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Wednesday July 31, 2019
9:00 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

Many people are inspired by Five Rivers, including local artists. During July and August, members of the Bethlehem Art Association will exhibit some of their works related to the site in the visitor center.The exhibit is open during visitor center hours, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and state holidays.

Meet the artists at a reception from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, July 25.

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

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30am, Tuesday through Friday, rain or shine.

Each day begins with the reading of a story from nature. Hands-on activities will follow from the theme of the story and includes exploration, discovery, games, and crafts. Fridays will be spent by and in the stream. Please note the clothing requirements below.

Due to the nature of the activities we ask that only registered children attend.

Fee - One Adult + One Child + Materials Fee:
 Members $45.00, Non Members $60.00, $15.00 for each additional registered child.

Additional Information

How to dress for the programs:

Participants should dress for the out-of-doors. Shoes or sneakers (not sandals) are required footwear. Long pants are suggested to protect against poison ivy and insect bites. A hat is recommended.

Summer Family Fun (ages 2-8):Friday sessions will be spent wading in the stream; old sneakers and shorts are more appropriate for these days. Footwear must be worn in the stream. Water shoes must have a back strap and toes must be covered.

All participants should bring rain gear if the weather looks threatening. You may want to bring a small backpack.


All participants should bring water. Snacks are encouraged.

A note on insect repellent:

Insects are attracted to strong smelling shampoo, soaps and sweet smelling snacks. Your first line of defense should be the elimination of all strong aromas. Some repellents are extremely toxic. These repellents on hands or skin can be harmful to water critters or other animals you may handle. People with insect repellent on will not be allowed to handle insects or be in the stream.

1:00 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

Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. 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. 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. Volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance 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 to learn about the project.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

6:30 PM

Hands-on activities enable families to investigate a different nature topic each session. Note: this program will be held at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library, 1030 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.

Contact the library at 716-668-4991 to register for one or more sessions.
Contact  Region 4 and 7 Lands and Forests

DEC will host a public comment hearing to provide information, answer questions, and accept public input on the draft Treaty Line Unit Management Plan (UMP). Highlights of the plan include maintaining 208 acres of high conservation value forest, 18,050 acres of forest landscape connectivity corridors, and more than 28 miles of designated recreational trails.

The Treaty Line Unit consists of 19,186 acres of State lands located within portions of Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties, including Artic-China, Barbour Brook, Beals Pond, Columbia Lake, Kerryville, Melondy Hill, Michigan Hill, Pine Hill and Steam Mill State Forests. 

DEC recently received an independent proposal advocating for the development of a public trail riding area for motorized vehicles. The proposal seeks to designate and develop over 20,000 acres of State-owned public lands for ATV and motorcycle use, including six State Forests within the Treaty Line Unit, two additional State Forests outside the unit, and the Oquaga Creek State Park. Oquaga Creek State Park is administered by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The proposal was received after the creation of the draft UMP and is not currently included in the draft.

The hearing will begin with a brief presentation, followed by an open house forum to discuss ideas and issues directly with DEC staff. There will also be a formal opportunity to provide verbal comments. Verbal and written comments will be considered equally during the UMP process and meeting attendance is not required to submit input on the plan.

Public Hearing Location:
Sidney Junior/Senior High School Auditorium 
95 West Main Street 
Sidney, NY 13838

DEC will open an extended comment period on the draft UMP that lasts until Nov. 1, 2019. DEC will review all collected comments and provide written responses in the final UMP. To submit written comments, send an email with the subject line “Treaty Line Unit” to, by U.S. Mail, or phone to: 

Jason Schoellig, Senior Forester, 
NYS DEC Region 7 
2715 State Route 80 
Sherburne, NY 13460 
(607) 674-4017 ext. 607 


Nathan Funk, Senior Forester 
NYS DEC Region 4 
65561 State Route 10 
Stamford, NY 12167 
(607) 652-3694

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