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Week of 31 January, 2021
Sunday - 1/31
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Monday - 2/1
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 - 2/2
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 - 2/3
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.



Thursday - 2/4
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 Monday, February 1, 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.



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.



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.



Friday - 2/5
 Brownfield App- White Plains Chrysler Dealership (White Plains) 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) application for a site known as White Plains Chrysler Car Dealership, site ID #C360209. This site is located in the City of White Plains, within the County of Westchester, and is located at 70 Westchester Avenue. Public comments about the application must be submitted by February 5, 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/C360209/

And, once reopened, at:

White Plains Public Library
100 Marine Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601



 Brownfield App. & Work Plan - 161-03 29th Avenue (Flushing) 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) application and Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for a site known as 161-03 29th Avenue, site ID #C241247. This site is located in the City of Flushing, within the County of Queens, and is located at 161-03 – 161-11 29th Avenue. Public comments about the application and draft work plan must be submitted by February 5, 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/C241247/

And, once reopened, at:

Queens Public Library Auburndale Branch
22-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11358

--and--

Queens Community Board 7
133-32 41st Road
Room 3B
Flushing, NY 11355



 Proposed Cleanup - 53 Putnam Street Site (Saratoga Springs) 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 53 Putnam Street, site ID #C546057 (Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through February 5, 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/C546057/

And, once reopened, at:

Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-7860



 Proposed Cleanup - NM Troy Water St. MGP Site (Troy) 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 proposed remedy to address contamination related to the NM - Troy Water St. Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP), site ID #442029 (Troy, Rensselaer County) within New York’s Manufactured Gas Plant Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through February 5, 2021.

A virtual public meeting also has been scheduled: January 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Webex to discuss the proposal and accept public comments.

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

Project documents can be accessed online at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/442029/

And, once reopened, at:

Troy Public Library
100 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-7071



Saturday - 2/6
10:00 AMReinstein Woods - Groundhogs and Woolly Bears
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

Explore the folklore of weather predictors and discover the best spots to watch for signs of spring 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

  • 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.


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