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Tuesday February 21, 2023
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 23, 2022 (snow date February 24)

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.   

4:30 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

The Winter Raptor Survey is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Five Rivers and the wildlife that live here while helping biologists save these inspiring birds. Outdoor surveys occur every other week (weather permitting) throughout the winter. They start 30 minutes before sunset and end 30 minutes after. Volunteers meet at the visitor center and walk in teams to monitoring sites at Five Rivers. Volunteers do not need experience or to make a winter-long commitment. Study dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. 

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

Tentative Survey Dates:

(Weather dependent; subject to change at the last minute.)

Jan. 10 – Meet at 3:45 PM. Survey begins at 4:12 PM.
Jan. 24 – Meet at 4:00 PM. Survey begins at 4:29 PM.
Feb. 7 – Meet at 4:15 PM. Survey begins at 4:47 PM. 
Feb. 21 – Meet at 4:30 PM. Survey begins at 5:05 PM.
March 7 – Meet at 4:45 PM. Survey begins at 5:22 PM.
March 21 – Meet at 6:00 PM. Survey begins at 6:39 PM.   

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