Finger Lakes Institute

Rating: 4.67 stars   9 reviews

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Location: 601 S. Main St. Geneva NY 14456 USA

Mission: The Finger Lakes Institute Is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.
Target demographics: Residents and Visitors of the Finger Lakes Region of New York -K-12 Education Outreach -Community Outreach and Public Service -Research -Economic Development and Land Use
Geographic areas served: Finger Lakes Region of New York State and surrounding environments

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

During the three years that we have had the opportunity to work with the students of Finger Lakes Institute we have been extremely impressed with their enthusiastic support. All the students that have participated in our Alternative Spring Break events have worked tirelessly to help our crew remove tons of garbage from the Ohio and Cedar Rivers. The tremendous amount of work our organization has accomplished would not be possible without the generosity of these students. It is incredibly inspiring to see and work with so many wonderful individuals that willingly give up a care-free spring break to help with the back breaking work of improving the quality of our Nations waterways!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amount of trash they help collect and sort during their short time with us while participating our Alternative Spring Break program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting and working with fantastic students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outgoing students that were not afraid of hard work and a little mud.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

attempt to address the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico with new innovative practices.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This was an awesome experience. Plankton are at the bottom of the food chain and are very important in the food web, yet very few of us have actually seen plankton and can relate to these microorganisms that inhabit our world. This experience will translate into hands-on learning in my science classroom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom. The hands-on knowledge that I received during this experience will enrich my teaching.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) was a wonderful partner for a community/school rain garden installation project with fourth graders. FLI helped us plan and execute the educational program for the fourth graders about stormwater, pollution, and the benefit of rain gardens. The lessons done by their student and staff participation during rain garden installation provided an educational component for the fourth graders that we would not have been able to provide. Since the installation, FLI has continued to provide the educational lessons during the annual rain garden clean-up with the new fourth graders.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

North Street Elementary School's rain garden project. FLI jumped right into our planning process with creative ideas and strategies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Finger Lakes Institute has proved to be a focal point for water quality studies and dissemination of valuable information for various municipalities, agencies, residents and educational institutions within the Finger Lakes area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Organization of a Finger Lakes area-wide group of private Lake Associations, training of zoning and planning boards in soil erosion issues, organization of a group of municipalities to address docks and moorings issues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to grasp new issues and challenges.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained, pleasant and committed to their mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an huge impact on water quality issues in the Finger Lakes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The class provided lots of helpful information about weeds that grow in lakes. A slide presentation was given that showed photos of weeds, explained how they can actually be beneficial, and talked about practical methods of controlling them. Staff had collected some weeds typically found in the finger lakes and had them there for people to look at, touch, and ask questions about. The presenter did an excellent job - she spoke well and made the topic interesting. All of the staff were very knowledgable and helpful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

expanding my knowledge of weed management.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have had a number of positive interactions with FLI over the last few years. They offer numerous programs and speakers that I have attended. The FLI has been involved in educating about invasive plants which I have also been active in. FLI invited me to speak t one of their public events and they have also provide materials and a display for me to use at public events. I can always depend on FLI to help me with information, with coordination of volunteers or any other needs I have.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My capacity as a volunteer and speaker

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The staff of the Finger Lakes Institute provided our organization with technical and logistical support as we reorganized the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association into a stronger all volunteer grass roots organization avoiding a dissolution of a failing watershed association that lacked leadership and direction. The FLI staff are continuing to provide support and guidance to our organization and have provided meeting and office space for us as needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The technical, logistical and water quality research support provided by Finger Lakes Institute has allowed our organization to increase our membership and provide educational programs for our members on current watershed issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Excellent! Sheila Myers (education director) puts together excellent workshops and makes sure the website is current and up to date. She brings in experts from the Hobart and William Smiths colleges and works closely with teachers throughout the Western NY/Finger Lakes area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I use what I've learned in Institutes and Workshops with my students. Sheila has come in as a guest speaker in my class on several occasions, and I've taken groups of kids out on Seneca Lake though the Science on Seneca program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The information presented is valuable and I can use what I learn with my students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful, and always get back to me promptly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach even more teachers and students through locally based workshops and institutes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

FLI is unique in that it is a consortium of area colleges, offering teachers outstanding opportunities for professional development. Learning first hand from professors and professionals in the field of environmental science helps teachers assimilate the latest research in environmental science. FLI hosts classes in a state of the art green building on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The facilities include a laboratory and research vessel for limnology study.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ability to connect students with local environmental issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything. FLI communicates throughout the year with teachers about upcoming workshop opportunities, and provides resources that teachers can use in the classroom. I am very pleased with FLI's vision.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excellent programs offered to teachers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund grants for field trips and curriculum work, offer more workshops, purchase more equipment (including boats), organize world-wide, free expeditions for environmental work/study.

Ways to make it better...

sorry, cannot think of anything.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

public school budgets prohibiting field trips for scientific research.

One thing I'd also say is that...

other science teachers should take advantage of the programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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