Discovering the Genesee was created by third grade students from the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York, as part of a Learning Expedition on local history. It is an example of a natural and cultural field guide that was in part created to fill an existing gap in the resources available to students about the early history of Rochester.
Second grade students at Conservatory Lab Charter School created this book during an in-depth study on snakes. During this exhibition, the students cared for Lily, an albino corn snake, in their classroom. This opportunity allowed students to study a live snake, and for the students to conquer any fear they might have of snakes. Also, as part of their research for this project, the students visited the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology to conduct fieldwork.