D E C banner

Events and Important Dates

Go to:    Calendar Home (full calendar for current month)  |   Mobile View (opens in new window)  |   View Events by Region (list at bottom of page)
(Use the drop-down boxes below to show only certain event types, or to change the date period. See color legend below calendar.)
Full Calendar
More
Select View
Year
Month
Week
Day
Planner View
Week of 24 January, 2021
Sunday - 1/24
No Scheduled Events
Monday - 1/25
 Proposed Amendment to Black Bass Sportfishing Regulations - Comment Ends
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html
Contact  Jeff Loukmas
regulations.fish@dec.ny.gov

This rulemaking would eliminate "any size" and 10 inch minimum size limit black bass fishing regulations and replace them with the statewide 12 inch minimum size limit.

Send to:

Jeff Loukmas
NYS DEC
625 Broadway, 5th Fl.
Albany, NY 12233-4753

e-mail: Black Bass Regulations; regulations.fish@dec.ny.gov



 Proposed Amendment to Trout Stream Sportfishing Regulations - Comment Ends
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html
Contact  Fred Henson
regulations.fish@dec.ny.gov

This rulemaking revised and standardizes inland trout stream fishing regulations by creating a statewide inland trout stream regulation, four regulation categories, and creating a catch and release season from October 15 through March 31.

Comments will be accepted until January 25, 2021.

Send to:

Fred Henson
NYS DEC
625 Broadway, 5th Fl.
Albany, NY 12233-4753

e-mail: Trout Stream Regulations; regulations.fish@dec.ny.gov



10:00 AMFive Rivers: Family Field Trips
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

Family Field Trips

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this winter by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers! Meet a Friends naturalist to head afield for one of four offerings: Animal Tracking, Snowman Birdfeeders, Snowshoeing, and Sap to Syrup. (Sap to Syrup is offered in March only and runs at additional times. See Registration Form for details.)
Who: Families or friend groups (maximum 8 participants Friends naturalist)
* 2 adults required on every fieldtrip
What: Nature field trip; visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org for topics and outing descriptions
When: 10:00–11:30 AM or 1:30–3:00 PM on Mondays (begins January 4)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members/$15 for non-members
Questions: Contact Nancy at gsp5rivers@outlook.com for further information
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org

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.  



 Five Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Programs Animal Adaptations
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

  Guided School Program

Actively engage your entire class in the discovery process through hands-on experiences and minds-on investigation at Five Rivers. Our classroom is the great outdoors! During January and February, learn about animal adaptations and winter survival as we explore animal tracks and scat in a variety of habitats. In March, join us for a one-hour Marvelous Maples lesson where you will learn the sappy secret of syrup! For additional program details, visit the Friends website at www.FriendsOfFiveRivers.org.
Who: Schools/home schools (maximum daily participants: 30 students with 6 school chaperones, divided into 10-student, 2-chaperon groups.)


Animal Adaptations 10:00 AM–12:00 PM on Mondays (January 4, 11, 25; February 1, 8)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $50 per group of 10 students with 2 school chaperones
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org, go to School Programs tab

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.  



1:30 PMFive Rivers: Family Field Trips
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

Family Field Trips

Enhance your family’s scientific learning this winter by scheduling a Family Fieldtrip to Five Rivers! Meet a Friends naturalist to head afield for one of four offerings: Animal Tracking, Snowman Birdfeeders, Snowshoeing, and Sap to Syrup. (Sap to Syrup is offered in March only and runs at additional times. See Registration Form for details.)
Who: Families or friend groups (maximum 8 participants Friends naturalist)
* 2 adults required on every fieldtrip
What: Nature field trip; visit www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org for topics and outing descriptions
When: 10:00–11:30 AM or 1:30–3:00 PM on Mondays (begins January 4)
Where: In person at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Fee: $10 for members/$15 for non-members
Questions: Contact Nancy at gsp5rivers@outlook.com for further information
Registration: www.FriendsofFiveRivers.org

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.  



Tuesday - 1/26
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Virtual Program: Planting for Pollinators
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

It's never too early to think about your summer garden! Discover how choosing the right plants can benefit wildlife while also beautifying your yard. 

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead (716-683-5959) to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • Participants will be emailed a link for the presentation.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.


