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Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods

Join us at the 17th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM!

This year's festival features a Great Outdoors theme! A donation to Friends of Reinstein Woods is gratefully requested at the door to cover festival expenses. No registration required.

A young girl trying out snowshoes at the Fall Festival.

All Day Events

  • Interactive exhibits from more than 30 local nature, environmental and historical organizations
  • Pond Exploration Zone
  • Scavenger hunt (win a prize!)
  • Nature Play Stations
  • Wildlife Spotter's Challenge
  • Simulated Fly fishing for kids
  • "Snow" shoeing for kids
  • Crafts for kids
  • Live animals
  • Games
  • Food for sale by Boy Scout Troop 500 and Yogurt Shack
  • Face painting, costumed characters, door prize, and more!

2017 Special Events

Duties of a Detector Dog

10:00 AM and 12:00 PM

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

The Job of A Forest Ranger

11:00 AM

Smokey Bear will make a special appearance after DEC Forest Ranger Kennedy demonstrates fire prevention and forest fire-fighting techniques.

Musical Performances by Mama Earth

Noon and 2:00 PM

Don't miss this interactive musical show!

Invasive Species Walk and Talk: Forest Pests

1:00 PM

Join WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) and discover how invasive insects such as Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and the Asian Longhorned Beetle can impact forests like Reinstein Woods. Learn about simple steps you can take to help Stop the Invasion!

Hike with Erie County Park Ranger

1:30 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!

Invasive Species Walk and Talk: Invasive Plants

3:00 PM

Join WNY PRISM to discover a wide range of invasive plants, the impacts they have on the environment, and some simple steps you can take to help Stop the Invasion!


Enjoy interactive exhibits from nature and environmental organizations!

  • Boy Scouts of WNY
  • Buffalo Audubon Society
  • Buffalo Geological Society
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
  • Buffalo Zoo (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
  • Cheektowaga Historical Association
  • Cheektowaga Recreation Department
  • Cheektowaga Y.E.S. (Youth Engaged in Service)
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension/ WNY EAB Task Force
  • Cub Scout Pack 616
  • DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • DEC Division of Forest Protection
  • DEC Division of Lands and Forests
  • DEC Division of Law Enforcement
  • DEC Great Lakes Program
  • Erie County Dept. of Environmental Protection/ WNY Stormwater Coalition
  • Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm
  • Earth Spirit Educational Services
  • Erie County Park Rangers
  • Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Federation of Fly Fishers- Lake Erie Chapter
  • Friends of Reinstein Woods
  • Girl Scouts of WNY
  • NYS Parks Interpretive Programs Office
  • Niagara Frontier Koi & Pond Club
  • Niagara Frontier Search & Rescue
  • Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
  • SPCA Wildlife Department
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
  • US Department of Agriculture (APHIS)
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • WNY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)

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  • Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
    93 Honorine Dr.
    Depew, NY 14043
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