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Week of 7 August, 2022
Sunday - 8/7
2:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at Hempstead Lake State Park (Nassau County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Patrick Kaminski - NYS Parks
516-766-1029

Learn how to fish for free with DEC from 2:00PM- 3:30PM at McDonalds Pond in Hempstead Lake State Park. This free fishing clinic event, co-sponsored by DEC and NYS Parks, offers participants the opportunity to practice basic fishing skills and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more! Rods and reels will be available to borrow, and fishing bait will be provided. All ages are welcome to attend.

No freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: Hempstead Lake State Park - 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.



Monday - 8/8
1:00 PMGreat Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange Workshops
https://nyseagrant.org/articles/t/new-york-s-great-lakes-ec...
Contact  Emily Fell
emily.fell@dec.ny.gov

Demonstrations of learning standards aligned lessons and hands on activities on Great Lakes issues like plastic

pollution, coastal resiliency, and climate change; Presentations from researchers and local experts; Connect with fellow teachers and educators; Participants are eligible for a $50 participant payment.

Register Today at https://bit.ly/3LrcTxJ

New York's Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange (NYGLEEE) is a program administered by

New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, partnering with educators in New York's Great Lakes watershed to develop an experiential environmental education program focusing on Great Lakes Literacy Principles and stewardship. For more information, please visit: https://nyseagrant.org/gleee



2:00 PMFive Rivers:Monday Funday Explorers
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Join a naturalist as we explore nature with an outdoor adventure every Monday! This program is for children in grades K-5 and their caregivers. Different program themes each week.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Friday beforehand to register.



Tuesday - 8/9
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Native Plants: Identification, Planting, and Monitoring
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

NIAGARA RIVER/LAKE ERIE (NRLE) CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

These free workshops are designed to help educators dive into NGSS-aligned watershed education. NRLE Classroom teachers must attend a minimum of 2 summer workshops, but spaces are available for educators not participating in the full program. 3 CTLE Hours.

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • 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.


5:00 PMFree Learn-to-Fish Clinic at N. 5th Street Pier in Williamsburg (Kings County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Steven Wong - DEC Region 2 Office
FWFISH2@dec.ny.gov

Learn how to fish for free from 5:00PM-7:00PM at N. 5th Street Pier, Kings County. This free fishing clinic event, sponsored by DEC offers participants the opportunity to practice fishing and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology and more!

No freshwater fishing license is required for participants during the event; however, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Address/Directions: N. 5th Street Pier in Williamsburg, 105 River Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinics.



Wednesday - 8/10
5:30 AMFacebook LIVE - Duck Banding
https://www.facebook.com/watch/NYSDEC/
Location  Online / Virtual

Join wildlife staff as they go live from the field in the early morning (likely between 5:30 and 6:30 AM) while attempting to capture and band ducks in Saratoga County. Every year, DEC staff capture and band approximately 8,000 migratory game birds to monitor their populations. Assuming the ducks cooperate, we will be airing this livestream in two segments—the first will feature our team attempting to capture ducks using a rocket net. Then, we will return shortly thereafter to show our biologists recording and banding the birds. 

Grab a cup of your morning coffee or tea and tune in for some early morning bird research!



Thursday - 8/11
7:30 AMFive Rivers:I Bird NY- Early Morning Bird Walks
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the birds of Five Rivers, including the fall migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome.

Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled.

For more information, call 518-475-0291.



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Ribbit, Slither, Croak!
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Discover snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods.

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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.


 Reinstein Woods - Great Lakes Data Jam Workshop
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Engage your students in a fun, place-based data visualization project this school year! Students participating in the Great Lakes Data Jam will analyze local data to identify trends and patterns. Students will share their findings in a scientific report, but also communicate their findings in a creative way that engages and informs a larger audience. The data communication projects can take many forms, from posters and infographics to songs, poems, and short movies. Details can be found in the Data Jam Educator’s Guide. For teachers of students in grades 4-12.

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • 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.


12:00 PMRochester Community Air Monitoring Meeting #2 via WebEx Meeting
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/125320.html
Contact  Andrea Pedrick
Region8@dec.ny.gov
Location  Online / Virtual

DEC is undertaking a statewide community air quality monitoring effort in ten disadvantaged communities that are home to an estimated five million New Yorkers.

Rochester  is one of several communities selected for air quality monitoring using criteria developed by the State’s Climate Justice Working Group. DEC is looking for input to identify and define specific areas for monitoring in their communities.

More information on the Statewide Community Air Monitoring Initiative >>

Ways to join the meeting:

Join from the meeting link
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=mfb0b8c26e11a92cc55f150845cfc1439

Join by meeting number 
Meeting number (access code): 161 150 2309
Meeting password: T2MbCZgw4R3

Join by phone
+1-518-549-0500 US (English Menu)



1:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
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. Join volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in conserving monarchs and advancing the 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 www.mlmp.org to learn about the project. Space is limited.

Call 518-475-0291 by the Saturday prior to register.



5:30 PMFree Freshwater Fishing Event at Knapps Lake (Suffolk County)
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Mary Fromhan - Town of Islip
631-224-5430

At this free fishing clinic you and your family can learn how to fish for free! This event held on Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall Park in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County is co-sponsored by NYSDEC I Fish NY and the Town of Islip Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. In addition to learning how to fish, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required, but all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect. Rods and bait will be provided free of charge

Registration for this event is required as space is limited. Please contact Mary Fromhan with the Town of Islip at 631-224-5430 for availability and additional details.

Address/Directions: Brookwood Hall Park, 50 Irish Lane, Islip, NY 11751

Visit the Free Fishing Clinics page for additional information on this and other upcoming clinic events.



Friday - 8/12
No Scheduled Events
Saturday - 8/13
10:00 AMFive Rivers:Guided Walk Beaver Tree Trail
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or 5rivers@dec.ny.gov
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Look for wildlife at the beaver pond with a Five Rivers educator on this leisurely walk. You never know what may be swimming, flying, buzzing, or hopping nearby.

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 10 to register.



 Reinstein Woods - Fern Foray
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Become familiar with the fabulous ferns that fill our forest floor with feathery fronds.

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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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