Start off the New Year by making some "green" resolutions to help the Earth. Try some of the suggestions in this issue, or think up some of your own. Help count birds at Five Rivers Annual New Year's Day Bird Count. Attend the Annual Winter Living Celebration at Rogers Environmental Education Center.
Are all snowflakes really different? How does snow form? Learn all about snow in this issue and then head outside to collect some natural materials to make a "snowmobile". Go snowshoeing at an Environmental Education Center.
Why don't evergreen trees lose their leaves? Plan a winter garden for the animals that find refuge in your yard during the cold months. Learn to identify trees by their bark at Stony Kill Environmental Education Center or search for animal tracks at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
Burning too many fossil fuels is bad for the earth's health. You can do your part to help by making some simple changes around home. Cook campfire foods at Stony Kill Environmental Education Center. Learn to build a bluebird nest box at Rogers Environmental Education Center.
America Recycles Day is coming up on November 15. Draw a poster for the New York Recycles! Poster Contest or take a pledge to recycle more. Learn about predators of the night at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Discover how squirrels prepare for winter at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
There are about 7,000 black bears that call New York State home. Find out more about this misunderstood mammal, from what they eat to where they sleep in the winter. Bears are known for their incredible sense of smell--test your "smell sense" with a fun game. Visit an environmental education center for a Halloween festival and learn more about creepy, crawling and flying creatures.
Geese flying in formation through the sky are a sure sign that autumn is here. Count moon birds the same way that scientists did long ago. Visit an environmental education center and learn how animals prepare for fall, or just take a stroll to enjoy the season's beautiful colors.
Learn about the fascinating building skills of New York's official mammal. Build a miniature lodge of your own. Learn about mushrooms at Rogers Environmental Education Center, or go on a habitat hunt at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
Learn about the magnificent moose that are making their home in New York. Visit a nearby marsh or stay in your own backyard to see and hear local wildlife. Attend the Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
Minerals are everywhere-our homes and cars, even our food! Learn what products minerals are used to create. Do a little mining of your own or make some fossil art. Take a hike at an Environmental Education Center to look for signs of autumn's approach.
Lizards in New York? Believe it or not, four species of lizards call our cold climate home. Learn how lizards escape predators with a fun game of tag. Head out to Stony Kill Environmental Education Center to learn some wilderness survival skills, or visit Five Rivers Environmental Education Center to enjoy a family campout.
Put together a safety backpack and hit the trails with your family. Learn to make some out-of-the-ordinary lunches for your hiking trip. Enjoy a night hike at one of DEC's Environmental Education Centers.
Learn what you can do to keep our air clean. Test your yard or neighborhood for air pollution. Visit an environmental education center to explore the forest or pond life.
Take the family camping this year, whether it is in the backyard or at one of DEC's many campgrounds. Count butterflies or chase fireflies at a DEC Environmental Education Center.
Get an up-close look at a spider web and learn about how spiders catch and consume their prey. Learn about all sorts of insects at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center or take the family fishing at Rogers Environmental Education Center.
Create your own field guide about snakes found in New York. Check out what lives in the Hudson River at Stony Kill Environmental Education Center or help clean up trails at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
Did you know that some turtles can live to be more than 100 years old? Can you blend into your surroundings like some turtle species? Try a free fishing clinic or attend World Turtle Day at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.
Eating food grown locally is healthier for you and the environment. Learn to plant your own garden. Snakes, birds, frogs...wildlife watching opportunities abound at environmental education centers.
Why are watersheds so important? See the part plants play in the water cycle. Go on a snipe hunt at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center or prowl for owls at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.
Learn the history of Earth Day and celebrate by cleaning up your neighborhood with family and friends. Enjoy the first signs of spring at an Environmental Education Center.
Learn how delicious maple syrup gets from the tree to your table. Visit a maple sugar open house at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Learn fly tying in time for fishing season.
Take a walk on New York's wild side and learn about our diverse habitats. Help the birds make a cozy nest. Search for signs of spring at an Environmental Education Center.
Why does it snow in winter? Make your own thunderstorm with a few household items. Build a bluebird box, search the night for owls and coyotes at an Environmental Education Center.
Bring some color to a winter day - go on a bird scavenger hunt! Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Choose from dozens of events at education centers this winter break.
Learn basic map making skills and create a map of your backyard. Opportunities to try snowshoeing are available through the state over the next two weeks. Come learn a sport that is appropriate for all ages!
Measure your water usage and find out if you are a water waster. Have a sandwich/game night to save electricity. Turn off the lights and head outdoors to discover more about groundhogs, woodpeckers or animal tracks at a DEC Environmental Education Center.