Friday, December 2nd 2022

4:00 PM

Five Rivers: Community Science: Owl Prowl

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join Five Rivers staff and bird experts from the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club as we survey owls at Five Rivers. Field parties will visit likely owl roosts to listen for their calls. 

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, November 30 to register.

Saturday, December 3rd 2022

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: Late Autumn Walkabout

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Take a long walk around Five Rivers to stretch your legs and relax your mind as we move toward the winter season. We’ll take a stroll in the fresh, crisp air and see what nature has to share.

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - The Ecology of the Bird Feeder

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Cozy up inside the Education Center to learn how to identify our feathered visitors and explore the ecosystem that forms at the feeders. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

11:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Bark, Bark, Bark

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

No dogs are allowed at Reinstein Woods, but you can join a guided, leisurely nature walk to identify some of the trees found here. Bring a hand lens and any guidebooks you may have. No registration required.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers: Family Fun: Sensory Walk and Play

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Bring the family on this discovery walk. Together, we will use our senses to find adventure along a nature trail. This program is geared toward families with children up to 8 years old, but older siblings are welcome to play with us, too!

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, November 30 to register.

Tuesday, December 6th 2022

9:30 AM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 

12:00 PM

Closure of Public Access Road Leading to Lows Lower Dam (Bog River Dam)

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/126617.html

As of December 6, the gate on the access road leading to the Bog River Dam (also known as Lows Lower Dam) will be closed to allow for significant construction needed to maintain the dam. The road will remain closed through the 2023 field season. All vehicles must be removed from the access road to dam and parking area near the dam by 12:00 p.m. (noon) December 6, 2022, Closure to the site includes river access and parking area at Lows Lower Dam, located near the end of State Highway 421. Construction activities will impact recreational users of the Horseshoe Lake, Hitchins Pond, and Lows Lake areas, including the cartop boat launch and parking area at the Lower Dam. Members of the public are encouraged to seek alternative paddling destinations during the construction project. Additional information can be found on the DEC website:  
DEC Announces Start of Lows Lower Dam Rehabilitation in Town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Wednesday, December 7th 2022

9:30 AM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 

7:00 PM

Five Rivers: Full Moon Ramble

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

The December full moon, sometimes known as the Cold Moon, features crisp air as wintry weather moves in. Dress warmly for this guided walk. 

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Monday, December 5 to register or for more information. 

In the event of poor weather, this program will be canceled.

Thursday, December 8th 2022

4:30 PM

Reinstein Woods - Educator Workshop: Freedom Seekers

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

The Freedom Seekers curriculum project helps educators to increase their knowledge of the Great Lakes and environmental issues while incorporating Environmental Justice Education (EJE) approaches to teaching. Register online at reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

Saturday, December 10th 2022

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: Family Fun : Winter Tales

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Where do turtles, frogs, and bees go in the winter? We'll start with a story to find out how some animals survive the cold, dark days of December. We’ll also meet Crane, our ambassador box turtle, before going for a short walk on the trails. For children ages 3–6, with an adult.

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Not a Creature Was Stirring

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Take a guided walk to learn about how our local wildlife get ready for the long winter season.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers: Family Fun : Nature Journaling for Kids

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

We are all artists if we give ourselves the chance! First, we’ll make nature journals using mostly recycled materials. Then we’ll play games to sharpen our observation skills and practice drawing objects found in nature. We will be indoors and outdoors for this program. 

For children ages 7 and up, with an adult.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 7 to register.

Tuesday, December 13th 2022

9:30 AM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 

Wednesday, December 14th 2022

9:30 AM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Beautiful Day Together

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Families with young children (ages 2–5) are invited to gather for the reading of a nature-themed story, then take part in theme-related activities. Take-home projects will be included. Each session includes three program days, with the activity running 9:30–11:00 AM. 

Session 1: 

November 1, 8, and 15 (rain date November 22) 

or 

November 2, 9, and 16 (rain date November 23)

Session 2: 

November 29, December 6 and 13 (rain date December 20)

or 

November 30, December 7 and 14 (rain date December 21)

Fee per session: 

$8 for Friends members, $10 for non-members; $5 material fee per child

Registration:

Visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org and look under the “Education Programs” tab for further information or to register. 

Thursday, December 15th 2022

8:00 AM

Five Rivers: Early Morning Bird Walk

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join us as we monitor the birds at Five Rivers. This outdoor survey begins at 8:00 a.m. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we'll head out on the trails. Beginners are welcome. 

Bring binoculars if you have them. We have a few to loan. In case of inclement weather, this program will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291.

Saturday, December 17th 2022

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: Guided Walk: Service Loop Trail

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Get your steps in you as you enjoy the wetlands, fields, and forests of the Service Loop in the company of a Five Rivers naturalist. It’s the start of winter, and that means there is plenty to enjoy out there. 

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Mixed Flock

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Join us as we search for winter birds that join feeding flocks. Binoculars provided. For adults and children ages 8 and older.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

1:00 PM

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Who’s Here and Who’s Not?

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

We’ll look for animal signs in winter on this guided walk. No registration required.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers: Presentation: Blizzards and Cold Snaps

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Ever wonder what causes a blizzard? Or the difference between a blizzard, a nor’easter, and a snowstorm? Join us for a lively talk about our local weather that will explain our winter phenomena. 

Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 14 to register.

