Church Wildlife Conservation Area is named in honor of George and Katherine Church, who were members of two of Rochester’s oldest families. It was Katherine’s wish for this land to be preserved in its natural state for all to enjoy.
True to her wishes, the Rochester Land Trust has protected Church Wildlife Conservation Area forever. Visitors of all ages can explore the tranquil woods on a short loop trail that surrounds the remnants of an old homestead – a reminder of those who lived here long ago.
The loop trail at Church Wildlife Conservation Area begins and ends at the open field near the parking area. This 20-minute walk is short and easy. (Download trail map)
Within the woods, there’s a dense stand of young pine trees known as “The Pines.” Two side trails here lead toward private property, so make sure to follow all posted signs and respect the neighbors. There are also some small trails through The Pines that leave the preserve, so we recommend staying on the main path.
Habitats & Wildlife
Animals abound in the forest at Church Wildlife Conservation Area. The pine trees are an ideal home for woodland birds like chickadee and American redstart. Fox, deer, and raccoons can also be found scurrying through the woods.
The Rochester Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Rochester's natural heritage and rural character for current and future generations. Since 1997, the Rochester Land Trust has secured over 450 acres for conservation.