This moderate hike took us through a number of habitats where we discussed and studied where possible, plant species native to the Western New York region We’ll explore the value these plants contribute to their ecosystems, including how they interact with other species, such as insects, birds, and mammals. Because of COVID there was a Maximum of 25 people. Walk Presentation by Maryjo Graham. Oakmoss Education was founded by Mary Jo Graham, who has had a fascination with our natural world since her teen years. Mary Jo graduated Summa Cum-laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Environmental Studies focusing on education and Native American culture. She has worked as a Naturalist for well-respected environmental education and community organizations, developing programs and teaching at schools as well as to the general public. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Erie Community College teaching courses in the Environmental Science program and co-managing the establishment of natural regeneration areas at South Campus.

In 2020, Mary Jo received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for her work at SUNY Erie. For more information, see