Wednesday, September 27th 2017

1:30 PM

Five Rivers - Talk 'n' Trek: Hunting for Nature

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Talk ‘n’ Trek Hunting for Nature (and perhaps a geocache or two!)

Each week a vessel containing natural materials such as furs, skulls, or feathers will be hidden for us to find using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Once found, we’ll investigate the item(s) using reference materials to determine who/what it belongs to and how it fits into Five Rivers’ ecosystem. GPS units will be provided. No previous experience is needed. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Time & Dates: Series of five Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, (rain date October 25)

Fee: $50 (Proceeds support the Guided School Program Scholarship Fund)

Registration: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or 518-475-0297

Thursday, September 28th 2017

7:30 AM

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: Early Birder

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I Bird NY

Citizen Science: Early Birders

Celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of fall bird migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291.

Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7:30 AM

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

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Date/Time: Thursdays, June 1 through October 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. Volunteers in the United States, Canada and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Meet at the Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail kiosk, at the south end of our parking lot. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Outdoors After School

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Family Fun: Outdoors After School

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? It's time to get your wiggles out!  Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore outdoors. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 14 through October 26, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Saturday, September 30th 2017

10:00 AM

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail

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Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail

Join us on Saturday, September 30 @ 10:00 am while we take a walk along the Beaver Tree Trail to see what the beaver are up to. We’ll watch for turtles, ducks and other critters that share this habitat as we check the status of the beavers’ dam and lodge.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Mini-beasts

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Watchable Wildlife: Mini-Beasts

They can be colorful, camouflaged, noisy or quiet. Some we love, and some we prefer to keep our distance from. What are they? Insects! On Saturday, September 30th @ 2:00 pm we’ll sweep-net for these small critters and learn how they are adapted to survive, from finding food to avoiding predators, and how they prepare for the coming winter.

Monday, October 2nd 2017

7:00 PM

Five Rivers - HMBC Speaker Series: Birding the Rio Grande Valley

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HMBC Speaker Series: Valley of Birds - Birding the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Laredo

Monday, October 2, 7:00 to 9:00 PM join members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for their monthly speaker series. Details for this month’s program, presented by Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, are at https://hmbc.net/content/valley-birds-birding-rio-grande-valley-brownsville-Laredo.

Wednesday, October 4th 2017

1:30 PM

Five Rivers - Talk 'n' Trek: Hunting for Nature

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Talk ‘n’ Trek Hunting for Nature (and perhaps a geocache or two!)

Each week a vessel containing natural materials such as furs, skulls, or feathers will be hidden for us to find using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Once found, we’ll investigate the item(s) using reference materials to determine who/what it belongs to and how it fits into Five Rivers’ ecosystem. GPS units will be provided. No previous experience is needed. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Time & Dates: Series of five Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, (rain date October 25)

Fee: $50 (Proceeds support the Guided School Program Scholarship Fund)

Registration: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or 518-475-0297

Thursday, October 5th 2017

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Date/Time: Thursdays, June 1 through October 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. Volunteers in the United States, Canada and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Meet at the Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail kiosk, at the south end of our parking lot. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Outdoors After School

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Family Fun: Outdoors After School

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? It's time to get your wiggles out!  Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore outdoors. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 14 through October 26, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Friday, October 6th 2017

9:00 AM

Five Rivers - Bird Seed Orders Due

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Feathered Friends: Birdseed Orders Due

The is the last day to order birdseed through the Friends of Five Rivers’ Annual Birdseed Sale is Friday, October 6th. This benefit sale not only helps the birds, but also generates supplemental funding for Five Rivers’ programming. Orders will be available for pickup at Five Rivers on Saturday, October 21.

For more information or an order form, visit www.friendsoffiverivers.org/node/73, or call the Friends at 518-475-0295.

6:30 PM

Five Rivers - Nightlife

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Nightlife

This program will explore the nighttime world through the ears and eyes of the animals that dwell in this mysterious realm. Join us on Friday, October 6, 6:30 PM for this mile-long walk as we learn about nocturnal animals through games, stories and our own nocturnal senses. This program is suitable for ages six years and up.

Saturday, October 7th 2017

10:00 AM

Five Rivers - Naturalists as Reading Partners

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Naturalists as Reading Partners

Join us on Saturday, October 7 at 10 am as we discover fall, both in the pages of a book and outdoors. We’ll read A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston, then go outdoors on a discovery walk to explore some of the themes in the book: plants and trees and their seeds. We’ll end by completing a craft in the visitor center. All are welcome, but the program is most appropriate for children ages 3-7. Adults must accompany children.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers - A Place Where Conservation Began

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A Place Where Conservation Began

Join us for an historical tour of Five Rivers. On this walk back in time, Center naturalists will lead an exploration of the many landforms and structures associated with the former Game Farm’s duck and goose propagation program. In the 1930s, the mallard was quite uncommon in the Eastern Flyway. Now, due mostly to the Game Farm program (1933-1970), it is our most common duck species.

