Saturday, September 25th 2021

 

Free Fishing Day in New York State

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html

During Free Fishing Days, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! 

All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

Use NYS Free Fishing Days to:

  • Try fishing for the first time.
  • Haven't fished in a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!
  • Become an ambassador to the sport; take a friend fishing for the first time.
  • Invite a friend to New York to fish.
  • Take a spouse or significant other fishing.
  • Take the family fishing...and don't forget the grandparents!

9:45 AM

Five Rivers: The Nature Bus Connects You with Five Rivers

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

Hop on the free Nature Bus in Albany every Saturday to enjoy scenic outdoor walks or programs at Five Rivers and other natural areas in Albany County. Stay for the day or visit multiple locations along the bus route.

Route details, including the schedule and destinations, can be found on CDTA’s website

10:00 AM

Five Rivers: How to do it: Learn to Fish

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

Double the fun while celebrating one of New York State’s free fishing weekends by joining us for a caregiver and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. Guides will share information about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Bait worms provided.

 Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 22 to register.

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Outdoor Skills

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

In this program, you will build an emergency shelter from natural materials and practice navigation and fire building techniques. 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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

Second Annual Long Island Women’s Fishing Expo at Connetquot River State Park

Free event hosted mainly by women, for women. New location with emphasis on fly-fishing—arranged by the  FISH NY program of the DEC in cooperation with Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Activities include, Fly-Fishing Clinic, Fly-Casting Instruction, Basic Knot Tying, Fly-tying Demo, Trout Hatchery Tour, Fisheries Management Info., Advanced Fishing info., and much more. 

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve,  North Great River/Oakdale

How: Pre-Registration is required - call 631-444-0280 or email fwfish1dec.ny.gov with the subject title “Women’s Fishing Expo”

Cost: $8 parking fee / Free with Empire Pass

Monday, September 27th 2021

1:00 PM

Facebook LIVE - Tree Planting at Mills-Norrie State Park

https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/

Join DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program staff for a tree planting as a part of the Scenic Viewshed Restoration at Mills-Norrie State Park in Staatsburg, NY.

DEC has partnered with NY State Parks & Historic Sites and the Student Conservation Association to finalize this ecological restoration project, meant to demonstrate best practices for restoring the ecology and beauty of recently cleared scenic views. The work will involve planting and protecting trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, and sowing meadow seed within the viewshed of a newly-created Hudson River vista. 

For questions about the event please click here to contact Nate Nardi-Cyrus via email >>

Tuesday, September 28th 2021

5:00 PM

Facebook LIVE - Adaptive Fishing Clinic

https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/

Tune in while DEC Educator Betsy Ukeritis joins Rochester Accessible Adventures during their adaptive fishing clinic at DEC’s Black Creek Fishing Access Site in Region 8. 

More information about this event >> (leaves DEC website)

Thursday, September 30th 2021

7:30 AM

Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Early Birds

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

Celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of the fall bird migration. Meet in front of the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs may be canceled.

Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday prior to register.

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Community Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

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

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and contributed to the University of Minnesota’s continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico, and United States). Go to monarchjointventure.org/mlmp to learn more about the project.

For this program, meet at the pavilion near the main parking lot.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday  before the program to register

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring

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

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. You can join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register. 

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School

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

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Wednesday before the program to register.

5:00 PM

NYSDEC Pop-up Fishing Clinic - Kissena Park

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Learn the basics of fishing with all the equipment, bait and instructions provided, no fishing license necessary.

Saturday, October 2nd 2021

9:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Forest Bathing and Yoga

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

Friends of Reinstein Woods is partnering with Yogis in Service for this special event! Enjoy a forest bathing experience in Reinstein Woods, followed by a yoga session with a Yogi in Service instructor. Learn more and register on the Yogis in Service website at https://www.yogisinservice.org/  

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 this program. Register on the Yogis in Service website at https://www.yogisinservice.org/ 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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: Guided Walk: Old Field Trail and Beyond

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

Come explore one of Five Rivers’ busy trails as we look for insects, rabbits, and deer that travel these paths frequently. We will take a walk through multiple habitats as we search for the animals that call Five Rivers home. All ages welcome.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 29 to register.

11:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Nature Guide’s Choice

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

Join a guided nature walk through the woods. 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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: What can the sun do for you?

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

Come learn about the different ways solar energy can complement your current lifestyle. There will be different items on display to observe, touch, and ask questions about. Perhaps this will be the inspiration you need to try a new technology that helps combat climate change.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 29 to register.

