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June 2017 | July 2017

June 2017

Five Rivers - Fit and Fun: Hike the Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday June 3, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
This 2-mile trail takes visitors along the edge of Five Rivers' largest field and into the forest. We'll look for deer, bobolinks and eastern bluebirds along the way. Sturdy shoes recommended. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Full Moon Walk at Amherst State Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Join us to look for nocturnal critters along the trails on the night of a full moon. Note: This program takes place at Amherst State Park. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Get Outdoors! Community Day
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Reinstein Woods is a great place to play, especially on Community Day! Join Reinstein Woods and the Towns of Cheektowaga and Amherst for a day of outdoor fun. Learn a new skill, including archery, birdwatching, geocaching or orienteering. Kids can enjoy face painting, nature play stations and old-fashioned activities with Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Nature walks, food trucks, basket raffle and more! No registration required for this free event. For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org or call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Turtle Talk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day by discovering their freshwater relatives here at Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Friends of Rogers - "Pond Life" Family Fishing Day
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join Friends of Rogers 4th Annual Family Fishing Day sponsored by Service Pharmacy. Family Fishing Day is a community-wide opportunity for visitors, particularly children, to fish Rogers Center ponds in Sherburne without holding an otherwise mandatory New York State fishing license. On June 17, join novice and seasoned anglers for a few rounds of catch and release from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view pond organisms beneath microscopes and get a "fish-eye view" of what these gilled friends like to eat. Thanks to Stewart's Shops, refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, visit friendsofrogers.org or call 607-674-4733. For directions to the center, please visit the Friends of Rogers web page (Leaves DEC website).

Five Rivers - National Pollinator Week: Bat Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday June 23, 2017 from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Did you know that bats are important pollinators of many plants, including peaches and bananas? Join us for an indoor presentation on bats and this special service they provide. Afterwards, we'll head outdoors to help count the colony of bats as they emerge from Five River's own bat barn. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Fishing
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday June 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Fun: Fishing
Celebrate New York State's annual free fishing weekend by joining us for a parent and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. Volunteers from the Albany County Conservation Alliance will share information about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories and good places to fish. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Parents and children must accompany each other. Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, June 21 to register or for more information. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #6
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

July 2017

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Annual Butterfly Census
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday July 1, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
What's red, white and blue and flutters in the wind? It and others like it are flying all over the grounds. Come join our annual census of local butterflies as we gently catch, identify and release specimens unharmed. Nets are welcome. Parents and children must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Friday, June 30. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Full Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Enjoy the light of the moon as we search for critters of the night. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek. Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Nocturnal Creatures
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Join former Naturalist Intern Matt Nusstein (winter/spring 2015) to search for creatures of the night on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - The Search for Monarchs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Learn about the monarch butterfly's life cycle and help us search for eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies during our hike. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Search for summer birds in the woods, such as gnatcatchers, kinglets, titmice and vireos. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact from fiction, and learn about the only true flying mammals. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Jewels of the Sky at Billy Wilson Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
On this guided walk, we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies that may be in flight. Note: This program will take place at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Bird Walk for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Take a walk to look for birds by the ponds and in the woods. Parent or caregiver must accompany child. For children ages 8-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.