Tuesday, December 20th 2022

2:30 PM

Five Rivers: Community Science: Winter Raptor Survey

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

People with bird-watching skills or the desire to learn are needed to help discover winter feeding areas of endangered raptor species. Volunteers meet at Five Rivers once or twice a month and spend an hour, centered around sunset, scanning for, and recording raptor species on Five Rivers' grasslands. Participants do not have to attend every session but will need their own binoculars. Study dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. 

Pre-registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 to register or for more information.

December 20 - training session from 2:30-3:30 p.m., followed by outdoor survey from approx. 3:30-5:30 p.m. (sunset at 4:28 p.m.)

January 10 - outdoor survey time approx. 3:30-5:30p.m. (sunset at 4:40 p.m.)

January 24 - outdoor survey time approx. 4:00-6:00p.m. (sunset at 4:57 p.m.)

Saturday, December 24th 2022

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: Family Fun : Crafty Critters

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Drop in and visit our make-and-take craft table. Use the materials provided to create a holiday greeting or gift for someone special, or make something for yourself (you’re special, too!). Make a card, a critter puppet, or get creative and come up with your own ideas. 

Please note that the visitor center will close at 3:00 PM this day.

Tuesday, December 27th 2022

10:30 AM

Five Rivers: Winter Break Story Time - Barred Owls

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join us for a storybook reading featuring a different New York native animal each day. After the story, meet one of our ambassador animals. For children ages 3–12, with an adult. No registration required.

Tuesday, December 27, 10:30 AM
Read about owls and meet a barred owl.

Wednesday, December 28, 10:30 AM
Read about pond turtles and meet a painted turtle.

Thursday, December 29, 10:30 AM
Read about snakes and meet a garter snake.

Friday, December 30, 10:30 AM
Read about box turtles and meet a three-toed box turtle.

Wednesday, December 28th 2022

10:30 AM

Five Rivers: Winter Break Story Time - Painted Turtles

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join us for a storybook reading featuring a different New York native animal each day. After the story, meet one of our ambassador animals. For children ages 3–12, with an adult. No registration required.

Wednesday, December 28, 10:30 AM
Read about pond turtles and meet a painted turtle.

Thursday, December 29, 10:30 AM
Read about snakes and meet a garter snake.

Friday, December 30, 10:30 AM
Read about box turtles and meet a three-toed box turtle.

6:30 PM

Reinstein Woods - Night Light Walk

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Bring your flashlights and lanterns to explore Reinstein Woods at night. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

Thursday, December 29th 2022

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Learn To Cross-Country Ski

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short, guided ski tour. $15/person, $10 for Friends members. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

10:30 AM

Five Rivers: Winter Break Story Time - Garter Snakes

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join us for a storybook reading featuring a different New York native animal each day. After the story, meet one of our ambassador animals. For children ages 3–12, with an adult. No registration required.

Thursday, December 29, 10:30 AM
Read about snakes and meet a garter snake.

Friday, December 30, 10:30 AM
Read about box turtles and meet a three-toed box turtle.

Friday, December 30th 2022

10:30 AM

Five Rivers: Winter Break Story Time - Box Turtle

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join us for a storybook reading featuring a different New York native animal each day. After the story, meet one of our ambassador animals. For children ages 3–12, with an adult. No registration required.

Friday, December 30, 10:30 AM
Read about box turtles and meet a three-toed box turtle.

Saturday, December 31st 2022

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - New Year's Eve Learn to Snowshoe Walk

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Say goodbye to 2022 by trying a new winter activity—snowshoeing! $10/person, $7 for Friends members. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: Family Fun: New Year's Craft Table and Scavenger Hunt

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Drop in and make nature-inspired crafts in the visitor center or pick up a scavenger hunt list and head outdoors. Our scavenger hunt suggests fun activities to complete alone or with friends and family. Check the activities off your list as each is completed. Complete at least 12 of the activities or make at least one craft and receive a free poster at the visitor center. 

Please note that the visitor center will close at 3:00 PM this day.

Sunday, January 1st 2023

9:00 AM

Five Rivers: Citizen Science: New Year's Bird Count

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Join local bird experts from the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for our 42nd annual New Year’s Day survey. Bring binoculars if you have them. Dress warmly. 

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, December 28 to register.

If severe weather is forecast, call on Saturday, December 31 to confirm the event will be held

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - First Day Hike

http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Ring in New Year’s Day with a hike led by a DEC Forest Ranger who will discuss how to prepare for any outdoor adventure. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Registration is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

10:30 AM

Five Rivers: Adventure NY: First Day Hikes

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Happy New Year! Start the year on the right foot with some outdoor fun. We’ll stretch our legs and clear our heads on two easy-paced guided walks for all ages. The morning walk will cover about three-quarters of a mile, while the afternoon walk will cover about one and a half miles. Dress for the weather. 

Space is limited for both guided walks. Call 518-475-0291 by Friday, December 30 to register. 

In the event of severe weather, these programs will be canceled.

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Adventure NY: First Day Hikes

https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Happy New Year! Start the year on the right foot with some outdoor fun. We’ll stretch our legs and clear our heads on two easy-paced guided walks for all ages. The morning walk will cover about three-quarters of a mile, while the afternoon walk will cover about one and a half miles. Dress for the weather. 

Space is limited for both guided walks. Call 518-475-0291 by Friday, December 30 to register. 

In the event of severe weather, these programs will be canceled.