Hours and Services for Five Rivers Center
Hours of Operation
The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
The Visitor Center hours are:
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
**The Visitor Center is closed on state holidays**
Visitor Center - Enjoy stimulating exhibits, including a live merlin and an observation bee hive, scan the busy bird-feeding area from the viewing lounge, and chat with our friendly staff. A classroom, restroom facilities and a modest book shop also available.
Interpretive Trails - seasonal pamphlets available at trailhead kiosks (Braille, audio and large print formats available at the Visitor Center)
Other Trails - over 10 miles of nature trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Comfort Station - accessible bathroom facility open sunrise to sunset
Picnic Area - picnic tables and shelter adjacent to Comfort Station
Located in the Capital District, Five Rivers EEC provides a variety of easily accessible programs and services for individuals, families and organized groups. In recognition of outstanding interpretive programming, the National Park Service has designated Five Rivers EEC a National Environmental Study Area. The Center's staff encourages your interest, participation and involvement. Come explore the Center's grounds, enjoy the public programs and use our many services, which include:
- public programs, guided walks and demonstrations on a variety of environmental and natural history topics
- teacher workshops, school site consultations and professional advice
- workshops providing in-depth coverage of environmental topics and outdoor skills
- guided lessons for schools and youth groups
- self-guided opportunities
- Teacher Resource Loan Library offering posters, books, videos, curriculum guides and biological specimens
- Talking Book Loan Library for the visually impaired
- meeting facilities for environmental and civic group use
- access to programs and facilities for people with disabilities
- Naturalist Intern Program - a training internship available to those seeking professional experience in environmental education
Facilities: All amenities of the Visitor Center, Comfort Station, picnic area, Woodlot Trail and Nature's Backyard Trail are wheelchair accessible, as are several hard-surfaced interior routes
Programs: Sign interpreters are available upon request
Services: Braille, large print and audio format interpretive guides, wheelchairs and walkers are available upon request.
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 (link leaves DEC website) page to see the regulations concerning centers; visit the Regulations and Enforcement (link leaves DEC website) page for other regulations regarding the use of state land .
Please remember that the following are prohibited:
- Bikes, skateboards, and motorized vehicles
- Collecting, releasing, disturbing or destroying plants or animals
- Collecting, disturbing or destroying cultural material
- Hunting, trapping, and fishing
- Pets and horses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Glass containers
- Camping and campfires
Please stay on designated trails to protect the environment for all visitors.