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December 2019 | January 2020 | February 2020

For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, please visit the Five Rivers webpage.

For directions to Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center in Depew, please visit the Reinstein Woods webpage.

December 2019

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Preparing for Winter
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • A walk on the Beaver Tree Trail will present opportunities to observe how Five Rivers' wildlife is preparing for winter. We'll look for signs of beaver activity and the last of the ducks on the pond as ice starts to creep over the water's surface.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Trees in Winter
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk and learn how trees survive the winter season. No registration required.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Owl Prowl
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Join center staff and bird experts from the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club as we survey owls at Five Rivers. Field parties will visit likely owl roosts, then gather to compare findings.
  • Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, November 28.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Reinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5.
  • No registration required.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Join us on this mostly flat, mile-long stroll on the Old Field and surrounding trails. We will enjoy the cool air and the winter preparations of insects while meandering around ponds, fields, and forests. This event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or poor trail conditions.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Five Rivers - Guided Hike: Going Out On A Larch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Get outside on Larch Lane, part of the North Loop Trail, and visit the beautiful Jay's Home Run with a naturalist. This is a two-mile hike over some of the more remote trails at Five Rivers. Please wear appropriate footwear. The Friends of Five Rivers rent snowshoes for $5 a pair in the event of snow.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Fur, Fluff, and Fun
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • How do animals keep warm in the cold winter? Where is the bear? How about the hare? And the blue jay, does she go away? Beaver, coyote, rabbit, and deer, what is the warmest pelt you've ever felt? Come check out some of the furs we have at Five Rivers and check out who's hanging out at the bird feeders too.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Reinstein Woods - Winter Solstice Celebration
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

  • Enjoy a lantern-led evening walk as we celebrate the longest night and the return of light. Discover solstice traditions from around the world, search for nocturnal animals, and end the evening with warm drinks and snacks.
  • $5/person, children ages 5 and under free.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Not A Creature Was Stirring
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Animals have only one problem going into winter: how to come out the other side! Happily, critters have learned to cope with the season in many different ways. Join us for indoor stories and an outdoor study of winter survival strategies.
    Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other.
  • NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Winter Wildlife
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM

  • Look for signs of who is out and about in the winter woods, and discover how animals survive the cold.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

January 2020

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: New Year's Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Join local bird experts for our 39th annual New Year's Day survey. Seventy-one different species have been found at Five Rivers on Albany's "First Morning," and the birds found over the decades of this long-term study show interesting range changes for many species.
  • Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress warmly. If severe weather is forecast, call on Tuesday, December 31 to confirm the event will be held.

Reinstein Woods - First Day Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Ring in New Year's Day with a hike led by a DEC Forest Ranger, who will discuss how to prepare for any outdoor adventure.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - New Year's Bird Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 9:30 AM

  • Celebrate the beginning of a new year with a guided bird-watching hike on the trails. Learn how birds survive the winter and bring your binoculars to spot them!
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Animal Signs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk to search for signs of local wildlife. No registration required.

Reinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5. No registration required.

Reinstein Woods - Wolf Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, January 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM

  • Take a stroll under the full moon and learn the history of the Eastern coyote in New York State.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Armchair Birding
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  • Enjoy an intimate indoor birding experience as we learn to identify feeder birds while sipping hot drinks. For adults and children ages 12 and older.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Tracks in the Snow
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk to look for tracks left by our resident animals. No registration required.

February 2020

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Winter Scavenger Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk and use your senses to search through the woods. No registration required.

Reinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5. No registration required.

Reinstein Woods - Under the Ice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM

  • Come explore the winter world of our ponds! Children will participate in a hands-on indoor and outdoor exploration to discover how turtles, frogs, insects, and more survive under the ice. For children in grades K-5.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  • Join us for a morning snowshoe walk along the trails as we look for signs of wildlife.
  • Snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends members.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Join us for a morning snowshoe walk along the trails as we look for signs of wildlife.
  • Snowshoe rental: $5/$2 for Friends members.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.