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Week of 19 May, 2013
Sunday - 5/19
6:00 PMEvening Bird Walk

Take a walk in the woods to look for and listen to birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Monday - 5/20
 Comment Period Ends for Draft Full EAF Workbook
Contact  Robert Ewing
518-402-9167 or email:

The DRAFT Full EAF workbook contains information to guide project sponsors and agency reviewers in the preparation and review of a Full EAF. It contains background information on topics and, when completed, will provide built-in-links to spatial data needed to answer the questions in the Full form.

Tuesday - 5/21
8:30 AMEducator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program featuring an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window on the world. The activity guide includes 96 lesson plans, correlated to national and state learning standards, including Common Core. For educators of students in grades K-8. Please note: This workshop will be held at the Pfeiffer Nature Center in Portville, NY. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with! Refreshments provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Wednesday - 5/22
No Scheduled Events
Thursday - 5/23
7:30 AMCitizen Science: The EARLY BIRDER

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be cancelled. For more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School

Join us for our weekly after-school outings for gradeschool children. A brief indoor introduction to the season will be followed by an outdoor exploration along Five Rivers’ trails, searching for signs of the season. Each week will feature a different nature theme, with a strong emphasis on direct interaction with the outdoors. These programs are free of charge, but space is limited. Registration for any date is required by the preceding Tuesday. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. In the event of inclement weather, outings will be cancelled. To register or for more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

4:30 PMAfter-School Escape

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.

Friday - 5/24
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 5/25

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning curriculum enhancement program for teachers and youth leaders focusing on forest resources. This hands-on workshop will introduce instructional activities which integrate nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement into early childhood education programs. Participants will receive a free PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Activity Guide full of instructions for hands-on activities geared for ages 3-6. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, May 22.

10:30 AMJewels of the Sky

On this guided walk we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies that may be in flight. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

11:00 AMFree Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic
Contact  Letchworth State Park (585) 493-3600

Free Learn to Catch a Fish Family Picnic
Letchworth State Park Trout Pond – near Trail-side Lodge
For more information: Letchworth State Park (585) 493-3600

Several free fishing clinics will be held in Western New York throughout late May and June, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These family-friendly events offer free instruction on basic fish identification, aquatic ecology, fishing equipment and techniques to anglers of all ages.

Tifft Nature Preserve Family Fishing Day Clinic
Tifft Nature Preserve - Buffalo, NY
Saturday, June 8, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration: Michael Todd (716) 851-7010

DEC/Erie Federation Youth Fishing Clinic
Chestnut Ridge Park - Orchard Park, NY
Saturday, June 22, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration: East Aurora Boys and Girls Club (716) 652-4180


Come learn all about turtles up close and personal as we celebrate World Turtle Day. Turtle expert Dee Strnisa will conduct an indoor overview of turtle natural history and the conservation challenges turtles face today, featuring live turtles. Afterward, Five Rivers staff will lead an outdoor search for pond turtles. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

April - 2013
May - 2013
June - 2013
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers General Meetings Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons Workshops

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