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For Release: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Students to Participate in 'Day in the Life' Watershed Program

Oct. 3 Event Connects Students and Teachers with Local Waterways

On Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from area schools will collect scientific information for the "Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed." The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is coordinating the event at locations throughout the region in partnership with the Buffalo Audubon Society, Friends of Reinstein Woods, and SUNY Fredonia's Institute for Research in Science Teaching (IRST).

Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed is supported, in part, by a $66,834 grant to Friends of Reinstein Woods from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During the event, more than 300 students from 15 local schools and home school groups will collect scientific data along waterways within the Lake Erie/Niagara River Watershed, which stretches from Chautauqua County to Niagara County along the Lake Erie and Niagara River shorelines. The grant expands the "Day in the Life of the Buffalo River" (leaves DEC website) program, established in 2013, to include a larger watershed and more schools and teachers.

Students will use hands-on field techniques to test water chemistry and investigate aquatic life, following protocols established by the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) (leaves DEC website) Program. Established in 1995, GLOBE provides students around the world with the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of Earth's systems by collecting real scientific data. DEC and its partners trained participating teachers to become certified GLOBE teachers, enabling them to continue the learning into the classroom. The data collected by students will be posted online to the GLOBE database. Classes will have the opportunity to compare their results with other sites and to present their findings to local water-related organizations in early 2020.

Classes also receive in-class presentations before and after the October field experience to enhance their understanding of issues related to the state's vital water resources. In 2020, the students will participate in stewardship activities designed to care for their local watershed. Stewardship projects may include awareness campaigns, shoreline cleanups, or invasive species removal on public lands in the watershed.

As part of the field experience on Oct. 3, staff from partner organizations such as DEC's Great Lakes Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will assist students in collecting data and share their water-related career experiences.

Participating schools, partners, and event locations are listed in the table on the following page. To schedule a visit to a participating site, or for more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959.

School Watershed Location Partnering Organization
Dunkirk Middle School Canadaway Creek Nature Sanctuary,
10836 Temple Road, Dunkirk
DEC Great Lakes Program
Westfield Academy Doly Creek at Westfield Academy, Westfield SUNY Fredonia IRST
Buffalo Public School 32
Bennett Park Montessori
Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo Alliance for the Great Lakes
Buffalo Public School 27
Hillery Park
Cazenovia Park, Warren Spahn Way, Buffalo DEC Reinstein Woods
Buffalo Public School 196 Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca DEC Great Lakes Program
Cleveland Hill Middle School Bowen Grove, 3893 Bowen Road, Lancaster DEC Reinstein Woods
Depew High School Depew High School, Transit Road, Depew DEC Reinstein Woods
Holland High School Sprague Brook Park, near bridge Shelter #4, 9674 Foote Road, Glenwood Buffalo Audubon Society
Kenmore East High School 18 Mile Creek DEC Reinstein Woods
Kenmore East High School (2) Red Jacket Riverfront Park, foot of Smith Street, Buffalo Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Randolph Academy - Hamburg Campus Mill Road Park, 741 Mill Road, West Seneca Buffalo Audubon Society
Williamsville East High School Elma Village Green, 3001 Bowen Road, Elma DEC Reinstein Woods
Stella Niagara Educational Park Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo DEC Great Lakes Program
Transit Road Middle School Akron Falls Park near Shelter 12, 44 Parkview Drive, Akron U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WNY Homeschool Group Isle View Park, 796 Niagara Street, Tonawanda Buffalo Audubon Society
Niagara Falls High School Gill Creek at Hyde Park, Niagara Falls Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
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