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Week of 8 October, 2017
Sunday - 10/8
8:00 AMFive Rivers - HMBC Guided Program: Fall Migration
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

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



Monday - 10/9
No Scheduled Events
Tuesday - 10/10
No Scheduled Events
Wednesday - 10/11
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



4:00 PMReinstein Woods - Teachers in Nature: Prof. Dev. Series - Schoolyard Habitat
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Sign up for one or more workshops to learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



6:30 PMReinstein Woods through the Years
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Join former intern Jerry Krajna to learn about the history of Reinstein Woods, as well as his own perspective of the changes over the past 10 years. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Thursday - 10/12
10:00 AM15th Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary and Harbor
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html
Contact  Rebecca Houser
hrep@dec.ny.gov; 845-256-3016

On Thursday, October 6th, shorefronts along the Hudson River and the piers of New York Harbor will be busy with activity as thousands of students armed with seine nets, minnow pots, and water testing gear collect data on many of the Hudson’s 200-plus species of fish and myriad invertebrates, track the river’s tides and currents, and examine water chemistry and quality.

The annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary” gives school classes the opportunity to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques and provides a snapshot of the river’s ecology on a single day.

For more information please visit DEC’s website.



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



 Reinstein Woods - After School Escape
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.



Friday - 10/13
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 10/14
10:00 AMFive Rivers - Oak Trees Feed the Forest
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

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.



10:30 AMReinstein Woods - Fun Guy's Guide to Fung
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Our knowledge of fungi has mushroom for improvement to say the yeast. Come learn about these mysterious organisms with former intern Marcus Rosten and by the end we’re sure you’ll be lichen them! Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



1:00 PMReinstein Woods - Passport to Play
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Families can enjoy a woods walk and learn new nature play ideas to try at home. Participants will use their Passport to Play to guide them through several outdoor fall adventures. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFive Rivers - Leaf Peeping on the Wild Turkey 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

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.



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