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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Lily Pond at Reinstein Woods
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Come Discover Reinstein Woods

93 Honorine Drive
Depew, NY 14043
Phone: (716) 683-5959
Fax: (716) 686-0210
Direction to Reinstein Woods

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve - a unique 292-acre complex of forests, ponds, and wetlands surrounded by suburban development. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages. In addition to free guided tours of the woods, DEC offers a variety of special programs each month, including snowshoe and ski adventures, walks on seasonal topics, and a fall nature festival. DEC invites you to visit this fascinating area!

Transportation grants are available for most public and charter schools to visit Reinstein Woods. Visit NYS Parks Transportation Grants (leaves DEC's website) for more information.


Self-guided Interpretive Trails

The interpretive trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Visitors are requested to sign in and out at the main trailhead kiosk and obey the posted rules. Interpretive pamphlets corresponding to the Lily Pond Loop, Footprint Trail, and Beech Tree Trail are available at each trailhead kiosk or inside the Environmental Education Center. Interpretive signs are found along the State Symbols Trail and History Trail. Benches are available on each trail.

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Environmental Education Center

Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Closed Sundays and state holidays.

To learn more about the environmentally-friendly features of the Environmental Education Center, see the "Green" Environmental Education Center (PDF) (252 kB) brochure.

Wildlife to Watch for:

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Many species of wildlife native to western New York State, including white-tailed deer, beavers, waterfowl, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers and majestic great blue herons, live in or visit Reinstein Woods and thrive under its protection. Native wildflowers, ferns, and fungi are also found in "The Woods."

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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve features an
earth-friendly environmental education center

Accessible Features

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Wheelchair accessible Education Center and restroom facility. Trail surface from parking lot to Education Center is brick pavers. Other trails are flat or gentle grades with crushed stone and mowed grass surfaces.

The Education Center has a scooter available for those with limited mobility to borrow to explore many of the trails. Contact the Education Center for details: (716) 683-5959.

Reinstein Woods is included in the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center's online database. This database provides information about physical accessibility and social inclusion of recreation areas, facilities, parks, and programs from around the state of New York. View the complete site assessment for more information. (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)

A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.

Help Us Protect the Center's Resources

Reinstein Woods is part of the State Nature and Historic Preserve Trust. Visitors should become familiar with the regulations governing the use of state lands.

Please remember that the following are prohibited:

  • Bikes, skateboards, and motorized vehicles
  • Taking or releasing plants or animals
  • Hunting, trapping, and fishing
  • Pets and horses
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers
  • Camping and campfires

Please stay on designated trails to protect the environment and dispose of trash and recyclables in appropriate containers.

Reinstein Woods is within a 5- mile radius of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Therefore, please leave drones at home.

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