10:30 AMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Fun Program
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

Families with young children (pre-school) will accompany naturalists on interactive, themed discovery walks around Five Rivers. Activity pages will be sent home each week to create an expanding journal. Pre-registration is required. Contact Nancy Payne by email at nancy.payne@dec.ny.gov for further information or visit FriendsofFiveRivers.org to register.
Who: Preschool-aged children and parents or adult caregivers; older siblings welcome!
Maximum Group Size: 2 families / naturalist
When: 10:30–11:30 AM or 12:30–1:30 PM on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for four weeks.
Where: In person at Five Rivers
Fee: $15 for members; $20 for non-members – fee includes materials

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.



4:00 PMFive Rivers: Citizen Science Winter Raptor Survey
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

People with bird-watching skills or the desire to learn are needed to help discover winter feeding areas of endangered raptor species. Volunteers meet at Five Rivers once or twice a month and spend an hour, centered around sunset, scanning for and recording raptor species on Five Rivers’ grasslands. Participants do not have to attend every session and will need their own binoculars. Study dates are subject to change due to weather. Pre-registration is required. Please help us save these threatened and endangered species. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 or email 5Rivers@dec.ny.gov 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.



Wednesday - 1/27
10:30 AMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers Family Fun Program
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

Families with young children (pre-school) will accompany naturalists on interactive, themed discovery walks around Five Rivers. Activity pages will be sent home each week to create an expanding journal. Pre-registration is required. Contact Nancy Payne by email at nancy.payne@dec.ny.gov for further information or visit FriendsofFiveRivers.org to register.
Who: Preschool-aged children and parents or adult caregivers; older siblings welcome!
Maximum Group Size: 2 families / naturalist
When: 10:30–11:30 AM or 12:30–1:30 PM on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for four weeks.
Where: In person at Five Rivers
Fee: $15 for members; $20 for non-members – fee includes materials

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.



1:30 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk and Trek 2: Winter Tree Buds and Scars
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

Winter Tree Buds and Scars

Winter offers an unobscured view of tree buds and scars, two identifying features of trees. Each week we will head out to investigate a tree or two lining our path. Could they be the same ones lining your street? Join us to find out!
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy walking shoes/boots, and pack a snack. If needed, snowshoes will be provided. Meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.
Contact Nancy Conway by email at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or visit FriendsofFiveRivers.org to register.
For: Adults (6 maximum participants)
Where: In person at Five Rivers
Fee: $35 for members; $55 for non-members

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 PMVirtual Meeting - Syosset Park Lots 251 and 252 Site (Oyster Bay)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Webex (virtual platform) to discuss the proposed remedy and accept public comments.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the proposed remedy, how to participate in the upcoming virtual meeting, and comment period.

Access the Virtual Meeting via WebEx:

https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1d8bf20bb8a24cc23352a802066d24c2



Thursday - 1/28
9:00 AMFive Rivers: Guided Walk: Pandemic Perambulating
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

Guided Walk: Pandemic Perambulating
Stuck indoors with the pandemic getting you down? Get up and get out! Join us for an easy-paced walk to get some fresh air and enjoy a little socially distant company. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Monday prior to register. In the event of severe weather, these programs may be canceled.

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.



10:00 AMFive River: Friends of Five Rivers: Talk and Trek 1: Exploring Winter Life
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

Exploring Winter Life and Activity

Winter is a wonderful time to explore the lives of insects, birds, mammals, trees, and weeds. With Donald W. Stokes’ A Guide to Nature in Winter as our escort, let’s head outdoors to discover life under, in, and above the snow. Each week, participants will prepare for our walk by reading a general information section, usually two to three pages. When we head afield, we will hunt for examples of the subject matter and delve into its unique characteristics, history, and identification.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy walking shoes/boots, and pack a snack. If needed, snowshoes will be provided. Meet at Five Rivers’ Guided School Program Building.
Contact Nancy Conway by email at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or visit FriendsofFiveRivers.org to register.
For: Adults (6 maximum participants)
Where: In person at Five Rivers
Fee: $35 for members; $55 for non-members

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.



1:00 PMUrban Forest Health Update - NY ReLeaf Webinar
Contact  Urban and Community Forestry Program
urbanforestry@dec.ny.gov

Join us for the first NYS ReLeaf webinar of 2021! Jess Cancelliere and Rob Cole will give an overview of the Forest Health Program, including the Diagnostic Lab and the services it offers. They'll also talk about Beech Leaf disease and white pine decline, two issues likely to impact urban forests across New York in the coming years.

