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Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Guided Lessons and Special Programs

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is a place for adults and children alike to explore, learn and grow. There are a number of special programs and services available to teachers and schools in the area.

Guided Lessons at Five Rivers

Five Rivers offers guided outdoor lessons for school groups from Pre-K through 7th grade throughout the fall, winter and spring. The Guided Lessons page briefly describes the lessons available each season, along with other information that a class visiting the Center would need to know.

Summer Teacher Fellowship

The Summer Teacher Fellowship, a competitive annual award funded by the Friends of Five Rivers, is a unique opportunity for a teacher to develop skills and knowledge of environmental education, working side by side with Center staff. It is a three-week term held between July and August. Visit the Summer Teacher Fellowship page to learn how to apply for this innovative program.

Marvelous Maples

Held only during the month of March, Marvelous Maples is a "hands-on" guided lesson demonstrating the process of maple sugaring. Some basic concepts of forestry and tree identification also are covered. Students are able see and participate in the entire sugaring process from sap to syrup. Best of all, they get to taste the sweet result.

Five Rivers Tails by Mail

Five Rivers has developed educational kits on a variety of environmental topics especially for teachers and youth leaders. Each Tails by Mail kit features biological specimens, books, pamphlets, posters and curriculum enhancement ideas which can help teachers meet NYS standards and enhance classroom instruction. Funded by Friends of Five Rivers, the kits are available on a reservation basis, either by (pre-paid) mail or (free) pick up, and may be borrowed for up to two weeks.

More about Guided Lessons and Special Programs:

  • Marvelous Maples - A hands-on lesson in March teaching the process of maple sugaring to school and youth groups by Five Rivers staff.
  • Guided Lessons at Five Rivers - Guided lessons offered to classes and groups by center staff.
  • Five Rivers' Tails by Mail - Thematic educational kits featuring biological specimens, posters and curriculum enhancement ideas available to teachers and youth leaders by mail or pick up.
  • Summer Teacher Fellowship at Five Rivers - This is an unique opportunity for teachers to develop their skills and knowledge of environmental education at Five Rivers.