For Release: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Reinstein Woods Offering New Programs in November
Programs Explore Writings of Aldo Leopold; Power of Animals
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be hosting two special programs at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga.
On Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m., Reinstein Woods Naturalist Intern Ben Carpenter will host "Axe in Hand: An introductory discussion of Land Ethic." The program will start with an introduction to the written work of Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife management and of the United States' wilderness system. The round table discussion will explore excerpts from his historic text on conservation, A Sand County Almanac.
Group members will be discussing Leopold's essay, Land Ethic, and what its implications are for the contemporary sustainability movement. In 1949, Leopold called for a land ethic that "enlarges the boundaries of the [moral] community to include soils, water, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land." The dialogue will be followed by an interpretive walk through Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, with discussion and reflection on themes from the book set in the local and regional contexts. Light refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m., families are invited to attend "The Power Animals of Reinstein Woods: What Does the Fox Really Say?" This family-friendly tour of Reinstein Woods will explore local Native American traditions that relate to wildlife. Many native beliefs include the idea that animals can teach us important lessons to guide us through our lives. Using animal Medicine Cards, participants will receive insight and life lessons from the local animals that live at Reinstein Woods.
Both programs are free; however registration is required. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. To register for either program, call (716) 683-5959. For a complete list of public programs offered at Reinstein Woods, visit DEC's website.
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is a designated New York State Watchable Wildlife site, where wildlife viewing opportunities abound. Learn more by visiting "Watchable Wildlife" on DEC's website.