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For Release: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

DEC Invites Public to Discover the Great Outdoors at Reinstein Woods Festival

17th Annual Fall Festival Slated For September 16, 2017

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to the 17th Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga on Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can spend the day enjoying nature activities, exhibits, live animals, music and more.

Reinstein Woods Education Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green said, "With interactive exhibits from more than 25 organizations, the festival is a showcase of the best of Western New York's environmental and nature community."

This year festivalgoers can discover new ways to enjoy the great outdoors by exploring a variety of exhibits and presentations. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages will have the opportunity to practice observation skills on the Wildlife Spotters Trail or test navigation skills with the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team's compass course.

I addition, a scavenger hunt will lead families on an adventure through the festival as they search among exhibits from organizations like Penn Dixie Fossil Park, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Buffalo Zoo. Kids can try "snowshoeing" and simulated fly fishing on their way to the Pond Exploration Zone. DEC encourages children of all ages to engage in a variety of nature play activities including nature art and fort building.

There will be special demonstrations throughout the day. DEC Environmental Conservation Officer James Hunt and his K9 companion Bear will demonstrate the "Duties of a Detector Dog." Smokey Bear makes a special appearance during "The Job of a Forest Ranger." Andrea Locke of WNY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) will highlight local invasive species on interpretive walks offered throughout the event.

Additional opportunities at the festival include face painting from Cheektowaga YES and themed crafts. Boy Scout Troop 500 will sell food all day, and Mama Earth will provide musical entertainment. Activities will include something for everyone, rain or shine.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. A 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 Reinstein's festival webpage.

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    Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
    93 Honorine Drive
    Depew NY 14043
    716-683-5959
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