Hours and Services of Reinstein Woods
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.
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.
Guided nature walks for the general public are conducted on Saturday at 10:00 AM. These tours last about 90 minutes. No registration is required, and there is no fee. Nature walks are held rain, snow, or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Seasonal nature programs are offered each month. Check the Current and Upcoming Programs for program schedules and more information. Advance registration is required for all programs, and some programs may have a fee for materials.
Snowshoe and Cross-country Ski Rental
During the Education Center business hours, visitors may rent snowshoes and cross-country skis to use on the self-guided trails. A minimum of 6" of snow on the ground is required in order to use the snowshoes and skis. Rental = $4.00/person; $2.00 for Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve (FORNP) members. Renter must be at least 16 years old and leave their driver's license or non-driver photo ID at the reception desk. FORNP members must show their membership card to receive the discount.
Guided nature walks for schools, scouting groups, and other organizations are available by appointment (minimum of 10 people). Please call to schedule group tours at least three weeks in advance of the desired date.
Reinstein Woods is an ideal outdoor classroom for students of all ages, offering the opportunity for hands-on learning in a variety of habitats. DEC offers age-appropriate lessons for school groups on topics such as pond life and animal signs to help students learn how to observe and appreciate nature. For more information, see the School Programs Brochure (PDF) (255 kB).
Reinstein Woods offers a variety of 3-hour and 6-hour workshops designed to help educators incorporate environmental education into their existing curriculum. These workshops also can be done at an individual school upon request. See the Current and Upcoming Programs for scheduled workshops. For more information about educator workshops, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.
Great Lakes Educator Program
Reinstein Woods invites educators to participate in a new professional development program designed to help teachers connect students to the Great Lakes through field-tested curricula, hands-on activities, and rewarding stewardship projects. The "Great Lakes Institutes" are 6-hour workshops that will introduce teachers to their school's watershed and provide teachers with standards-based curricula to use in their classroom. The workshops will be held in Erie, Niagara, and Monroe counties.
For a more in-depth training, educators can attend the Great Lakes Academy from July 16-20, 2012. In addition to the material covered in the Institutes, the Academy will cover local history, land use, invasive species, water quality testing and more. The Academy will also feature a Science Afloat program aboard Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education's Spirit of Buffalo schooner so educators can experience the Great Lakes up close. Teachers will receive a $200 stipend for attending the Academy and completing a stewardship project with their students. See the Great Lakes Educator Programs for more information.
You can sign up to receive an e-mail about the upcoming season's public programs and notices about special events at Reinstein Woods. To receive updates Subscribe to GovDelivery, enter the requested information and check the box next to "Reinstein Woods EEC" on the topics page.
Service project opportunities are available for schools, scouts, other organizations, and individuals. Projects support the goals and objectives of the Unit Management Plan, and have included invasive plant species removal and construction of deer exclosures to promote forest regeneration. Service projects at Reinstein Woods have been supported by funding from Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. For more information about service projects, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.
DEC is always looking for volunteers to help with leading tours and other activities such as trail maintenance and public outreach. It is a great way to meet new people while helping to protect and promote the Reinstein Woods. For more information, see the Volunteer Program.
Reinstein Woods offers offer ten- to twelve-week naturalist training internships to persons seeking professional experience in environmental education. For more information and an application, visit the Naturalist Intern Program web page. Educational credit for internships can be arranged with colleges that offer such credit.
Most of the trails at Reinstein Woods are compacted gravel/dirt roads; a few trails are covered with wood chips. Persons in wheelchairs and strollers frequently participate in tours. We also feature an accessible boardwalk leading to an overlook of the Lily Pond.
Help Us Protect the Center's Resources
Visitors to DEC's environmental education centers should become familiar with the regulations governing the use of the centers as found in the New York State Register and Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Go to DEC's Use of Environmental Education Centers page to see the regulations concerning centers; visit the Regulations and Enforcement page for other regulations regarding the use of state land.
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 for all visitors.
Please dispose of trash and recyclables in appropriate containers.
For more information on any of these services, call (716) 683-5959.