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Family-friendly Earth Week 2018 Events

Western New York

Date and time Location Activity
Sat. April 14
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Citizen Science: Project Budburst
Become a volunteer and learn how phenology (a plant's natural life cycle) affects wildlife and is affected by climate change. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Wed. April 18
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Senior Stroll
Experience nature at your own pace, and enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the woods. Bring a lunch if you want to eat indoors after the tour. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Wed. April 18
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Night Hike
Enjoy an evening walk under the stars and interactive quiz along the trail to discover the compatibility of your nocturnal spirit animals. For adults ages 18 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Thurs. April 19
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
After School Escape
Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different, fun, hour-long outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.
Thurs. April 19
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Phragmites Strike Team Meeting
If you enjoy getting outside and want to help maintain healthy wetlands at Reinstein Woods, join our Strike Team! Volunteers are needed to monitor and remove Phragmites australis, an invasive plant also known as common reed. Team members will learn monitoring protocols and removal techniques. Monitoring will take place throughout the spring and summer. No experience needed. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Sat. April 21
11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Woods Walk-Spring Flowers
Join a guided nature walk to search for the early wildflowers of spring. No registration required.
Sat. April 21
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Make a Reusable Bag
Stop in with your old t-shirts and plastic bags and we'll help you transform them in to reusable bags and holders for all your shopping needs. No registration required, call 716-683-5959 for more information.
Sat. April 21
2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Depew, NY
Birding 101 Class # 4
Who's in the pond? Who's flying over the pond? And who's hiding in the reeds? Learn about the ducks and wetland birds of Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Central New York

Date and time Location Activity
Wed. April 18
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rogers Environmental Education Center
Sherburne, NY
Toddler Story Time and Hike
Join us every Wednesday for songs and a story, followed by a short hike along the trails. Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy with friends.
For more information call 607-674-4733.
Wed. April 21
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rogers Environmental Education Center
Sherburne, NY
Family Fun Program - "Bed" Time
Spring's arrival means time to start the gardens at Rogers Center, otherwise known as "Bed" Time! Join Friends of Rogers in preparing beds and starting seeds. Many hands help the gardens grow!
For more information call 607-674-4733.
Sun. April 22 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Rogers Environmental Education Center
Sherburne, NY
"Catch-up" and Mustard Day
Join Rogers as we catch up on trail work, pull garlic mustard and do our spring cleaning. Then join us for some ketchup and/or mustard on a hot dog!

Adirondacks

Date and time Location Activity
Sat. April 21
10 AM - 4 PM
Thompson Park Zoo
Watertown, NY
North Country Earth Day at the Thompson Park Zoo
Come join the Earth Day celebrations at the Thompson Park Zoo! Learn about the natural world around you and the importance of protecting our natural resources. Discover new places and ways to enjoy the outdoors. There will be numerous family friendly activities and many different organizations will be at the event. For additional information, call the Thompson Park Zoo at 315-782-6180.
Sat. April 21 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center
80 Leland Ave. Ext, Utica, NY
Earth Day
Join DEC in recycling many materials during this event, including hazardous waste, paper, textiles and unwanted medication and pharmaceuticals. Fisheries staff will share info, Woodsy Owl will be there to greet people, and free tree seedlings will be available.

Capital District

Date and time Location Activity
Sat. April 14
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY

Watchable Wildlife: Welcoming Back the Early Spring Migrants
While mid-May brings waves of returning warblers and other songbirds, "spring" migration begins much sooner. We will watch for birds that typically return at the end of March or the beginning of April to breed at Five Rivers (e.g., Wood Duck, Killdeer, American Kestrel, and Tree Swallow). We may also see birds who are passing through early because they still have miles to go before they breed (e.g., Palm Warblers or northern-breeding waterfowl). Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited supply will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Sat. April 14
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY

Do you have a question?
Did you find or see or hear something interesting at Five Rivers or home and want to know more about it? Ask a Naturalist! A Five Rivers educator will be on hand in the visitor center's exhibit hall to answer, or help find answers to questions you may have. Bring pictures if you have them.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Sat. April 14 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Meet at the DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir in the town of Pittstown.

Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up
Bring gloves. Garbage bags are provided. We will work regardless of the weather. Register: Paul Schroeder at 518-674-2480 or pschroeder1@nycap.rr.com

Thurs. April 19
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY
Family Fun: Outdoors After School
Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. We'll meet in front of the visitor center to head out on an adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore. Come for as many sessions as you'd like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.
Fri. April 20
6:00 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY
The Amazing Earth Day Race
A fun, family-friendly evening of teams working to outwit each other while trekking around Five Rivers. At each stop, teams will compete in an Earth challenge, some mental and some physical. When a team successfully completes the challenge, the location of the next stop is given and the race continues. The first team to arrive at the final stop in the shortest amount of time will be crowned the winners! You must call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to pre-register.
Sat. April 21
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY

Family Fun: Nature Journals For Kids
April 21 marks the 180th anniversary of the birth of John Muir, noted naturalist and author, and April 22 is Earth Day. We'll celebrate both by reading a picture book about John Muir, going for a walk, and starting our own nature journal to take home, just as he did.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Sat. April 21
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY

Guided Walk: Volmankill Trail and Fordham's Crossing
Join us as we explore this stunning ravine, following the path of the Vlomankill from the trailhead to where it flows into Heron Pond. Along the way, we'll keep our eyes open for early wildflowers and other springtime treasures.

NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.

Sat. April 21 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pine Bush Discovery Ctr, 195 New Karner Road, Albany Pine Bush Earth Day Stewardship Event
A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. All equipment will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions and bring drinking water. Meet at the Discovery Center. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Pre-registration is required.www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

Sat. April 21 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Kinderhook Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY Community Earth Day Event
Join DEC staff for presentations on cutting food waste and ways to make positive environmental changes. Electronic waste recycling available. Fun hands-on activities for kids and teens.

Catskills

Date and time Location Activity
Sat. April 21
11 AM- 3:00 PM
Raindate: April 28
Binnekill Stream (between Main St and East Branch Stream Corridor), Margaretville, NY Free Family Fishing Event
Free bait, loaner rods and instruction for participants of all ages.

Hudson Valley

Date and time Location Activity
Sun. April 14 & Sun April 15
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Wappingers Falls, NY
Open Barn
Visit cows, pigs, sheep and chickens and learn about the importance of agriculture in the Hudson Valley and how to help support local farmers. The lambs are here.
Sat. April 21 & Sun April 22
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Wappingers Falls, NY
Open Barn
Visit cows, pigs, sheep and chickens and learn about the importance of agriculture in the Hudson Valley and how to help support local farmers. The lambs are here.
Sat. April 21
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ashokan Reservoir Frying Pan Access Site Gate E-27, Route 28A, Kingston NY
Free Family Fishing Day
Free bait, loaner rods and instruction for participants of all ages.
Sat. April 21
9:00 AM
Hyde Park Drive In, 4114 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY

Earth Day Recycling Celebration
Join DEC staff in recycling your unwanted materials.

Sat. April 21 FDR Hyde Park National Park Service Earth Day Event
DEC will join with the National Park Service and Dutchess County for this family friendly event.
Fri. April 27
9:00 AM
NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz, NY 12561 Student Conservation Association Earth Day Potting Up with NYSDEC
Potting up young trees which will be planted along Hudson River tributaries to improve water quality.

New York City

Date and time Location Activity
Wed. April 18 11:00 AM DEC Region 2 Bldg. Courtyard, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, Queens Seedling Give Away
Region 2 staff will be distributing free tree seedlings. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with DEC, staff from Assemblywoman Nolan's Office and the New York State Department of Transportation. Our friends from the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse will also be on site to give out compost and answer composting questions.
Sun. April 22
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Prospect Park Audubon Center (Prospect Park Lake), Brooklyn Free Fishing Clinic at Prospect Park Earth Day
Join DEC's fisheries staff to learn how to fish. Free loaner rods and bait will be available and fishing techniques shared.