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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

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Come Discover Reinstein Woods

Transportation grants are available for most public and charter schools to visit Reinstein Woods. Visit NYS Parks Transportation Grants (leaves DEC's website) for more information.

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Lily Pond at Reinstein Woods

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve - a unique 292-acre complex of forests, ponds, and wetlands surrounded by suburban development. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages. In addition to free guided tours of the woods, DEC offers a variety of special programs each month, including snowshoe and ski adventures, walks on seasonal topics, and a fall nature festival. DEC invites you to visit this fascinating area!

Services that we offer include:

  • School, youth and adult group tours and outreach programs
  • Day in the Life of the Buffalo River
  • Teacher workshops and a summer teacher institute
  • Access to programs and facilities for people with disabilities
  • Naturalist Intern Program - a training internship available to those seeking professional experience in environmental education

To learn more about the environmentally-friendly features of the Environmental Education Center, see the "Green" Environmental Education Center (PDF, 252 KB) brochure.

Featured Activities



The trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visitors are requested to sign in and out at the main trailhead kiosk and obey the posted rules. Interpretive pamphlets corresponding to the Lily Pond Loop, Footprint Trail, and Beech Tree Trail are available at each trailhead kiosk or inside the Environmental Education Center. Interpretive signs are found along the State Symbols Trail and History Trail. Benches are available on most trails. You can find general information on hiking on DEC's website, including how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

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Education Programs


Reinstein Woods offers a wide variety of regularly scheduled public programs and events. Upcoming programs can be found at Reinstein Woods Public Programs and Events. Programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Dress for the weather! Organized groups (e.g. scouts, schools, hiking groups) wishing to participate in any of these programs must call to schedule a separate program for your group.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing


DEC partners with Friends of Reinstein Woods to offer snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals for use on Reinstein Woods' trails. For more information on prices and availability, visit Snowshoe and Cross-country ski rentals (link leaves DEC's website). You can find general information on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on DEC's website, including how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Watchable Wildlife


Many species of wildlife native to Western New York, including white-tailed deer, beaver, waterfowl, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers and majestic great blue herons live in or visit Reinstein Woods and thrive under its protection. Native wildflowers, ferns fungi also inhabit Reinstein Woods. General information on watchable wildlife, including tips for viewing wildlife and links to other watchable wildlife sites can be found on DEC's website.

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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve features an
earth-friendly environmental education center

Accessible Features


Reinstein Woods features a wheelchair accessible Education Center and restroom facility. The trail surface from the parking lot to the Education Center is brick pavers. Other trails are flat or gentle grades with crushed stone and mowed grass surfaces.

The Education Center has a scooter available for those with limited mobility to borrow to explore many of the trails. Contact the Education Center for details: (716) 683-5959.

Reinstein Woods is included in the New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center's online database. This database provides information about physical accessibility and social inclusion of recreation areas, facilities, parks, and programs from around the state of New York. View the complete site assessment (link leaves DEC's website) for more information.

General information on accessible recreation, including links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access can be found on DEC's website.

Naturalist Intern Program

The Naturalist Intern Program is a training internship available to those seeking professional experience in environmental education. Each inter will receive training in the mission and role of the DEC environmental education bureau, a wide variety of center programs, the operations and activities of a center, principles of environmental interpretation, and natural history of New York.


Reinstein Woods Environmenal Education Center is located in Depew, NY at 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. See Google Maps and enter your address for step by step directions of Reinstein Woods (link leaves DEC's website).

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (link leaves DEC's website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Special Regulations

Visitors to DEC's environmental education centers should become familiar with the regulations governing the use of the centers as found in the New York State Register and Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Go to the Use of Environmental Education Centers page (link leaves DEC's website) to see the regulations concerning the education centers

Please remember that the following are prohibited without express written permission from DEC.

  • Bikes, skateboards, and motorized vehicles on the trails
  • Taking or releasing plants or animals
  • Hunting, trapping, and fishing
  • Pets and horses
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers
  • Camping and campfires

Please stay on designated trails to protect the environment and dispose of trash and recyclables in appropriate containers.

Reinstein Woods is within a 5- mile radius of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Therefore, please leave drones at home.

How We Manage Reinstein Woods

DEC operates Reinstein Woods in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Reinstein Woods (link leaves DEC's website). DEC use the Reinstein Woods Unit Management Plan (UMP) to guide its management of Reinstein Woods.

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