Exploring Central and Western New York is Focus of Keuka College’s Next Community Luncheon Series

The tour will feature locales around Penn Yan and elsewhere.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, March 21, with a virtual tour of some of central and western New York’s most exciting places to visit.

Jim Howe, executive director of the Central and Western New York Nature Conservancy, will discuss these destinations at a noon luncheon held at the Hampton Inn, 110 Mace St., Penn Yan. Mr. Howe’s virtual tour will feature Hemlock and Canadice lakes, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Zoar Valley, the Adirondacks, and other locations near Penn Yan.

Mr. Howe’s organization works to protect the lands and waters of central and western New York, including the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, the Alleghenies, and the Tug Hill Plateau. He began working at the Conservancy in 1996, directing conservation programs in central and western New York. Before joining the organization, he was the director of conservation at the Sonoran Institute in Tucson. He also spent several years at The Conservation Fund in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Howe has a passion for nature, as well as broad expertise in public policy and natural resources. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to other conservation groups, and is co-author of Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. In the book, Mr. Howe and his co-authors provide lessons in how to preserve the character and integrity of communities, and landscapes, without sacrificing local economic well-being.

Tickets for the lecture and luncheon are $15. Reservations may be made online, or by printing the form and sending the completed form with payment, to the Office of Community Relations, Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 14.

For more information or questions, contact Kathy Waye, Keuka College director of community relations and events, at (315) 279-5602, or [email protected].