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October 2019 | November 2019 | December 2019

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.

October 2019

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: World Habitat Day
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Celebrate World Habitat Day by exploring the habitats of Five Rivers! Join us for a short informational presentation about the habitats found at Five Rivers and the animals that call them home. Afterward, enjoy a guided nature walk along Five Rivers trails looking for wildlife and signs of their activity in their habitats. All ages are welcome.
  • 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 - The Great Reinstein Woods Treasure Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Embark on a nature play adventure with a self-guided treasure hunt. Follow the map to find your own hidden treasure and look for animals along the way! For children ages 5 to 10.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Nature Guide's Choice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Trek among the trees
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Let's seek out the best fall foliage at Five Rivers. The destination will depend on where the best colors are found in mid-October. Hike may be 2-3 miles, depending on 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 - The Amazing World of Lichens
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

  • Ever see green spots on trees or rocks and wonder what they were? They are not plants-they are lichens, which are a combination of fungi and algae. Starting in the classroom, we will learn how lichens help animals and people. Then we will explore outside and find these mysterious organisms. Designed for ages 10 and up.
  • 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 - Birding 101
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM

  • Learn how to identify the different raptors (birds of prey) found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Five Rivers - HMBC: Guided Program: Fall Migration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

  • Explore Five Rivers' trails with members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and watch for some of the many avian species found here in this season. Details for this guided walk can be found on the HMBC webpage (leaves DEC website).
  • 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: Remarkable Reptiles
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Reptile Awareness Day is coming up! Join us at Five Rivers to learn all about these cold-blooded animals. In this indoor presentation, we will discuss different types of reptiles, their adaptations, their habitats, and threats to their survival. Live animals will be shown (handling not permitted). All ages are welcome.
  • Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 16.

Reinstein Woods - Autumn Colors
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Fall foliage is a blaze of color, from flaming oranges and reds to subtle yellows. Enjoy the beauty of autumn's trees on this guided walk.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Nature Guide's Choice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM

  • Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

Five Rivers - How to do it: Bird feeding basics
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM

  • If you enjoy observing birds, why not bring the birds to you? Join us at Five Rivers' bird observation area inside the visitor center to learn how to attract birds to your home. We'll discuss bird feeders, water features, and seed and other food sources. A demonstration of aids for seeing and hearing birds, and suggestions for recording observations will add to your enjoyment of bird feeding.
  • 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: Leeches - The real vampires
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM

  • Lurking in the depths of New York's ponds, lakes, and streams are bloodsuckers fit for any Halloween tale. Come to Fiver Rivers to learn about leeches, vampires that aren't restricted to the nighttime. We'll be giving a presentation about these fascinating creatures, followed by a short hike to one of our ponds in search of these fluid feeders. All ages are welcome.
  • 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 - The Mysterious Lives of Crows
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM

  • Have you ever wondered why you see small groups of crows in summer and large flocks in winter? Did you ever wonder what they eat or what the sounds they are making mean? Learn the answers to these questions and many more while getting up close to one of New York's most brilliant birds. This indoor program featuring live crows is designed for teenagers and adults.
  • 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: Birding 101
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:30 PM

  • Learn which birds will be in the area for the winter season. For adults and children ages 8 and older.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

November 2019

Reinstein Woods - Sanctuary Stroll
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Curious about what's in the sanctuary portion of Reinstein Woods? Take a guided tour to find out! For adults only.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Nature Guide's Choice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Service Road Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • We'll stroll along the Service Road Loop Trail and enjoy the last of the fall colors, from the orange and gold of the trees to the purple of the asters.
  • 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: Animal Signs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Use your science senses to search for clues left by local wildlife.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Terrific Turkeys
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Feathers, flocks, and food! Join a Five Rivers Naturalist to learn all about wild turkeys. Through an indoor presentation, learn how and where wild turkeys live, then make a craft to take home. All ages are welcome.
  • Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, November 6.
  • 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: River Otter Ramble
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Does Five Rivers have river otters? Yes, indeed. Come discover the story behind the most charismatic of weasels. We'll start with an indoor talk, and then head outside to see some of their ideal habitat.
  • 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: Nature Guide's Choice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required.

Five Rivers - Guided Hike: Vlomankill Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Before the hectic time of year begins, take a break, slow down, and appreciate the beauty of the natural world all around you. The Vlomankill Trail is lovely in the fall as it guides you along the stream and through the forest. Several animals have been spotted along this peaceful stretch of Five Rivers. What will we see or hear today?
  • 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 - Turkey Talk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • During this indoor presentation, we will talk about the wild turkey and its local relatives as well as the history of this bird in New York State. We will also talk about how the population of this fascinating bird is doing and what you can do to help. This program is designed for teenagers and adults.
  • 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 - Explore Hidden Gems of Nature
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Have you ever visited Birdsong Parklands, Westwood Park, Lockport Nature Trail, or other hidden gems? Take a virtual walk to local parks and natural areas in this slideshow presentation. For adults and children age 8 and older.
  • Registration required; call 716-683-5959.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Join us for some gentle exercise to burn off the holiday calories on this walk of about 2 miles on one of Five Rivers' longest trails. We will amble along our managed grasslands and through a beautiful hemlock forest. We will look for animals and the signs they leave behind along the way. Please bring binoculars if you have them. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.