Lyceum at Silo City
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Urban Ecological Restoration Training


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.  We tailor the UER trainings to fit the needs of your group. The training provides foundational experience in topics such as:

  • 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 set up a training for my group?

To set up a UER Training for your group, please contact us at:

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.  

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

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 professional instructors we work with. Click below to meet some of our instructors from the 2018 UER Training.