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For Release: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Reinstein Woods Fall Festival Will Feature Recycling Theme

15th Annual Fall Festival Slated for September 19, 2015

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to the 15th Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can spend the day enjoying nature activities, exhibits, live animals, music and more.

"We're excited to celebrate 15 years," said Meaghan Boice-Green, Reinstein Woods Education Center Director. "With interactive exhibits from more than 30 organizations, including many with live animals, the festival is a showcase of the best of Western New York's environmental and nature community

This year festival goers are encouraged to explore the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Families can bring old sneakers to the festival to be recycled, find out how to reduce home energy use from exhibitors like the NYS Department of Public Service, and reuse materials by making toys and crafts in the kids' craft area. There will be special exhibits about composting, as well as a Recycling Obstacle Course, games and a recycling-themed scavenger hunt.

Special demonstrations happen throughout the day. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., an Environmental Conservation Officer and his K9 companion Bear will demonstrate the "Duties of a Detector Dog." Smokey Bear makes a special appearance at noon when Ranger Kennedy demonstrates the job of a forest ranger. Visitors will be buzzing about the new observational bee hive in Reinstein Woods' education center and can learn about the importance of these pollinators at beekeeper Geri Hens' informative talk at 1:30 p.m. The SPCA Wildlife Department will talk about their efforts to rehabilitate wild birds at 3 p.m.

Kids and adults can also take part in perennial festival favorites like the Pond Exploration Zone, "snowshoeing" and simulated fly fishing. Boy Scout Troop 500 will sell food all day, and Mama Earth will provide musical entertainment. There will be something for everyone, rain or shine.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. A $2 donation to Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve is requested at the door to support the festival. For a complete list of festival activities, contact Reinstein Woods at 683-5959 or visit DEC's website and search for "Fall Festival."

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    Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
    93 Honorine Dr.
    Depew, NY 14043
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