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Wednesday December 28, 2022
10:00 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Snow snake is a traditional Haudenosaunee game played during the winter. The object of the game is to throw your snow snake (a straight tree branch) the farthest along a smooth trough made in the snow. Snow snakes come in various lengths. Five Rivers’ snow snake sessions will demonstrate how to prepare the branch for racing by removing twigs, sanding rough spots, decorating, and waxing. You will head home with a branch, sandpaper, and wax to use for the creation of your own unique snow snake by race day. Race day is February 23, 2023 (snow date February 24), with heats at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Who? Everyone! Adult individuals, friends, or families with children (6 family members maximum)

When? One-hour storytelling and instruction at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM, December 28–30, 2022 and February 21, 2023

Race Heats at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on February 24, 2022 (snow date February 25)

Where? In person at Five Rivers’ amphitheater

Fee?  Friends Members = $15/individual or $20/family; Non-members = $20/individual plus $5 for each additional participant; fees include materials. Organized groups (Scouts, schools, etc.), please email for rates.

Preregistration is required. For detailed information including fees, or to register, visit and look under the “Education Programs” tab.   

10:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

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
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map


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.


  • 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.

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