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For Release: Friday, August 17, 2018

Reinstein Woods Fall Festival Theme is "Sustainable Earth"

18th Annual #RWFallFest Slated for September 15, 2018

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is inviting the public to the 18th Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can spend the day enjoying nature activities, exhibits, live animals, music, and more.

"Living sustainably is something we all want to achieve, but often don't know how," said Meaghan Boice Green, Reinstein Woods Center Director. "This festival is a fun way to explore everything from recycling to water conservation to creating a wildlife-friendly yard."

A scavenger hunt leads families on an adventure to find some of the more than 30 nature and environmental organizations at the festival. Visitors can get an up-close look at live animals at exhibits from Messinger Woods, SPCA Wildlife Department, Earth Spirit, and others. At Reinstein Woods' observational bee hive, a beekeeper will share beekeeping information and tips for attracting important pollinators to your yard.

Festivalgoers can bring their favorite old t-shirt to convert into a reusable shopping bag (donated t-shirts also will be available to use). Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be sharing tips on water conservation and will have rain barrels available for purchase. Visitors can create art from invasive pond lilies and enjoy simulated fly fishing on their way to the Pond Exploration Zone. Kids of all ages can engage in nature play activities including an "Eco-Tinker" zone.

Special presentations happen throughout the day. Environmental Conservation Police Officer Hunt and his K9 companion Bear will show how detector dogs help solve environmental crimes. Smokey Bear makes a special appearance during "The Job of a Forest Ranger." Visitors can discover more of Reinstein Woods on interpretive walks guided by Erie County Park Rangers.

Visitors are encouraged to bring household alkaline batteries for recycling. Festivalgoers can enjoy Mama Earth's interactive musical show while dining on treats from Boy Scout Troop 500's food stand. In keeping with the sustainable theme, visitors can go to the Zero Waste Station to compost their leftovers and recycle any food containers.

Reinstein Woods is located at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. For a complete list of festival activities, call (716) 683-5959 or visit the festival webpage (link leaves DEC website).

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