Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

For Release: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Local Students to Become Scientists for 'Day in the Life of the Buffalo River'

Annual Event Connects Students with Buffalo River Watershed

On Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from area schools will collect scientific information and share during a "Day in the Life of the Buffalo River." New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, is sponsoring this sixth annual event.

During this event more than 300 students from 14 local schools and home school groups will collect scientific data along the Buffalo River and its major tributaries, creating a snapshot of the watershed. Students will use hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, measure water clarity, test water chemistry, and investigate aquatic life. The data collected by students will be posted online to allow classes to compare results with other sites and data from previous years.

The program is modeled on the Hudson River Estuary's "Day in the Life" program established 15 years ago. At each site, an environmental educator from Reinstein Woods or a partnering organization will assist students and share their own knowledge of the river's watershed. Participating schools, partners, and event locations are listed in the table on the following page.

To schedule a visit to a participating site, or for more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959.

Participating Sites
School Watershed Location Partnering Organization
Blasdell Elementary Harlem Road Fishing Access, Buffalo NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Cleveland Hill School Como Lake Park, Lancaster NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Depew High School Depew High School, Depew NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Homeschool Cazenovia Park, South Buffalo NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Kenmore East High School Ohio Street Fishing Access, Buffalo NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Lasalle Preparatory School Red Jacket Riverfront Park, Smith Street, Buffalo Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Maryvale Middle School Elma Centennial Park, Creek Road, Elma NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Nichols School Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo NYSDEC Great Lakes Program
Randolph Academy Mill Road Park, West Seneca Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Stanley G. Falk School and Homeschool Borden Road Access, West Seneca NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
Stella Niagara Education Park Mutual Riverfront Park, Hamburg St, Buffalo NYSDEC Great Lakes Program
Tapestry Charter School Burchfield Nature Center, West Seneca US Fish and Wildlife Service
Williamsville East High School Elma Village Green, Bowen Road, Elma NYSDEC Reinstein Woods
  • Contact for this Page
  • Megan Gollwitzer
    Office of Communication Services
    NYSDEC
    270 Michigan Avenue
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    716-851-7201
    email us
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to Region 9