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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 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.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Red Fox
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  • From tales to trails, we'll discover the red fox, an intriguing animal whose tracks traverse the Five Rivers landscape. An indoor presentation will be followed by a short outdoor walk.
  • Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, January 8.

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.

Five Rivers - Family Fun Guided Hike: Winter Walk on the Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • Join a naturalist on this easy trail that curves through Five Rivers' old field habitat, a protective shelter for animals of all sizes in the winter months. Rambling along this half-mile loop, we'll look for signs of wildlife and other winter wonders.
  • Participants may use snowshoes if conditions permit. Program is free but snowshoe rentals are $5 for big kids and adults; children's snowshoes are free.

Five Rivers - Family Fun Community Science: Holiday Bird Count for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • In late December and early January, birders across North, Central, and South America will be going afield to participate in the 120th annual Christmas Bird Count. At Five Rivers, young birders and their families are invited to participate in our Holiday Bird Count for Kids, a less rigorous version of the original. Sign up as a family or a group. We will provide the bird walk leaders. We'll begin with a "binocular boot camp," then send you out to count birds. We'll reconvene at the Visitor Center to compile our sightings, swap stories, and warm up with hot cocoa.
  • Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Monday, January 13, to register. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own.

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.

Five Rivers - Cardinals and Coffee
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Do you look out at your bird feeders and wonder what the names of those winter birds are? Stop in for a casual discussion and to look out at Five Rivers' bird feeders. We'll discuss tips for identifying our hardy winter residents. Coffee and tea as well as a limited number of binoculars will be available.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Winter Walk on the Service Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • The Service Loop has lots of interesting things happening along the trail, even in winter. The walk is a flat 1.5 miles that passes ponds, wetlands, mature forest, and grassland. See who is out and about with a Five Rivers educator. Bring your curiosity, questions, and warm footwear!

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.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Animal Tracks
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • What animals are enjoying the winter at Five Rivers? We can use animal tracks to find out! Join us to learn about animal signs, cast your own track to take home, and enjoy an outside walk searching for footprints. All ages are welcome.
  • Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, February 5.

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.

Five Rivers - Community Science: Great Backyard Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM

  • This weekend, birders all across North America will tally birds in their yard or local parks for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us as we count the birds at our feeding station, then venture outdoors for a short field count. Complete information will be provided on how you, too, can help the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology track the mid-winter distribution and abundance of birds from your own yard.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Squirrels for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • Bring the whole family for a brief presentation, walk, craft project, and game that will teach us all about the squirrels in our area. Some squirrels are common in our backyards and some you may never have seen. Explore the winter world of these entertaining acrobats through the tracks, food piles and nests they leave behind. Create your own flying squirrel and see if it can fly as far as a real flying squirrel. This program is geared toward children ages 5-10.
  • Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, February 12, as space is limited.

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.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Winter Wildlife
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • Some animals migrate, some animals hibernate, but what about animals like the blue jays and grey squirrels we see all winter? Join us at Five Rivers to learn about animal adaptations that allow some critters to survive the chilliest time of year. After an indoor presentation, we will take a walk outside to look for signs of animals. All ages welcome.

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.