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For Release: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DEC Announces Winter Wonderland at Reinstein Woods

Event Features Outdoor Winter Fun

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites the public to celebrate "Winter Wonderland in the Woods" on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County.

Visitors can discover a variety of outdoor activities during the event. Ice-fishing demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon and visitors will be able to try snowshoes and cross-county skis in a demonstration area, weather permitting. Snowshoe rentals will also be available for those who wish to explore the trails of the preserve.

Children can celebrate winter with snowshoeing and a snowball target toss regardless of the weather. Families will enjoy new activities such as strolling a Story-Boardwalk and transforming into human birdfeeders for an intimate experience with local birds. Kids can express their creative side in the snow art area and make crafts indoors.

The Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will be on hand to will be on hand to talk about winter rescue and DEC Forest Rangers will demonstrate flat ice rescue techniques on a frozen lake at 1 p.m. The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will offer brief winter nature walks throughout the day. Visitors can learn about the late-winter activity of maple sugaring with Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.

After enjoying outdoor activities, families can warm up inside the education center with hot drinks and snacks sold by Friends of Reinstein Woods. The SPCA Wildlife Department will present informative talks on wild animal rehabilitation at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring used alkaline batteries to be recycled in a hands-on demonstration by The Coalition of Positively Charged People. There will also be door prizes, costumed characters, exhibits and more.

The event will take place regardless of snow conditions, and additional activities featuring nature experiences will be added in case of warm weather.

Registration is not required for this event. There is no entry fee, but donations to Friends of Reinstein Woods are always welcome. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959, or visit and search for "Winter Wonderland."

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  • Mary Ronan
    Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
    93 Honorine Drive
    Depew NY 14043
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