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Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods

Join us at the 18th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM!

This year's festival features a "Sustainable Earth" theme! The first 500 families will receive a reusable bag to take home, courtesy of M & T Bank. A donation to Friends of Reinstein Woods is gratefully requested at the door to cover festival expenses.

Bring household alkaline batteries for recycling. We encourage people to bring an old t-shirt to make into a reusable shopping bag, and bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during the festival. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will have rainbarrels available for purchase. No registration required.

A young girl trying out snowshoes at the Fall Festival.

All Day Events

  • Interactive exhibits from 35 local nature, environmental and historical organizations
  • Pond Exploration Zone
  • Scavenger hunt (win a prize!)
  • Eco-Tinker Nature Play Stations
  • Wildlife Spotter's Challenge
  • Simulated fly fishing for kids
  • T-shirt bag and seed bomb making
  • Live animals
  • Games
  • Food for sale by Boy Scout Troop 500 and Yogurt Shack
  • Face painting, Smokey Bear, costumed characters, door prize, and more!

2018 Special Events

Duties of a Detector Dog

10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Environmental Conservation Office Hunt and his K-9 partner, Bear, demonstrate how dogs assist in solving environmental crimes.

Type III Search & Rescue Demonstrations

11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM

How good are your search skills? Take part in a mini-search with the Niagara Frontier Search & Rescue Team! (at Flattail Lake)

The Job of A Forest Ranger

2:00 PM

DEC Forest Ranger Kennedy demonstrateshow drones help them do their job.(at Flattail Lake)

Musical Performances by Mama Earth

11:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Don't miss this interactive musical show!

Hike with Erie County Park Ranger

1:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Experience the beauty of Reinstein Woods with Erie County Park Ranger Jerome Krajna, who will share tips on how to have a safe and fun hiking experience anywhere!

Get the Buzz on Bees

12:00 to 4:00 PM

Fly on over to the Education Center to chat with a beekeeper at our observational bee hive. Learn about these important pollinators!


Enjoy interactive exhibits from nature and environmental organizations!

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Bring Your Own Bag Coaltion
  • Buffalo Audubon Society
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo Geological Society
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
  • Cheektowaga Historical Association
  • Cheektowaga Police Dept. Crime Prevention Unit
  • Cheektowaga Youth & Recreation Department
  • Cheektowaga Y.E.S. (Youth Engaged in Service)
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • DEC Division of Forest Protection
  • DEC Division of Lands and Forests
  • DEC Division of Law Enforcement
  • DEC Division of Materials Management
  • DEC Great Lakes Program
  • Earth Spirit Educational Services
  • Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm
  • Erie County Park Rangers
  • Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Fly Fishers International - Lake Erie Chapter
  • Friends of Reinstein Woods
  • Girl Scouts of WNY
  • Messinger Woods
  • New York Power Authority
  • NYS Parks Interpretive Programs Office
  • Niagara Frontier Koi & Pond Club
  • Niagara Frontier Search & Rescue Team
  • Penn Dixie Fossil Park
  • SPCA Wildlife Department
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • WNY Herpetology Society
  • WNY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
  • WNY Stormwater Coalition/Erie Co. DEP

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    93 Honorine Dr.
    Depew, NY 14043
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