Lyceum at Silo City
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Urban Ecological Restoration Training

June 22-24, 2018


What will the training cover?

The UER Training presents learning and applied opportunities that can be used on varying scales from sustainable landscaping in your yard up to full-scale riparian restoration projects in your city.  The training provides foundational experience in:

  • Sustainability mapping- understanding sustainability in urban settings, creating holistic sustainability plans, long-term viability
  • Riparian and wetland ecology- get a primer in healthy ecosystem functioning, flora and fauna communities, biodiversity, and field observation
  • Applied botany- learning about native plant species, restoration strategies, identification and data collection methodology
  • Applied entomology- trying out important insect identification, collection, and preservation techniques, roles of pollinators for native plants
  • Basic soil science- gaining an understanding for what types of substrates naturally occur and why and how to amend soil using best practices
  • Bioremediation- focusing on urban-specific conditions and how to address pollution issues using organic methods
  • Project planning and management- practicing thinking through project logistics, and addressing challenges in the field

How do I register?

To register for the UER Training, you can visit Eventbrite by clicking the button below to purchase your ticket.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Registration is open until June 8, 2018.   

The training includes programming from Friday, June 22nd-Sunday, June 24th and includes a full schedule of hands-on experience with experts in the field!   All training and project materials will be provided, save those listed below "other items you may want".

There are a very limited number of reduced rate student/youth tickets available for the training.  Click the button below to register for student tickets.

After registering via Eventbrite or via email, please fill out the UER Information Form HERE and return via email, snail mail, or fax to complete your application.

What can I expect?

This intensive field course is designed to give participants an introduction to the topics and skills involved in urban restoration projects.  Participants will get a “boots in the mud” primer that teaches professionals, students, and interested individuals resilience techniques from experts in the field.  This training workshop focuses specifically on riparian, wetland, and prairie ecosystems in urban areas.  As a participant, you will get your hands dirty applying the strategies and techniques you learn to a custom project on-site.  

The training begins Friday, June 22nd with a tour of Silo City at 6pm, a screening of a documentary, and a bugs at night event that will run until 10:30.   Saturday and Sunday's activities will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 5pm, with a break for lunch during the day.  Registration costs cover all activities Friday- Sunday.

What should I bring with me to the workshop?

Our workshops will be held both indoors and outdoors, so dress in layers and be prepared for the elements. If rain is in the forecast, please bring rain gear so that you can be comfortable outside for extended periods. As this is an industrial site and there are hazards, please do not wear open-toed shoes.

Other items you may want:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Camera (optional)
  • Sun hat


For our out of town guests, we are located in the Old First Ward community.  Lodging is available, nearby, in Downtown Buffalo, NY.  

Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plz, Buffalo, NY 14202  (716) 856-1234   

Curtiss Hotel, 210 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 954-4900


All payment is to be made in US dollars.  Payment can be made when registering through Eventbrite.  If paying by check, the check should be made out to “Friends of Silo City” and mailed to Lyceum at Silo City, 658 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

When should I arrive?

For the UER Training we suggest arriving at 6:30pm on Friday, June 22nd to participate in a welcome tour of Silo City, and enjoy a film night at the Silos, if you choose.  If you are unable to participate in Friday’s events, the workshop begins Saturday morning at 8am at Silo City.  We will see you there!

Where will we be meeting?

Once you turn onto Silo City Row and pass through the gates, you will come to a parking lot on your right. Workshop and training participants should park here and walk past the red train car to the first building on your right. This is a two story building called Duende, which is a bar and event space. We will meet  on the second floor.

Who will be leading the training?

We have a wonderful team of instructors for the 2018 UER Training.  Click below to read instructor bios.