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Environmental Education Centers and Programs

Free transportation grants are available for schools in districts with Title 1 schools to visit DEC's environmental education centers and fish hatcheries, through NY's Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant program. (leaves DEC website)

K9 Demonstration at Reinstein Woods
ECO K9 Demonstration at Reinstein Woods EEC Fall Festival

DEC operates two fully staffed Environmental Education Centers (EECs) and two EECs operated by Friends groups offering classes and programs on environmental awareness around New York State. Each center has interpretive trails, exhibit areas, and meeting rooms and offers family events all year round. Classes for students include guided field trips through diverse habitats. Workshops for teachers provide opportunities for professional growth, and internships are available for people interested in pursuing careers in natural history or related fields. Visit our Workshops for Educators page to learn about what programs we offer to educators. Public programs include evening and weekend walks and talks on natural history topics, as well as large festivals.

Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Preserve (outside of Buffalo, NY) and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (outside of Albany, NY) are the two centers operated by DEC staff. Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne (Chenango County) is operated by the Friends of Rogers, and Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls (Dutchess County) is run by the Stony Kill Foundation. Both friends groups rely on memberships, donations, and grants to fund their programs, staff, and daily operations.

There are also three regional environmental education programs that offer professional development for educators, in-class and after-school programs on the environment, and public environmental education programs at fairs and festivals. The regional programs are located in DEC Region 1 - Long Island; DEC Region 2 - New York City; DEC Regions 6, 7, & 8- Western Adirondacks & Central NY.

Boy Bird Watching at 5 rivers
Bird watching from inside 5 Rivers

The Hudson River Estuary Program also has an education and interpretation unit that focuses on Hudson River lessons and exploring the Hudson River Estuary. Their programs can be viewed on the Hudson River Estuary Program Education and Interpretation page.


More about Environmental Education Centers and Programs:

  • Environmental Education Intern Program - DEC's environmental education centers offer internships for people interested in environmental education, natural history, science education or other related fields.
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