Monday, October 4th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Who: Families or Friend Groups* Maximum Group Size: 8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.
What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

3:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.
Who: Families or Friend Groups*    Maximum Group Size:  8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.

What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Wednesday, October 6th 2021

7:00 PM

Five Rivers: Guided Walk: Nocturnal wildlife walk

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

Come explore Five Rivers after dark as we discuss some nocturnal critters that call our site home. We will take a walk through the field and forest and perhaps we might hear the hoot of an owl or the howl of a coyote. All ages welcome.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Saturday, October 2 to register.

Thursday, October 7th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Community Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

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

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and contributed to the University of Minnesota’s continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico, and United States). Go to monarchjointventure.org/mlmp to learn more about the project.

For this program, meet at the pavilion near the main parking lot.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday  before the program to register

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring

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

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. You can join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register. 

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk 'N' Trek

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

TREE IDENTIFICATION by LEAF MORPHOLOGY

Become a part of a community of learners interested in exploring nature and sharing knowledge! Together we will explore leaf morphology including arrangement, shape, and margins.  Once understood, tree identification becomes a way to identify a variety of trees at Five Rivers. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Who: Adults individuals Maximum Participants:  8 Adults
Time & Dates: Thursdays, 1:00–2:30 PM, October 7, 14, and 21 (Rain Date: October 28)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $35 for members, $50 for non-members for all three weeks

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School

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

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Wednesday before the program to register.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School: Clay Critters

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

Come create your favorite animal out of clay and their diorama habitat out of a shoebox. We will talk about ecosystems and make sure our critters have the resources they need to survive in their mini habitat. This program is for children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Monday, October 4 to register.

5:00 PM

NYSDEC Pop-up Fishing Clinic - Kissena Park

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Learn the basics of fishing with all the equipment, bait and instructions provided, no fishing license necessary.

Saturday, October 9th 2021

9:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101

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

Learn how to identify birds by hiking the trails at Reinstein Woods in search of our fall migrants. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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: Carnivore Program

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

Come join two naturalists for an introductory slideshow on the carnivores that can be found here at Five Rivers. We’ll get a chance to handle pelts, skulls, and (fake) scat, as well as learn how to use iNaturalist to record carnivore signs and sightings so you can help us keep track of the wild carnivores that call Five Rivers home.

Recommended for ages 10+. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, October 6 to register.

2:00 PM

Five Rivers: Guided Walk: Fall Foliage Walk

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

Crisp air, crunchy leaves, vivid colors…let’s enjoy Autumn together! This guided walk will look for where color is popping most brightly at Five Rivers on this October weekend.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, October 6 to register.

Monday, October 11th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Who: Families or Friend Groups* Maximum Group Size: 8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.
What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

3:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.
Who: Families or Friend Groups*    Maximum Group Size:  8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.

What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Wednesday, October 13th 2021

4:30 PM

Reinstein Woods - Wild Wednesday

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

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a fun hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5. 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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, October 14th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Community Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

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

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and contributed to the University of Minnesota’s continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico, and United States). Go to monarchjointventure.org/mlmp to learn more about the project.

For this program, meet at the pavilion near the main parking lot.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Monday  before the program to register

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring

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

For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. You can join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register. 

For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and in compliance with guidance from New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing practices must be followed. Masks must be worn throughout guided programs, while at a roving program, and on the trails whenever a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals or households.  

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk 'N' Trek

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

TREE IDENTIFICATION by LEAF MORPHOLOGY

Become a part of a community of learners interested in exploring nature and sharing knowledge! Together we will explore leaf morphology including arrangement, shape, and margins.  Once understood, tree identification becomes a way to identify a variety of trees at Five Rivers. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Who: Adults individuals Maximum Participants:  8 Adults
Time & Dates: Thursdays, 1:00–2:30 PM, October 7, 14, and 21 (Rain Date: October 28)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $35 for members, $50 for non-members for all three weeks

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School

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

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Wednesday before the program to register.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School: Changing Leaves and Oak Trees

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

Come along for a fantastic day of creating fall-inspired crafts. From leaf rubbings to creating spinning tops from acorns, there’s so much to discover as the seasons change! This program is for children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Tuesday, October 12 to register.

Saturday, October 16th 2021

9:30 AM

Five Rivers: I Bird NY: Backyard Birding Basics

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

Drop in at the visitor center and check out the display highlighting our most common feeder birds and their favorite foods. Pick up a few tricks for attracting birds to your backyard.

10:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Autumn Colors

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

Fall foliage is a blaze of color, from flaming oranges and reds to subtle yellows. Enjoy the beauty of autumn’s trees on this guided walk.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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: Feathered Friends: Birdseed Order Pickup

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

If you ordered birdseed from the Friends of Five Rivers, your order will be ready on this date. Please plan to pick it up!

If you have any questions, please call Friends of Five Rivers at 518-475-0295.

10:00 AM

Fall Family Fishing Festival - Hempstead Lake State Park

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html

Join DEC for the Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park on Saturday, October 16th from 10am - 4pm.

Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

Rules for Attending a Free Sport Fishing Clinic During COVID-19

Per CDC guidelines, all unvaccinated individuals present at a DEC- approved free fishing clinic, including participants and volunteers must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

1:00 PM

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Changing Seasons

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

How do you know the seasons are changing? Join a guided nature walk to find out. 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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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.

Monday, October 18th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Who: Families or Friend Groups* Maximum Group Size: 8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.
What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

3:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.
Who: Families or Friend Groups*    Maximum Group Size:  8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.

What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Tuesday, October 19th 2021

7:00 PM

Five Rivers: Guided Walk : Nocturnal Wildlife

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

Come explore Five Rivers after dark as we discuss some nocturnal critters that call our site home. We will take a walk through the field and forest and perhaps we might hear the hoot of an owl or the howl of a coyote. All ages welcome.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Saturday, October 16 to register.

Wednesday, October 20th 2021

7:30 PM

Reinstein Woods - Full Moon Walk

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

Discover Reinstein Woods by moonlight on this guided evening walk.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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, October 21st 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk 'N' Trek

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

TREE IDENTIFICATION by LEAF MORPHOLOGY

Become a part of a community of learners interested in exploring nature and sharing knowledge! Together we will explore leaf morphology including arrangement, shape, and margins.  Once understood, tree identification becomes a way to identify a variety of trees at Five Rivers. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and bring along water and a snack. Please meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.

Who: Adults individuals Maximum Participants:  8 Adults
Time & Dates: Thursdays, 1:00–2:30 PM, October 7, 14, and 21 (Rain Date: October 28)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $35 for members, $50 for non-members for all three weeks

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School

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

Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Please call 518-475-0291 by the Wednesday before the program to register.

4:30 PM

Five Rivers: Outdoors After School: Clever Coyotes

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

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Coyote? Come learn about these fascinating animals with hands-on exploration of a coyote skull and pelt accompanied by fun interactive activities. This program is for children in grades K–5 and their caregivers.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Monday, October 18 to register.

5:00 PM

NYSDEC Pop-up Fishing Clinic - Van Cortlandt Park

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Learn the basics of fishing with all the equipment, bait and instructions provided, no fishing license necessary.

Friday, October 22nd 2021

7:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friday Full Moon Rambles

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

The full moon falls on or near a Friday each month this fall. During these guided programs, we’ll explore Five Rivers by moonlight. We’ll follow a different trail each evening, watching and listening for creatures of the night. Distance covered will be one to two miles.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Tuesday before each Ramble to register.

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

Saturday, October 23rd 2021

9:00 AM

Reinstein Woods - Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree

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

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program featuring an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window on the world. All activities are correlated to Common Core math and ELA standards. Six CTLE hours provided. For formal and non-formal educators of students in grades Pre K-8.

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. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • 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: Guided Walk: Carnivore Crawl

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

Come join two naturalists for a guided walk with the aim of finding carnivore tracks and scat, and practice using the app iNaturalist. This is aimed to be a follow-up program to our October 9 presentation on local carnivores, however, attending that program is not required.

Recommended for ages 10+.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, October 20 to register.

Monday, October 25th 2021

1:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

Who: Families or Friend Groups* Maximum Group Size: 8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.
What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.

3:00 PM

Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Field Trips

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

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this fall by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers!  Meet a Naturalist and begin an engaging hour of learning out-of-doors. Choose to become an ichthyologist studying fish or an entomologist collecting insects or an arborist identifying trees.

Late Fall Session: November and December

For complete information, including dates, fees, and how to register, go to FriendsofFiveRivers.org.
Who: Families or Friend Groups*    Maximum Group Size:  8 participants* / Friends Naturalist
*Groups containing 4 or more children must be accompanied by 2 adults.

What: Nature Fieldtrip; Choice of 3 topics – see website for details
When: 1:00–2:00 PM or 3:00-4:00 PM, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Registration or Questions: Contact Nancy Conway at gsp5rivers@outlook.com  or FriendsofFiveRivers.org.