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Environmental Education Centers and Programs

Smokey greets childrens at a DEC Education Center
Smokey greets guests at a DEC Education Center festival

DEC operates two fully staffed Environmental Education Centers offering classes and programs on environmental awareness around New York State. Each center has interpretive trails, exhibit areas, and meeting rooms and offers family events all year round. Classes for students include guided field trips through diverse habitats. Workshops for teachers provide opportunities for professional growth, and internships are available for people interested in pursuing careers in natural history or related fields. Visit our Workshops for Educators page to learn about what programs we offer to educators. Public programs include evening and weekend walks and talks on natural history topics, as well as large festivals.

Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Preserve (outside of Buffalo, NY) and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (outside of Albany, NY) are the two centers operated by DEC staff.

There are also three regional environmental education programs that offer professional development for educators, in-class and after-school programs on the environment, and public environmental education programs at fairs and festivals. The regional programs are located in DEC Region 1 - Long Island; DEC Region 2 - New York City; DEC Regions 6, 7, & 8- Western Adirondacks & Central NY.

The Hudson River Estuary Program also has an education and interpretation unit that focuses on Hudson River lessons and exploring the Hudson River Estuary. Their programs can be viewed on the Hudson River Estuary Program Education and Interpretation page.


More about Environmental Education Centers and Programs:

  • Naturalist Intern Program - DEC's environmental education centers offer 10- or 12-week internships for people interested in natural history, science education or other related fields.
  • AmeriCorps Members in DEC - AmeriCorps positions within DEC: SCA Hudson Valley Program, SCA Adirondacks Program, Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps, and West Seneca Service Action Corps.