Walking distance is about one mile. Please bring drinking water and appropriate footwear.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 8th 2017

8:00 AM

Five Rivers - HMBC Guided Program: Fall Migration

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HMBC Guided Program: Fall Migration

Explore Five Rivers’ trails with members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club on Sunday, October 8, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and watch for some of the many avian species found here this season. Details for this guided walk are at are at https://hmbc.net/content/five-rivers-environmental-center-3

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

1:30 PM

Five Rivers - Talk 'n' Trek: Hunting for Nature

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Talk ‘n’ Trek Hunting for Nature (and perhaps a geocache or two!)

Each week a vessel containing natural materials such as furs, skulls, or feathers will be hidden for us to find using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Once found, we’ll investigate the item(s) using reference materials to determine who/what it belongs to and how it fits into Five Rivers’ ecosystem. GPS units will be provided. No previous experience is needed. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Time & Dates: Series of five Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, (rain date October 25)

Fee: $50 (Proceeds support the Guided School Program Scholarship Fund)

Registration: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or 518-475-0297

Thursday, October 12th 2017

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Date/Time: Thursdays, June 1 through October 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. Volunteers in the United States, Canada and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Meet at the Nature’s Accessible Backyard Trail kiosk, at the south end of our parking lot. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Outdoors After School

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Family Fun: Outdoors After School

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? It's time to get your wiggles out!  Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore outdoors. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 14 through October 26, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Saturday, October 14th 2017

10:00 AM

Five Rivers - Oak Trees Feed the Forest

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Acorn, Acorn, Oak!: Oak Trees Feed the Forest

Ten-thousand acorns from a single tree? Wow! Come discover how these mighty giants provide food for many of the forest’s inhabitants on Saturday, October 14, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers - Leaf Peeping on the Wild Turkey Trail

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Fall Foliage: Leaf Peeping on the Wild Turkey Trail

The autumn foliage is varied and beautiful in New York’s Capital Region. Join fellow “peepers” on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 pm for a walk through Five Rivers’ fall colors.

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

1:30 PM

Five Rivers - Talk 'n' Trek: Hunting for Nature

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Talk ‘n’ Trek Hunting for Nature (and perhaps a geocache or two!)

Each week a vessel containing natural materials such as furs, skulls, or feathers will be hidden for us to find using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Once found, we’ll investigate the item(s) using reference materials to determine who/what it belongs to and how it fits into Five Rivers’ ecosystem. GPS units will be provided. No previous experience is needed. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Time & Dates: Series of five Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, September 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, (rain date October 25)

Fee: $50 (Proceeds support the Guided School Program Scholarship Fund)

Registration: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or 518-475-0297

Thursday, October 19th 2017

4:30 PM

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Outdoors After School

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Family Fun: Outdoors After School

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? It's time to get your wiggles out!  Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore outdoors. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Thursdays, September 14 through October 26, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Saturday, October 21st 2017

10:00 AM

Five Rivers - Bird Seed Order Pick Up

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Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Feathered Friends: BIRDSEED ORDER PICKUP

If you ordered birdseed from the Friends of Five Rivers, your order will be ready on this date. Please plan to pick it up then. If you have any questions, please call the Friends of Five Rivers at 518-475-0295.

Also on this date, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, please join us for an open house on bird feeding basics. If you enjoy observing birds, why not bring the birds to you? Join us at Five Rivers’ bird observation area inside the visitor center to learn how to attract birds to your home. We’ll discuss bird feeders, water features, and seed and other food sources. A demonstration of aids for seeing and hearing birds, suggestions for recording observations, and a preview of Project FeederWatch will add to your enjoyment of bird feeding. This is an open house event; come for a few minutes or a few hours!



10:00 AM

Five Rivers - Open House: Bird Feeding Basics

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Open House: Bird Feeding Basics

If you enjoy observing birds, why not bring the birds to you? Join us on Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Five Rivers’ bird observation area inside the visitor center to learn how to attract birds to your home. We’ll discuss bird feeders, water features, and seed and other food sources. A demonstration of aids for seeing and hearing birds, suggestions for recording observations, and a preview of Project FeederWatch will add to your enjoyment of bird feeding. This is an open house event; come for a few minutes or a few hours!