI enabled tablets available for online registrations starting on June 16th. According to Maxine Appleby, Conservation Specialist” No angler will be left behind.” The District will provide opportunities to any youth between the ages of 4-16 that does not have the means to enter the derby. Special arrangements can be made by calling the office M-F at 315-946-7200 by July 3.

Thank you to McDonald’s of Wayne County for their continued support along with  PJ Unisex Salon, Lyons National Bank, Sodus Rotary, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Sodus Point Pit Stop, Martin’s Tideside Marine, Ashley Insurance, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Fishin Magician Charters, Patons Sodus Market, Humbert Farms, KC Baily Orchards, Farm Bureau of Wayne County, Dobbin’s Drugs, Ely & Leene Insurance,  Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Fowler’s Marina, Key’s Energy, Krenzer Marine, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, the Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club and of course, all the bait and weigh stations.

Participants will enter fish personally caught only in the Wayne County, NY in the waters of Lake Ontario (1/2 mile west of Ginna Plant and east to Blind Sodus Bay) and its embayments; the waters of the Erie Canal and streams located in Wayne County, NY in accordance with all NYS Department of Conservation Fishing Rules and Regulations. Participants must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.
The Derby Awards Banquet, sponsored by McDonald’s of Wayne County is August 9th at the Firehall in Sodus Point where prizes and trophies will be awarded. The Federation of Sportsmen Club and the District are working out ways to practice social distancing but still provide awards and prizes to youth anglers.

To register for the Youth Derby visit https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/youth-derby/

Canceled Work Day: Macyville Woods Nature Preserve June 6th

This event has been canceled, however, there are ongoing activities where you can help out.  Please read more to view the video.

Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
7474 Seaman Street Sodus Point, NY, 14555 United States (map)


Other ongoing activities at Macyville Woods:

Japanese wineberry is another invasive that you can safely remove with gloves. Thanks to support from the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, we are removing this and other invasive plants from Macyville Woods Nature Preserve and have begun planting more beneficial shrubs and trees to improve bird habitat. Japanese wineberry looks similar to raspberry and blackberry plants, but its stem has more hairs and fewer thorns. Learn more about wineberry here and watch the short video below with Stewardship Assistant Will Macaluso.

TOOLS REQUIRED: Gardening gloves and trash bags
WHERE TO GO: Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
PLEASE REMEMBER: Stay safe, practice physical distancing, and dress appropriately. We would like to track when and where you volunteer for this project. Please call, text, or email Kevin Farrell at (585) 484-0250 or land@geneseelandtrust.org.

Volunteer Opportunity – Sodus Point Beach – Friday May 22nd Saturday May 23rd

As part of the Lake Ontario REDI project, the Village of Sodus Point, located in Wayne County is presently beginning a beach nourishment project to build dunes for natural shoreline protection. This Friday & Saturday there are volunteer opportunities six feet apart to plant dune grass. Families are encouraged as they can work in a group. You must wear a facemask for protection. Groups will be spaced apart. Registration is required.

To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sodus-point-beach-grass-planting-tickets-105807904290

Fri, May 22, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:30
Sat, May 23, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:30

Where: Sodus Point Beach, end of Wickham Drive, Sodus Point, NY – meet up at the beach.

Please see the registration form below

  • Sodus Point Dune and Beach Restoration
    Dune and Beach Restoration Along the Numbered Streets West of Sodus Bay Channel funded by the New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, Follow this link to read more about the Lake Ontario Dune and Beach Restoration Project
  • The District, working with Wayne County is also assisting in the management two REDI projects, for more information on (Click here)

Earth Day-a self guided activity walk at Huckleberry Swamp April 22nd – April 25th

With NYS on PAUSE, Huckleberry Swamp, located in North Rose, is offering a self guided activity walk to celebrate Earth Day.

From April 22nd -April 25th the public is invited to take a walk along the boardwalk trail at Huckleberry Swamp and view fun facts along your walk.

Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22nd since 1970. The main aim of Earth Day is to raise awareness of the impacts that our actions as mankind have on our environment and earth as a whole . Take the day to learn more about the environment we live. Think about the actions everyone can take to make it better.  Make Earth Day, every day. 

Huckleberry Swamp is located at 9190 Catchpole Road, North Rose, NY 14516

The Huckleberry Swamp volunteers invite guests to bring a hand-painted rock and participate in the  “Take A Rock-Leave A Rock”.  Scattered around the area are hand-painted rocks with inspirational messages, The public is invited to take a rock leave one of your own for the next person. Add a little joy to anyone that may need a lift. Visitors can also participate in fun scavenger hunts.

Can you find these items?  Click the photos for larger view and printing. (images open in a separate tab)

For more information about Huckleberry Swamp and to see other activities and events, please visit www.ofofinc.org

Invasive Species Activity Guide Teacher Meeting Wednesday April 15th

Invasive Species Workbook

Wayne County Soil and Water and FL-PRISM will host a teacher meeting focusing on a newly created Invasive Species Activity workbook for the classroom. Grab a lunch and join by Zoom. Teachers that register will receive a printed workbook along with other invasive species educational materials.

Date: April 15th
Time: Noon – 1 P.M.

For Zoom information and registration please visit  https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/IS/

For questions and more information please email drew@waynenyswcd.org


New York’s Outdoors Are Open! Message from NYS DEC

Williamson Town Park Loop Trail

a message from NYS DEC:

During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our mental and physical health. Scientific studies show that time outside in nature, especially among trees, significantly reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, energy, and sleep, and boosts the immune system.


While indoor spaces and restrooms at NYSDEC environmental education centers, hatcheries, and other public facilities are closed out of an abundance of caution to prevent community spread of COVID-19, the grounds and trails are open to welcome visitors during daylight hours, seven days a week. Any entry fees are waived. Public trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks and State Forests throughout the state are also always open (please note: there is still snow in many areas, please check local conditions). Find a location near you on the DEC’s website. As always, State Lands and facilities are being monitored by DEC Forest Rangers and other staff, though interactions with visitors will incorporate social distancing to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

Families with children at home during this time are encouraged to visit DEC’s education webpage to find activities to help explore nature and fun outdoor activities under “Kids G.O (Get Outside)” and “Nature Activities,” plus lesson plans on a variety of topics for different grade levels in “Educator Lesson Plans” and “Hudson River Lesson Plans.” In addition, students can read about nature in “Conservationist for Kids.”

In addition, New York State sporting licenses for anglers and hunters are available on DEC’s sporting license webpage.

DEC will provide updates periodically via email, social media, and at www.dec.ny.gov. We will also be available to respond to questions or concerns regarding visitation opportunities at contact@dec.ny.gov.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

The NYSDEC recommends avoiding busy trailheads. Find the trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. Remember to always be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave no Trace. Please note that campgrounds, boat launches, and other gated facilities that do not typically open until late spring or early summer will open and operate as usual. Visit the campground and day-use area webpage for more information.

Please visit nature and the outdoors responsibly and stay safe.

Thank you.

Invasive Species Workshop for Middle School Educators – CANCELED

Unfortunately we are forced to cancel this workshop.


The Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District and Finger Lakes – Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL-PRISM) would like to invite Middle School educators to an “Invasive Species Activities Workshop” in Newark, NY at the Conference Center @ Wayne – Finger Lakes BOCES. The workshop is from 4:00 – 6:30 pm on Monday, March 16th. Refreshments and subs will be served. Registration is required.

This FREE program will provide middle school
educators a basic introduction to invasive species
ecology along with hands-on activities and
resource materials for the classroom.

The Wayne County SWCD and FL-PRISM have worked together extensively to provide both formal and informal educational materials for schools, municipalities, and residents of Wayne County.

Teachers will receive 2.5 hours of CTLE credit for attending. Space is limited to 12. To register and to review the tentative program agenda, please visit www.waynecountyNYsoilandwater.org/is/#workshop

Registration closes on Thursday March 12th, 2020.

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