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For Release: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

DEC's 'Day in the Life' Watershed Program on Oct. 6 to Include More Than 600 Area Students

Event Connects Youth and Teachers with the Niagara River and Lake Erie Watersheds

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from more than a dozen area schools will collect scientific information for the "Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed." DEC is coordinating the event at locations throughout the region in partnership with the Friends of Reinstein Woods. Participating students will collect scientific data along waterways within the Lake Erie/Niagara River Watershed.

"We are thrilled to have more than 600 students from 16 local schools join us for this hands-on educational opportunity to help build the next generation of environmental stewards," said Regional Director Julie Barrett-O'Neill. "Participants 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."

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) Program (leaves DEC website). 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 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 within the local watershed and around the world.

Ten "Day in the Life" educators are also participating in the Niagara River/Lake Erie (NRLE) Classroom program. These educators prepared for this event by completing a nine-week Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences Academy led by Reinstein Woods in partnership with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Classrooms will also participate in additional data collection field trips throughout the school year and complete a stewardship activity designed to care for their local watershed. Stewardship projects may include public awareness campaigns, shoreline cleanups, or invasive species removal on public lands in the watershed.

Day in the life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed is supported, in part, by a $76,006 grant to Friends of Reinstein Woods from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As part of the field experience on Oct. 6, staff from partner organizations such as Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 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 below. To schedule a visit to a participating site, or for more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959.

Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed
School Watershed Location Partnering Organization
Randolph Academy Canadaway Creek Nature Sanctuary

10836 Temple Rd, Dunkirk, NY 14048
SUNY Fredonia Institute for Research in Science Teaching
Herbert Hoover Middle School Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center
2001 Union Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224
DEC Reinstein Woods
Stanley G. Falk School Cazenovia Park
Warren Spahn Way, Buffalo, NY 14220
DEC Reinstein Woods
Depew High School Como Lake Park
2220 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086
DEC Reinstein Woods
Randolph Academy Mill Road Park
740 Mill Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
DEC Reinstein Woods
Stella Niagara Education Park Mutual Riverfront Park
41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Holland High School Sprague Brook County Park
9674 Foote Rd, Glenwood, NY 14069
DEC Great Lakes Program
South Park High School Thomas F. Higgins Riverfront Park
152 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220
DEC Reinstein Woods
Nichols School Forest Lawn Cemetery
1990 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Forest Lawn Cemetery
DEC Reinstein Woods
Orchard Park High School Woodlawn Beach State Park
3580 Lake Shore Rd, Blasdell, NY 14219
New York State Parks
Riverside Academy Akron Falls County Park
44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001
DEC Reinstein Woods
Casey Middle School Beaver Island State Park
2136 W Oakfield Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072
New York State Parks
North Tonawanda High School North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens
1825 Sweeney St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens
Edward Town Middle School Niagara Wheatfield High School
2292 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132
DEC Reinstein Woods
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
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