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Thursday July 22, 2021

The Western NY Region ReLeaf committee has worked hard to put together a slate of speakers for a virtual conference you won’t want to miss!

We are excited to have John McNeil (certified municipal specialist, registered professional forester) start us off with how to turn plans into policy to help your municipality’s urban forestry program be successful. Learn about partnerships in the Buffalo region with Sharon Bachman ( Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County) and Ross Hassinger ( City of Buffalo) as they share information on the Community Tree Stewards program, and Greg Robinson (Olmsted Parks) as he discusses how to manage an urban forest in a public/private partnership.

See the full lineup of speakers here:

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Continuing education credits with ISA, DEC Pesticides, SAF, and CNLP available

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

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 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.  

7:00 PM
Contact  NYSDEC Summer Youth Program

Creatures of the Night:  Humans are not adapted for life in the total dark, but many animals are! We will take a full moon walk to look for signs of these amazing creatures while using our senses to safely explore a trail at night.  We'll also play wildlife games to discover some of the unique adaptations that help nocturnal animals to navigate, hunt and survive in the dark.

To learn more and register: Eventbrite Site

Please register only if you plan on attending. While spaces are limited at each event, there are many events to choose from throughout the summer!

This is a family program. Children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times. Drop-offs are not allowed. Younger siblings, children who have not attended camp before, or have aged out of camp are all welcome!

This hike is rated easy. 

LegendFive Rivers Recreation and Families Workshops

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