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Week of 7 July, 2013
Sunday - 7/7
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 7/8
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 7/9
6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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 - 7/10
 Black Sea Bass Season Opening Day
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
631-444-0430 or fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The black sea bass open season is from July 10 through December 31. Anglers may keep 8 fish daily that are each a minimum length of 13 inches.

As a reminder, salltwater anglers who are not fishing aboard a party or charter boat, and who are 16 and older must be enrolled in the free 2013 recreational marine fishing registry before going fishing. More information is available on DEC's Recreational Marine Fishing Registry web page.



10:00 AMEducator Workshop: Project Learning Tree (Old Westbury)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

An award-winning curriculum that uses the forest as a "window" to help students in grades pre-k to 8 and educators gain awareness and knowledge of the natural world.  Much of the curriculum focuses on practical, familiar examples of trees, plants, and household products to paint a broader picture of the issues facing the environment today.  Participants receive a free PLT curriculum guide upon completion, and free admission to Old Westbury Gardens for the day.  (www.plt.org)

Location:  Orchard Hill at Old Westbury Gardens, Nassau County

Registration Required:  education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us  /  631-444-0347



6:00 PMLakeside Fishing Clinic at Lake Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County
Contact  I FISH NY - Long Island
631-444-0283

Lake Ronkonkoma County Park - Town of Brookhaven Beach
Geared to families. Basic instruction focuses on fish identification, techniques, regulations and stewardship practices. Open fishing to follow. Clinic runs from 6 p.m. to sunset.  Call I FISH NY staff at 631-444-0283 to register.


6:30 PMFamily Nature Hour
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Hands-on activities enable families to investigate nature together on a different topic each session. Please note: This program will take place at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library at 1030 Losson Road in Cheektowaga. For more information and to sign up, contact the library at 716-668-4991.


Thursday - 7/11
10:00 AMEducator Workshop: Project WILD (Old Westbury)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This award-winning workshop offers lessons and activities intended to teach wildlife-based conservation and environmental education to teachers and community leaders.  The goal is to foster a sense of stewardship in students in grades K-12, promoting responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.  Participants receive a free Project WILD curriculum guide upon completion, and free access to Old Westbury Gardens for the day. 

Location:  Orchard Hill at Old Westbury Gardens, Nassau County

Registration Required:  education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us  /  631-444-0347



1:30 PMEducator Workshop: Flying WILD (Old Westbury)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This exciting workshop introduces middle school students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects.  Flying WILD also supports educators by providing opportunities to inspire students to discover more about the natural world, helping them understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation.  Participants receive a free Flying WILD curriculum guide upon completion, and free access to Old Westbury Gardens for the day. 

Location:  Orchard Hill at Old Westbury Gardens, Nassau County

Registration Required:  education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us  /  631-444-0347



6:30 PMIntroduction to Geo-caching
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

You will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to find hidden clues to solve nature mysteries. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Friday - 7/12
10:00 AMAquatic Exploration
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us as we grab nets and scoop in the pond to search for aquatic animals. For children ages 6 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Saturday - 7/13
10:00 AMWatchable Wildlife: Beginning Birdwatching
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start this fascinating hobby. On this indoor/outdoor clinic, Five Rivers staff will provide an overview of tools and techniques to help you tell the catbirds from the cowbirds in your dogwoods. Afterward, staff will lead an outdoor search for common birds. Binoculars and bird guides are available for loan. This program is free and open to the public.



10:30 AMGrowing Garden Summer Series for Kids: Harvesting Veggies from Gardens (2 of 3)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Now that we have taken care of our vegetable plants, we will learn how to harvest the vegetables grown from them to produce more vegetables for the summer. You will be able to take vegetables home to eat. Participants are encouraged but not required to register for all three sessions. For children ages 6 to 8. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


2:00 PMFamily Fun: Reptiles for Kids CANCELLED
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

We're sorry, this event has been cancelled.


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