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Week of 24 September, 2017
Sunday - 9/24
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 9/25
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 9/26
No Scheduled Events
Wednesday - 9/27
1:30 PMFive Rivers - Talk 'n' Trek: Hunting for Nature
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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 - 9/28
 Urban Forestry: Submit Artwork to Promote Arbor Day
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/30859.html
Contact  Lands & Forests
arborday@dec.ny.gov

The Arbor Day Committee is now accepting original photography and/or artwork to be considered for the State Arbor Day Poster. Submissions deadline is January 5, 2018.



7:30 AMFive Rivers - I Bird NY: Early Birder
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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 PMFive Rivers: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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 PMFive Rivers - Family Fun: Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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 - 9/29
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 9/30
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Turtles
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Explore the world of turtles at Reinstein Woods, and meet our captive wood and painted turtles. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Mini-beasts
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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.



2:30 PMReinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #9
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Learn how to identify the different raptors (birds of prey) found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



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