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Rev 7/07/2020

All Monroe County Park’s lodges, shelters, will be open starting July 1st, 2020. All reservations for the foreseeable future must comply with New York State guidelines and limitations concerning social distancing, including but not limited to limitations on number of people to gather. As of June 22nd 2020, we have begun taking new reservations with restrictions. To make a reservation use our online system or call our office at 585-753-7275.

Any cancellation requests should be e-mailed to MCParks@monroecounty.gov for refund consideration. Please check back for future updates.

Conservation Corner

We all love our parks.  

Please help protect our parks and be responsible caretakers when enjoying the great outdoors.

Field Guides

  • ​Check out this "birding checklist" to keep track of the birds you see in the Monroe County Parks  (compliments of the Rochester Birding Association).
  • Check out this "horticulture checklist" to keep track of the trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs you see in the Poet's Garden of Highland Park, and the park itself (compliments of the Highland Park Conservancy).

Monroe County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force (MCEABTF) Information

The Monroe County Parks Department, in cooperation with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation coordinates the MCEABTF.  This is a volunteer organization of forestry professionals, scientists, natural resource managers, local officials, and private citizens. MCEABTF has organized to facilitate a science-based response to the economic, ecological, and public safety impacts within the forests and communities of Monroe County.

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to the Emerald Ash Borer
  • EAB Awareness Tree-Tags from New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Please "like" the MCEABTF Facebook page
  • The next meeting of the MCEABTF is Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, from 3 until 4:30pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.
  • Public workshop, Friday, November 4th at Woodside Lodge in Black Creek Park, Chili:
    • Western Finger Lakes ReLeaf committee is having a public workshop focused on tree planting.
    • The advice and techniques provided at the workshop will be applicable to municipal tree planting crews, tree boards, landscape contractors, and homeowners.
    • Planting of three different tree types will be demonstrated: ball & burlap, bareroot, and container trees.
    • Jim Kisker from Schichtel’s nursery is lead presenter.
    • Walt Nelson from Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be presenting; his topic will be on soils.
    • The workshop will be held Friday, November 4th at Woodside Lodge in Black Creek Park, Chili.
    • Registration starts at 8am. Workshop begins at 8:30am and goes until 12:00 pm.
    • Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning.
    • Registration for the workshop can be found here

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