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For Release: Monday, January 13, 2020

DEC Announces Winter Wonderland at Reinstein Woods on February 8

#RWWinterWonderland Features Winter Sports and Fun Challenges

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, February 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (leaves DEC's website) in the town of Cheektowaga, Erie County.

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

Children will be able to try snowshoeing regardless of the weather and enjoy winter challenges including a snowball target toss, Bird Spotting Challenge trail, and a snowflake investigation station. Kids can also express their creative side in the nature art area and make crafts indoors.

The Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will be on hand to talk about winter rescue and will provide a compass navigation course for participants looking to test their navigation skills. DEC Forest Rangers will demonstrate flat ice rescue techniques on a frozen lake, and an Erie County Park Ranger will offer brief winter wildlife survival hikes throughout the day.

After enjoying outdoor activities, attendees can warm up inside the education center with hot drinks and snacks sold by Friends of Reinstein Woods. The SPCA Wildlife Department and Project Thruway Turtle Watch will have live animals and be available to discuss wild animal rehabilitation. 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 683-5959, or visit the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve website and search for "Winter Wonderland."

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