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Thursday February 23, 2023
8:00 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

Join us as we monitor the birds at Five Rivers. 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.   

10:00 AM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

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.


  • 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.
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)


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.   

12:00 PM

What: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) 13-member Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG), established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. The Climate Justice Working Group is tasked with establishing criteria for identifying Disadvantaged Communities for the purposes of co-pollutant reductions, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, regulatory impact statements, and the allocation of investments pursuant to the CLCPA.  

This meeting will include the vote on the final Disadvantaged Communities criteria. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or listen to the meeting via webcast. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done by clicking the WebEx link below.

Where: Virtual - WebEx meeting and registration link

Webinar password: cjwg2.23.23 (25942123 from phones)

Audio: Dial 1-518-549-0500; Access code: 2349 827 6746

In-Person: Event locations, times, and partners:

  • NY Green Bank, Alistair W.C. Clark Boardroom, 1333 Broadway, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 15 Columbia Circle, Plattsburgh Conference Room, Albany, NY 12203 
  • DEC Region 5 Office, 1115 NYS Rt. 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977
  • DEC Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414

This meeting will also be recorded and posted on the Climate Act website within three days, or as soon as practicable. 

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