Registration is required for this free event:
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0d534d38a2f88b4fa36a4cb40278e74c



2:00 PMFive Rivers: Friends of Five Rivers : Map and Compass Series
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

Calling all young adventurers and adult partners! Head afield with a Friends naturalist in Week 1 to learn basic map and compass skills needed to find an undisclosed location and hidden object. Repeat the process in Weeks 2 and 3 until you feel comfortable with your newfound skills. On Weeks 4 and 5, head off on your own to find the final two pieces to the puzzle.
For: Elementary-aged children and adult partners
Where: In person at Five Rivers
Fee: members $35, non-members $55
(fee includes materials)
Contact Nancy Conway by email at gsp5rivers@outlook.com or visit FriendsofFiveRivers.org 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.



6:30 PMVirtual Public Information Session - Habitat Management Plan for Erwin WMA
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24434.html
Contact  region8@dec.ny.gov (585) 226-5383
Location  Virtual Public Outreach

DEC will host a virtual public information session to provide information and answer questions about the recently completed habitat management plan for Erwin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the town of Erwin, Steuben County.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature an hour-long presentation about the WMA’s history, habitat goals, and planned management actions, followed by a question-and-answer period. This presentation will be recorded and made available to the public after the session. Registration is required.

Register for the event here >>



7:00 PMVirtual Public Meeting - NM Troy Water St. MGP Site (Troy)
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

A virtual public meeting has been scheduled on January 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Webex (virtual platform) to discuss the proposed remedy and accept public comments.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the proposed remedy, how to participate in the upcoming virtual meeting, and comment period.



Friday - 1/29
 Proposed Cleanup - Former Wollensack Optical Site (Rochester) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to the Former Wollensack Optical Site #C828209 (Rochester, Monroe County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through January 29, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C828209/

And, once reopened, at:

Phillis Wheatley Library
c/o Lori Frankunas
33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, New York 14608
Phone: (585) 428-8212

--and--

NYSDEC, Region 8 Headquarters
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, New York 14414
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
M-F 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM



Saturday - 1/30
 Brownfield App. & Work Plans - La Central Phase II Site (Bronx) Comment Deadline
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2...
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@dec.ny.gov

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application, Draft Remedial Action Work Plan, and Remedial Investigation Report for a site known as La Central Phase II, site ID #C203143. This site is located in the Borough of the Bronx within the County of the Bronx and is located at 625 and 671 Brook Avenue and 503 East 153rd St. Public comments about the application and draft work plans must be submitted by January 30, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C203143/

And, once reopened, at:

Woodstock Library
761 East 160th St
Bronx, NY 10456 

--and--

Bronx Community Board District 1
3024 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455



10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Winter Tree ID
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

Don’t know the difference between a spruce and a pine tree? Come learn how to ID local trees in winter. For adults and children ages 10 and older. 

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

  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events.
  • You must pre-register by phone; 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 for popular programs is limited to 3 people per party.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • 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.


2:00 PMFive Rivers: Pining for a Tree
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

Pining for a Tree

Can’t tell the difference between a white spruce and a white pine? Join us as we walk among Five Rivers’ forests and delve into some tricks for telling our evergreen tree species apart from each other. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, January 27, to register. In the event of severe weather, this program may be canceled.

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.



December - 2020
SMTWTFS
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
January - 2021
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
February - 2021
SMTWTFS
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28      
LegendDeadlines Five Rivers Meetings Reinstein Woods






View all of our events in your region of the state:


*** Not sortable by event type ***

Region 1 (Long Island)    |   Region 2 (New York City)   |   Region 3 (Lower Hudson Valley)   |   Region 4 (Capital Region/Northern Catskills)   |   Region 5 (Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain)   |   Region 6 (Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario)   |   Region 7 (Central New York)   |   Region 8 (Western Finger Lakes)   |   Region 9 (Western New York)   |   All Regions Together


* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

This calendar provides a listing of all DEC-sponsored events that are open to the public. You can click on any event in the calendar to view additional details about the event. Note that the events at environmental education centers will only display in the region in which they are located, even though they serve residents from adjacent areas. We welcome people with disabilities to all of our programs. Please call the contact number ahead of time to let us know your specific needs and we will be happy to learn how we can best serve you.

We would appreciate receiving feedback from our users. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties viewing or using this calendar by sending an email to the DEC webmaster.